Presentations and Workshops

CARLA sponsors a series of presentations and workshops during the academic year. These presentations are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

CARLA Presentation Series

Below is the evolving schedule of CARLA Presentations for Fall 2023. The full schedule will be posted by the beginning of September.

Please note: All presentations and webinars are offered online unless otherwise noted. Times listed are in the U.S. Central Time Zone.


SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBINAR

Addressing Gender and Sexual Diversity in Language Teaching 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
12:00–12:45 p.m. (Central Time)
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This webinar will introduce participants to the growing subfield of Lavender (or Queer) Applied Linguistics and its implications for language education. Drawing on a diverse body of interdisciplinary research, the presenter will provide participants with a broad overview of recent work and then describe a pedagogical framework that can be applied in part or in whole to diverse educational contexts. The presenter will conclude with advice for how to negotiate LGBTQ+ inclusion with various stakeholders in the educational process from students to self to administrators.

Presenter
Joshua M. Paiz is a Teaching Assistant Professor of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at George Washington University and a Teacher Educator in the TESOL Institutes of Montgomery College and the Community College of Baltimore County. His scholarship has focused on addressing LGBTQ+ issues in English language teaching, exploring the intersections of queer theory and World Englishes, and Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing in Applied Linguistics.

Note for those unable to attend: This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Social Justice in Language Education workshop series webpage. Register if you would like to know when the webinar has been posted.

 

CARLA PRESENTATION

Studying Romance Languages in the US: Decision-Making in Regard to Language Choice and Persistence after the Language Requirement

Thursday, October 5, 2023
12:00–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
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This presentation focuses on a study aiming to address the longstanding crisis of enrollments and retention in US-based language programs. Focused on the four most commonly taught Romance languages – French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish – the study investigated key factors leading U.S. undergraduates to choose these languages at the university level. Further, the study examined salient reasons in their decision to continue or quit language study upon fulfillment of the language requirement, also proposing a number of initiatives for language programs to improve their enrollment numbers and retention rates.

Presenter
Federico Fabbri is the Director of Language Instruction in Italian at the University of Minnesota. A recent graduate in the doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona, his main interests are in Language Program Administration, particularly Curriculum Design and Materials Development; he is also involved in research projects on L2 Enrollment and Retention, Open Educational Resources, and L2 Autoethnography.

 

CARLA GRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECT PRESENTATION

Using TikTok and Instagram Reels to Support Learning Development and Cultural Awareness in Beginning French Courses

Thursday, October 19, 2023
12:00–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
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Following research articulating the benefits of social media activities in language learning classrooms, we undertook a project to create an openly accessible database of dynamic media resources in French from TikTok and Instagram. Using a combination of unique intersectional profiles and direct hashtag searches, we searched the platforms for authentic video-based media and organized relevant clips into a thematic database in line with topics covered in beginning French courses. We selected clips for inclusion based on their authenticity and ability to increase learners’ cultural and sociolinguistic awareness of diversity within the francophone world. The video database was designed as an Open Educational Resource (OER), and is freely accessible online to help instructors expand their access to this new genre of interactive media. Subsequent research will examine the efficacy of this media type in helping learners develop cultural and sociolinguistic awareness, pronunciation gains, and communicative proficiency in beginning French courses.

Presenters
Chimène Dupuis is a graduate student in the Department of French and Italian, at the University of Minnesota. She is an instructor for beginning French courses at UMN and has been working on innovative learning experiences in language classrooms. 
Amanda Dalola is the Director of the Language Center and Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. Her current research projects include the production, perception, and digital media renderings of sociophonetic variables and speech styles in French and Korean, the use of social media applications in the language learning classroom, and the use of translanguaging and open educational resources as open educational practices.

This CARLA Presentation is cosponsored by the Language Center and the Institute of Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts.

