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CFP: Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education
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Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education: Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts

When: 2/1/2016
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States

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Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education: Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts
October 20–22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

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Immersion and dual language education continue to evolve as highly effective program models for launching students on the road to bi- and multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion, bilingual, and dual language programs involve a minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, world, heritage, or indigenous language at the preschool and elementary levels (PreK–5/6). Secondary or post-secondary continuation programs for elementary immersion/dual language graduates include a minimum of two subject courses.

Program models include:

  • One-Way Second/Foreign Language Immersion
  • Co-Official/Regional Language Immersion
  • Two-Way Bilingual Immersion
  • One-Way Developmental Bilingual Education
  • Indigenous Language Immersion

While each model targets distinct sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all embrace language, literacy, and culture development through subject-matter learning with a high degree of language intensity. Under the leadership of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), University of Minnesota, the Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education will bring these models together to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, and contexts.


Conference Speakers

  • Ellen BialystokYork University, Toronto, Canada
  • Patricia C. GándaraUniversity of California – Los Angeles, USA
  • Tina M. HickeyUniversity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Patsy LightbownConcordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Teresa L. McCarty, University of California – Los Angeles, USA

CARLA is currently seeking proposals for papers, discussion sessions, laptop poster sessions, and symposia on aspects of immersion and dual language education related to four conference strands:

Strand 1: Immersion Pedagogy and Assessment
Strand 2: Culture, Identity, and Community
Strand 3: Program Design and Evaluation, Leadership, and Educator Development
Strand 4: Policy, Advocacy, and Communications

In addition to basic, applied, and evaluation research, conference organizers welcome a range of practitioner perspectives including those of immersion and dual language teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, pedagogical coaches, parents, and specialists who work in these programs. Paper/best practice sessions, discussion sessions, and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in immersion and dual language classrooms. Laptop poster sessions for graduate students (MA/PhD level) will offer opportunities for informal, face-to-face discussions of research. Teacher “swapshop” sessions will provide an opportunity for teachers to exchange and share ideas and successful lessons and practices with one another in grade-level groups.

Submission deadline: February 1, 2016.

View the full call for proposals at

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