Presentations, Workshops, and Special Events

CARLA sponsors a series of presentations and workshops during the academic year and occasionally offers other special events, such as the CARLA Open House. These presentations are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Locations can be found on the University map website.

CARLA Presentation Series

Winter/Spring 2022

The CARLA Presentations Series will be held online via Zoom during the winter and spring. Registration is free!

The Effects of Guided Strategic Planning on Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Heritage Speakers’ Written Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency

Thursday, April 14, 2022 (Please note date change.)
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Register here for the Zoom link

Previous research about the effects of strategic or pre-task planning on second language accuracy have reported mixed and inconclusive results (i.e. Crookes, 1989; Yuan and Ellis, 2003; Kawauchi, 2005) and the impact on bilinguals such as Spanish heritage speakers of varying proficiency levels has not been explored. This presentation analyzes the interaction between strategic planning and proficiency on the written complexity, accuracy, and fluency of second-generation Spanish heritage speakers. Implications for the instruction of Spanish heritage speakers will be discussed.

Vivian H. Franco Díaz is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the acquisition of Spanish as a second and heritage language, specifically academic writing development; language ideologies; and Spanish heritage language education.

This presentation is cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

Past Presentations

Please note: We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers; email Karin Larson at

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!

Check out CARLA's Saturday workshops offered to language educators during the spring:

See: Registration and Refund Information

Note: All of CARLA's workshops will be offered online via Zoom in 2021–2022.

The workshops are cosponsored by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures and the World Languages Division of the Minnesota Department of Education.

Register soonCARLA Workshops for Teachers fill up quickly!

Integrating Social Justice Instruction and Proficiency Development in the Advanced-Level Language Classroom

Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Online via Zoom

How can we focus in our classrooms on teaching for social justice and on proficiency development at the same time? In this interactive workshop, participants will deepen their understanding of the compatibility of social justice and proficiency-oriented approaches to foreign language teaching. After reviewing examples developed by the presenter, participants will practice adapting course units to align with both approaches simultaneously. They will also explore assessments and activities that support students’ growth as language users and as engaged members of their local and global communities.

The ACTFL proficiency guidelines, “5 Cs” of the World Readiness Standards, and principles of backward design will provide a framework for the workshop. Examples presented will be in Arabic, but teachers of all languages are invited to attend.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe the essential components of a social justice approach to foreign language teaching;
  • explain the compatibility of social justice and proficiency approaches in the foreign language classroom;
  • formulate meaningful essential questions for course units focused on social justice; and
  • develop or adapt activities or assessments to suit a curriculum that works on social justice and proficiency development at once.

Katrien Vanpee (Ph.D., Georgetown University) is the Director of Arabic Language Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her interests include language program direction and curriculum design, social justice pedagogy, the development of reflective and lifelong learning skills, and the less commonly taught Arabic dialects.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed specifically for secondary and postsecondary foreign language instructors who teach at the advanced level. While teachers of all languages are welcome to participate, teachers of less commonly taught languages are especially encouraged to attend.

This workshop is not appropriate for those who teach Novice/beginning levels. It is also not designed for DLI or elementary/middle school teachers.

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 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:

Please note: If you have ideas for topics and speakers, contact Karin Larson at

Special Events

There are no special events scheduled at this time.


We invite you to check out some of our past events!

CARLA Celebration Open House

Thursday, November 8, 2018
3:30–5:00 p.m.
University International Center 101

Open House 2018 CARLA Director, Kate Paesani, speaks to the Open House attendees

CARLA sends a big "thank you" to all those who attended the CARLA Celebration Open House held on Thursday, November, 2018, at the University International Center. The event provided an opportunity to celebrate CARLA and spend time with colleagues from units all across campus.

Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid and CARLA Director Kate Paesani gave a set of brief remarks acknowledging those who have given their time, talent, and financial resources to further CARLA's goal of improving language teaching and learning. Special thanks were given to the following units and individuals: Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost; Global Programs and Strategy Alliance; Office of the Vice President for Research; College of Education and Human Development; College of Liberal Arts CLA Language Center; Former CARLA Director, Elaine Tarone; CARLA Executive Committee members; CARLA Advisory Board members; and Carole and Jim Hynes. Kate also provided a brief outline of CARLA's current initiatives and plans for the future, which were described in greater detail on posters created for the event.

From CARLA's special event in 2017:

Graphic link to CARLA Open House 2017 webpage

Learn more about the 2017 CARLA Presentation and Open House including a video of the keynote presentation by Claire Kramsch and information about research poster sessions held during the event.

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