 

CARLA INITIATIVE PRESENTATION

Promoting Greater Equity and Access to Minnesota Seals of Bilingualism

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
12:00–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
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Many U.S. states now offer seals of bilingualism to qualifying high school graduates. While seals are an important official recognition with both symbolic and monetary value (in the form of college tuition credits), access to state seals of bilingualism remains uneven. This presentation provides an overview of efforts to address this gap via CARLA’s Equity and Access to States Seals of Biliteracy initiative. Here we share findings from a 2022-2023 needs analysis with Minnesota world language teachers, coordinators and administrators. These qualitative and quantitative findings inform the current stage of the project: development of multilingual toolkits, promotional materials and assessment supports. This presentation shares these tools as well as challenges in developing them and overviews the next stages of the project.

Presenters
Kendall King is a Professor of Multilingual Education, where she teaches and conducts research on language policy, sociolinguistics and child bilingualism and second language learning. Her recent research (with collaborator Maria Schwedhelm) examines equity and access to state seals of biliteracy. Together, with Ayumi Stockman, she co-directs CARLA’s Equity and Access to States Seals of Biliteracy initiative.
Ayumi Stockman is the World Languages Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. A former World Language Content Specialist at Minneapolis Public Schools, Ayumi has been instrumental in providing guidance to schools and districts in program design, assessments, curriculum development, teacher training, and overseeing the successful implementation of the Minnesota Bilingual Seals Program.

This CARLA Presentation is cosponsored by the Multilingual Education program in the College of Education and Human Development.

SECONDARY IMMERSION WEBINAR

Designing Teaching Materials to Integrate Content and Language in Secondary Dual Language and Immersion

Thursday, November 9, 2023
4:00–5:00 p.m. (Central Time)
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Explore how teaching materials can serve as a tool for integrating content and language in your secondary DLI classroom. In this practical webinar, CARLA’s Secondary Dual Language Education initiative leader shares research-based strategies for designing materials to support language instruction within a content-focused DLI class.

Presenter
Cory Mathieu is an Assistant Professor in the Professional Program in Education at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. She developed and co-teaches the CARLA Summer Institute Secondary Dual Language and Immersion: Achieving the Promise of Secondary Continuation Programs

This CARLA Presentation is cosponsored by the Multilingual Education program in the College of Education and Human Development.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBINAR

Implementing Social Justice Curricular Units: Words of Wisdom from Language Teachers

Thursday, December 7, 2023
12:00–12:45 p.m. (Central Time)
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Learn about social justice curricular units developed by practitioners for intermediate-level language learners in nine languages. In this webinar, curriculum developers from CARLA's Social Justice in Language Education initiative share successes, challenges, and practical advice based upon their experiences developing social justice curricular units and implementing them in their classrooms. The conversation will highlight free resources from the CARLA website that language teachers can download and adapt for their own contexts. 

Presenters
Stephanie Anderson is a Senior Teaching Specialist of Spanish and Portuguese in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Sara Finney is a Senior Lecturer and the Intermediate Spanish Coordinator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Ashlie Henery is a Lecturer and the Coordinator of First-Year French in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota.
Ilknur Lider is the Turkish Program Coordinator and Instructor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.
Katrien Vanpee is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Arabic Language Instruction in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Note for those unable to attend: This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Social Justice in Language Education workshop series webpage. Register if you would like to know when the webinar has been posted.


Past Presentations


Please note: We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers; email Karin Larson at larso205@umn.edu.

Thank you for your support of this program!

Workshops For Teachers

Please note: Online workshop registration will be turned off at 4 p.m. on the Thursday before the Saturday of each workshop. Register early!

CARLA offers a series of online Saturday workshops for language educators each fall and spring. These low-cost workshops are designed with the practitioner in mind. Please make sure to read the target audience description before registering and review CARLA's refund policy below.

