||CARLA–Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition–at the University of Minnesota is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.
- Visit the extensive CARLA website that offers a virtual treasure trove of research-supported information and many practical tools—most of which are free.
- Learn about the Language Resource Centers around the country.
- Discover CARLA’s many interrelated research and program initiatives related to second language teaching, learning, and assessment. Since it began in 1993, CARLA has focused on a wide range of topics, including the articulation of language instruction, assessment of second language, content-based instruction, culture and language learning, immersion education and research, language teacher education, learner language, less commonly taught languages, pragmatics/speech acts, strategies-based instruction, study abroad, and technology for language teaching.
- Explore the well-known professional development opportunities for language educators including the CARLA summer institute program and conferences such as the 6th annual conference on cultures and languages across the curriculum, the 7th biennial conference on language teacher education, and the 4th international conference on immersion education.
- Make use of CARLA’s numerous resources for language teachers, which include: CARLA’s working paper series, the Virtual Assessment Center, American Council on Immersion Education newsletter article online archive, Asian Learner Language: Tools for Teachers website, Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages website, the online Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction and Assessment: Curriculum Handbook for Teachers, a battery of online language proficiency assessments, and much more.
- Check out the popular Less Commonly Taught Languages database, a continually updated, searchable database of course offerings at colleges and universities in North America. In addition to its focus on postsecondary programs, the database has extensive listings of K-12 programs, distance education courses, study abroad programs, and summer language courses. Information provided includes contact information, language levels taught, and availability of courses.
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