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Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition Summer institute

November 30, 2012
Carla Summer Institutes 2013
Technology ParticipantsThe Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has sponsored a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. This internationally known program reflects CARLA’s commitment to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities.

CARLA summer institute participants—more than 4,000 to date—have come from all over the world. They have included foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators.

Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

CARLA offers a range of institutes targeted at foreign language and ESL teachers from a variety of teaching contexts:

Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning and Professional Development—online course
July 8-August 11, 2013
Presenters: Marlene Johnshoy and Alyssa Ruesch
In this online course, participants will work together to create a foundation for gathering, sharing, evaluating, and incorporating technology into the second language curriculum.

Using Technology in the Second Language Teaching
July 15–19, 2013
Presenters: Catherine Clements, Marlene Johnshoy, Beth Kautz, Dan Soneson, Rick Treece, Pablo Viedma, Zhen Zou
Participants in this institute will learn how to use technology to facilitate student use of the target language and get “hands on” practice in using computers to promote students’ skills in interpretation, presentation, and interaction.

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development 

July 15–19, 2013
Presenter: Laurent Cammarata
This institute will provide foreign language teachers with the background and tools needed to implement content-based instruction (CBI) in their second language classroom.

Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)

July 15–19, 2013
Presenters: Bill Johnston and Louis Janus
This summer institute will provide LCTL teachers with practical tools and hands-on experience in designing a wide range of materials that will improve their students’ abilities to use the language for communicative purposes.

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom

July 22–26, 2013
Presenters: Wendy Allen and Francine Klein
Weaving together theory and practice, this interactive institute will help teachers develop instructional strategies and practical tools for integrating language learning with a systematic culture curriculum.

Focusing on Learner Language: 
Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers

July 22–26, 2013
Presenters: Elaine Tarone and Maggie Broner
Participants will learn to analyze learner language in light of research on second language acquisition and will then consider implications for language teaching.

Improving Language Learning: 
Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
July 29-August 2, 2013
Presenter: Martha Nyikos
This summer institute is designed to help language teachers maximize students’ ability to learn a foreign/second language through styles- and strategies-based instruction.

Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom

July 29-August 2, 2013
Presenters: Donna Clementi and Ursula Lentz
Focusing on the alignment of standards-based curriculum and assessment, this institute includes an overview of the wide range of purposes in assessment, and step-by-step guidance in creating integrated performance assessments for classroom use.

Summer Institutes for Immersion Teachers

CARLA also offers three popular institutes that are designed specifically for immersion educators:

Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching for Chinese and Japanese
June 24-28, 2013
Presenters: Tara Fortune and a team of veteran immersion teachers
This institute provides novice immersion teachers in character-based languages with the tools and information they need to survive and thrive in the immersion classroom. The institute also includes a two-day session for administrators of immersion education programs for character-based languages.

Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching 

July 22–26, 2013
Presenters: Tara Fortune and a team of veteran immersion teachers
This institute provides novice immersion teachers with the tools and information they need to survive and thrive in the immersion classroom. The institute has been reconfigured to offer two teacher sessions simultaneously and an expanded 3-day session for administrators of immersion education programs.

Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education: Biliteracy Development in Dual Language/Immersion Classroom 
July 29-August 2, 2013
Presenter: Diane Tedick
In this new institute, immersion practitioners will gain an understanding of the complex phenomenon of biliteracy and with a range of instructional strategies for fostering biliteracy development in dual language/immersion classrooms.

Information

More information is available on the CARLA website.

Registration will open on January 7, 2013.
To request a copy of a print brochure you can email the CARLA office at: carla@umn.edu.

The institutes have been developed and are offered with the support, in part, of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center program. The summer institutes are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts.

Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching Certificate

This certificate offered by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development provides an exciting opportunity for teachers of foreign languages and English as a second/foreign language to showcase their professional development work through the CARLA summer institute program by taking the institutes for graduate level credit.

More information about the courses needed to obtain the certificate, admission criteria, and application materials can be found on the web.

 

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