The workshops offered for Fall 2023 are listed below:

From the Postsecondary Classroom to the Real World:
Using the Social Networking Approach for Deeper Learning

Saturday, October 14, 2023
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Cost: $30
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This workshop aims to develop an understanding of using the social networking approach (Tohsaku, 2021) to expand learning beyond the classroom. Presenters will share multiple university-level examples of instruction, such as food and healthy living, self-care, and transnational virtual exchange projects, to engage participants to discuss how SNA and inclusive teaching can foster more profound learning. Through the examples, participants will identify specific and adaptable strategies for their teaching contexts. The participants will have a chance to apply these strategies to design/redesign a unit plan. 

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the social networking approach (SNA) can drive your unit plan to expand learning beyond the classroom;
  • Identify strategies to incorporate the SNA and inclusive teaching in everyday teaching; and
  • Design/re-design assessments and tasks to connect learning with the real world and the community.

Instructors
Kaishan Kong is an Associate Professor of Chinese at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her research interests include second language acquisition, mediated learning in study abroad, intercultural communication, and teacher training. She was recognized as both a Fulbright Scholar (2020) and a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow (2015) for her teaching and research in language and culture. 
Magara Maeda is a Distinguished Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been teaching Japanese language courses with distance education/hybrid formats through the Collaborative Language Program (CLP) well before the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a recipient of the 2020 AATJ Teacher Award, and she was president of the Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese in 2020-2022.

Target Audience
This workshop is designed for world language/ESL/EFL educators at the postsecondary level. It is also appropriate for language teacher educators. Although the examples shared in the workshop will be mainly from Chinese and Japanese language programs at the college level, they will be adaptable to any language. Teachers at the secondary level who are open to working with postsecondary examples are welcome to attend.

 

Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Authentic and Engaging Language Learning Activities

Saturday, November 4, 2023
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Cost: $30
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The secret to making social media projects engaging is to create activities that are authentic and personal and to provide learners with the opportunity to use and interpret language in contextually fitting ways. The workshop will begin with a short demonstration of how early social media has been used in language classrooms to raise linguistic awareness, develop cultural understanding, and perfect pronunciation. Next, participants will tour current popular social platforms (Instagram, TikTok/Reels, Twitter/X/Threads/Mastodon, Snapchat), and have the opportunity to identify which aspects of their target language(s) and culture(s) are well-represented in each platform. Working together, participants will design an authentic social media activity targeting an aspect of language and/or culture in a platform of their choice.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify genre-specific features of a variety of social media platforms (Instagram, TikTok/Reels, X [formerly Twitter]/Threads/Mastodon, Snapchat);
  • Define aspects of language and culture that exist organically in social media posts; and
  • Design language and culture awareness-raising activities in a variety of platforms to capitalize on each one’s strengths.

Instructor
Amanda Dalola is the Director of the Language Center and Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. Her current research projects include the production, perception, and digital media renderings of sociophonetic variables and speech styles in French and Korean, the use of social media applications in the language learning classroom, and the use of translanguaging and open educational resources as open educational practices.

Target Audience
This workshop is designed for language educators in late elementary through postsecondary levels. The workshop is not suited for teachers of very young children.




CARLA Workshop Registration and Refund Information

Registration Details: Registration closes at noon (Central Time) on the Thursday prior to the workshop–or as soon as the workshop fills. Space is limited–register early!

Confirmation and Zoom Link:

  • Registrants will be sent a system-generated confirmation receipt immediately upon registering. Check your SPAM folder if you don't see it right away.
  • The Zoom link will be sent by the CARLA office by the Thursday prior to the workshop. If you have not received the email with the link from CARLA by Thursday, please check your SPAM folder.
  • Questions? Email carla@umn.edu by noon (Central Time) on the Friday before the workshop.

Refund Policy: The CARLA workshop registration fee is non-refundable. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to cancel the workshop if necessary and will grant a full refund if the workshop is not held.

Note: Registered participants who are not able to attend may transfer their registration to a colleague, provided that they email the CARLA office two days prior to the event: carla@umn.edu.


Please note: If you have ideas for topics and speakers, contact Karin Larson at larso205@umn.edu.

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