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Summer Institutes for language teachers and for Immersion teachers

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The 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 4,300 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 levels and contexts:

Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning and Professional Development—online course
July 7–August 10, 2014
Presenters: Marlene Johnshoy and Alyssa Ruesch Bonnac
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 Second Language Teaching
July 14–18, 2014
Presenters: Catherine Clements, Marlene Johnshoy, Beth Kautz, Dan Soneson, Rick Treece, Pablo Viedma, Caroline Vang, and 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.

Focusing on Learner Language: Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
July 14–18, 2014
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 14–18, 2014
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.

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
July 21–25, 2014
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.

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
July 21–25, 2014
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 Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
July 28–August 1, 2014
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.

Language and Culture in Sync: Teaching the Pragmatics of a Second Language
July 28–August 1, 2014

Submitted by Louis Janus, University of Minnesota