Call for Proposals
Fourth International Immersion
Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World
October 18-20, 2012
Crowne Plaza St.
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Donna Christian, Senior Fellow, Center for
Applied Linguistics, USA
Esther de Jong, Associate
Professor, University of Florida, USA
Tīmoti Kāretu, Executive Director, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo, Te Wānanga
o Aotearoa, New Zealand
Roy Lyster, Professor,
McGill University, Canada
Merrill Swain, Professor Emerita,
University of Toronto, Canada
Language immersion education
continues to evolve as a highly effective program model for launching
students on the road to bi- and multilingualism and intercultural competence.
School-based immersion programs commit to a minimum of 50% subject-matter
schooling through a second, world, heritage, or indigenous language at the
preschool and elementary levels with varying amounts of subject-based
language learning support throughout secondary and post-secondary
education. Program models include one-way world language immersion, two-way
bilingual immersion, and indigenous/heritage immersion for language and
culture revitalization. While each model targets distinct sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all
embrace language, literacy and culture development through subject matter
Under the leadership of the
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of
Minnesota (CARLA), the fourth international conference on immersion
education brings these models together to engage in research-informed
dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner
audiences, and sociopolitical contexts.
CARLA is currently seeking
proposals for papers, discussion sessions, and symposia on aspects of
language immersion education related to four conference themes:
Theme 1: Immersion Pedagogy and Assessment
Theme 2: Culture,
Identity, and Community
Theme 3: Program
Design, Leadership, and Evaluation
Theme 4: Policy,
Advocacy, and Communications
In addition to basic,
applied, and evaluation research, conference organizers welcome a range of
practitioner perspectives including immersion teachers, administrators,
curriculum coordinators, parents, and specialists who work in immersion
programs. Papers, presentations, discussion sessions, and symposia may
report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best
practices in language immersion classrooms.
The deadline for
submissions is March 2, 2012.
submission details see: http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/immersion2012/call.html
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