TWI Bulletin Archives

TWI Bulletin #32: Call for papers, NABE preconference,
Dual U, and the Guiding Principles (1/30/2008)

Happy new year! Four items this time: a call for papers for the CARLA/CAL immersion conference, CAL’s NABE presentations, upcoming Dual U Training of Trainers, and the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.



Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism & Beyond

October 16–18, 2008

Crowne Plaza Riverfront

St. Paul, Minnesota

Deadline for submission of paper proposals: February 15, 2008


Featured Speakers


Fred Genesee, McGill University

Philip Hoare, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Kauanoe Kamanā and Bill "Pila" Wilson, University of Hawai'i 

Roy Lyster, McGill University

Myriam Met, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland


Language immersion education has emerged as a uniquely constituted, highly effective program model for launching students on the road to bilingualism, multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion programs follow a variety of paths, including one-way foreign language immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and indigenous immersion for language and culture revitalization. While each pathway targets distinct socio-cultural contexts and educational needs, all are grounded in a set of core characteristics with a strong focus on subject matter learning as well as language development.


Under the leadership of two national centers in the U.S., CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota) and CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C.), this third international conference on immersion education brings these pathways together to engage in meaningful dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, program models and sociopolitical contexts.


CARLA and CAL are currently seeking proposals for papers, discussion sessions, and symposia on aspects of language immersion education related to four overarching conference themes:


Immersion Pedagogy

Culture and Identity

Policy and Advocacy

Program Design and Evaluation


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 submission of proposals is February 15, 2008.


More information and on-line submission instructions can be found at: 


Questions? Email the planning committee at:



NABE Dual Language Pre-Conference Institute

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tampa Convention Center

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


CAL’s Julie Sugarman will present on two topics at the NABE Dual Language Pre-Conference Institute, in addition to sitting on the “expert panel” that follows Jim Cummins’ 9:00am keynote. I’d be very happy to see you there!


Online Resources for Two-Way Immersion Practitioners from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

1:30-2:15, Convention Center Room 18

Participants will be introduced to online resources and hidden treasures on the CAL Web site, including the Directory of TWI Programs, the Two-Way Immersion Toolkit, the Evaluator’s Toolkit for Dual Language Programs, Spanish Language Assessments for Dual Language Programs, and reports, briefs, and other resources.

(K-12) Presented in English


Guiding Principles for the Guiding Principles: Conducting a Successful Self-Evaluation

3:30-4:15, Convention Center Room 18

This presentation will outline important considerations for using the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education for program self-evaluation, including engaging stakeholders, disseminating findings, and creating an action plan for improvement. We will also discuss the important processes of interpreting the key points for local contexts and finding and documenting evidence.

(K-12) Presented in English



Dual U Training Institute

SAVE THE DATE: June 16-20, 2008

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Participate in a comprehensive, 4 day dual language training intended for all dual language stakeholders—administrators, teachers, parents, and school board members—in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Institute will be led by Karen Beeman, John F. Hilliard & Cheryl Urow of the Illinois Resource Center with the participation of Else Hamayan, Fred Genesee, and Nancy Cloud, the authors of Dual Language Instruction: A Handbook for Enriched Education, Thompson & Heinle. The Dual U Training Institute will provide novices to dual language with an introduction to the foundations and research behind dual language education, while more experienced participants will delve deeper into dual language issues and also gain the expertise to use the curriculum as a professional development training tool. 


Starting on February 15 you can download a registration form at

The registration deadline is June 1, 2008.



Guiding Principles, Second Edition


For those who didn’t get the TWI Bulletin last time, CAL is very pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education. This update to the original 2005 publication includes a literature review by Kathryn J. Lindholm-Leary, and edited and clarified principles.


You can download the document at The Guiding Principles is also available for purchase as a bound, paper document for ease of reference from (124 pages, $16.00).



This is the 32nd in a series of occasional post-only mailings from the Center for Applied Linguistics (, with support from the Illinois Resource Center ( These messages include information about current dual language/two-way immersion news, publications, and events.


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