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. We plan to offer presentations in-person and online next academic year in accordance with CDC and University guidelines.

The list below is evolving–please check back for additional presentations!

Developing Primary Foreign Language Teachers’ Literacy Skills:  A Transnational Project in Poland, Slovenia, and Spain

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Register here for the Zoom link

This presentation will focus on Lit4Clil, a transnational project centered around the development of literacy teaching skills of foreign language (FL) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) teachers working with young language learners (ages 8-11) in primary school (grades 3-5). The project was carried out in three diverse foreign language teaching contexts—Poland, Slovenia, and Spain. The first part of the presentation will highlight research findings of the needs analysis study, which was conducted to establish teachers' perceptions, needs, and classroom practices in developing their students' FL literacy skills. The second part of the presentation will explore the project outcomes including teacher professional development and teacher training materials. The presentation will conclude with suggestions for incorporating literacy and its applications in the classroom into teacher education curricula and in-service teacher training. Lit4Clil is a collaborative project between the University of Warsaw, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Alcala, and six partner schools from Poland, Slovenia, and Spain. It was co-financed by an Erasmus+ grant.

Katarzyna Brzosko-Barratt is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Warsaw in Poland. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include language teacher education, CLIL, and literacy development in primary contexts. She was the project coordinator of the Lit4CLIL Erasmus+ project and serves as a studies director for Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners at the University of Warsaw.

This presentation is cosponsored by the Second Language Education Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Creating Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers of Less Commonly Taught Languages: Case Study of a Tamil Community School

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Register here for the Zoom link

Professional development for teachers of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) can be challenging for several ideological, logistical, and language-specific reasons. Despite tremendous interest and motivation in receiving professional training, LCTL instructors rarely have access to appropriate opportunities or necessary resources. This presentation explores how one community school, where Tamil is taught as a heritage language, is striving to overcome these challenges in innovative ways. Over the past few years, the Minnesota Tamil School has taken up several short- and long-term initiatives to train its teachers through state and national level collaborations, partnerships with researchers, and diversification of teaching and learning platforms. The presenters trace the school’s decade-long journey in offering teacher support, their ongoing challenges, and future plans in continuing to promote and sustain the Tamil language. 

Anuradha Gopalakrishnan is a language researcher and educator with over fifteen years of experience teaching multiple languages including German, English, and Tamil. Her research interests lie in the intersection of teacher education and multilingual pedagogies. Her recent work has focused on working with heritage language teachers, particularly with those teaching Less Commonly Taught Languages. 
Siva Mariyappan founded the Minnesota Tamil School in 2008 and has been serving as its Course Director for over a decade. He was one of the founders of the American Tamil Academy as well as the American Tamil Teachers Association where he currently serves as its Communication Director. He has been leading the nationwide effort to draft the National Tamil Standards since 2018. His mission is to help all Tamil teachers working voluntarily in over 300 independent, nonprofit community schools throughout the U.S.

This presentation is cosponsored by the Second Language Education Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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 these Saturday morning workshops offered to language educators. All of CARLA's workshops will be offered online via Zoom in 2021–2022. Check back soon to see additional workshops offered in Spring 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!

Unveiling New DLI-Specific Rubrics to Support Teacher Development

Saturday, December 4, 2021
10:00–11:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE!
Register here for the Zoom link

In this interactive workshop, Diane (Dee) Tedick and Cory Mathieu introduce their new dual language and immersion (DLI) specific Teacher Assessment Rubrics! The preservice, inservice, and self-assessment rubrics describe the pedagogical skills and knowledge that are unique to DLI contexts and necessary for promoting high levels of student academic achievement and language development. They are designed to support DLI teacher preparation and professional development. The rubrics are research-based, context-dependent, formative, developmental, and educative – ideally, teachers will learn new skills and practices by interacting with the rubrics. The workshop will include an introduction to the content of the rubrics and an associated workbook, an explanation of the development process, and substantial time for Q&A and discussion with colleagues about how the rubrics might be integrated into teacher education and K-12 DLI programs. Check out the rubrics at:

Diane (Dee) Tedick is a Professor of Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. She is Principal Investigator on the USDE National Professional Development grant that supported the creation of these rubrics. She has worked in the DLI field as a teacher, teacher educator, and researcher for over 30 years. She coordinates the graduate certificate program in Dual Language and Immersion education as well as the M.Ed. in Language Immersion Education. She also works with DLI programs and teachers locally, nationally, and internationally.  
Cory Mathieu is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She received her Ph.D. in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota where her research specialized in secondary dual language and immersion education. She is passionate about supporting DLI teachers to better integrate content and language in their instruction, and she has developed a CARLA Summer Institute focused exclusively on secondary DLI education. 

Target Audience: This workshop is appropriate for K-12 DLI teachers of any language, principals or administrators of DLI programs, and DLI teacher educators.


Sneak peek at a workshop coming up this winter!

Fostering Interpretive Communication with Online Tools

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

Online via Zoom (Link will be sent to all registrants)
Cost: $30 Register online with a credit card!

This interactive workshop is designed to help language educators create and implement web-based activities that will help their learners develop their interpretive communication skills. After discussing some key aspects of interpretive reading and listening, as well as general strategies to select the right texts, the presenter will focus on technology-enhanced ideas for every phase of an interpretive lesson: before, during, and after engaging with the text. Examples of activities for novice, intermediate, and advanced learners will be provided.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • recognize the importance of interpretive communication for language development;
  • create activities that support students’ comprehension and interpretation of texts; and
  • incorporate online tools that enhance interpretive communication lessons.

Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. She has designed eight online courses and has extensive experience with technology-enhanced second language and heritage language instruction

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for language educators who teach at the secondary or postsecondary level.


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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