TWI Bulletin Archives

TWI Bulletin #34: CAL/CARLA immersion conference, La Cosecha, and new resources from CAL (9/15/2008)

Hello all! The early bird deadline for the CAL/CARLA immersion conference is TODAY and the regular rate deadline for La Cosecha is next Monday! Plus, see the last item for a new article and new resources from CAL.


Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism & Beyond

October 16–18, 2008

Crowne Plaza Riverfront, St. Paul, MN

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ends today, September 15, 2008

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.

This unique event offers over 90 paper sessions, discussion sessions and symposia that address the four main conference themes: Immersion Pedagogy, Culture and Identity, Policy and Advocacy and Program Design and Evaluation. See the online conference schedule at:

This event also offers—for an additional fee—a set of optional school visits prior to the conference on Wednesday, October 15 and a host of optional pre-conference workshops on Thursday, October 16 addressing some of the hottest topics in immersion education today. Most of the pre-conference workshops sold out at the 2004 conference, so sign up early!

The cost of the conference is only $200 if you register by September 15, 2008: Includes the Thursday evening plenary and reception, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and all conference materials. After Sept. 15, 2008 the regular registration fee will be $250. Late registration after Oct. 10, 2008 will be $300.

More information about the conference can be found at:

Register online now at:

Download a PDF to share with colleagues:

Questions? Email the CARLA office at:


13th Annual La Cosecha Dual Language Conference

November 12-15, 2008

Santa Fe Convention Center, NM

REGULAR RATE REGISTRATION ends September 22, 2008

"From the Community to the Classroom"

"De la comunidad al salón de clases"

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Dual Language Conference which will be held November 12-15, 2008 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The conference brings together educators, parents, researchers and the community that support dual language enrichment education. Come share your experience and knowledge, and “harvest” (network) the best of our multilingual/multicultural communities.

Regular Rate: $359.00 if registered by September 22, 2008

One Day Rate (for Friday, November 14th): $215.00

Registration and General Information found at:

Preliminary Presentation Schedule and Presenters now available at:


New from CAL

“Conducting Self-Evaluation with the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education” has been published in the March/April 2008 issue of NABE News. This article, by CAL research associate Julie Sugarman, discusses the organization and use of the Guiding Principles, qualities of exemplary dual language programs, and a step-by-step guide to using the principles for program self-reflection and evaluation. NABE News is distributed six times a year to members of the National Association for Bilingual Education (

The full text of the Guiding Principles is online at, and hard copies can be purchased from CAL at


While you’re at the CAL Web site, check out the new resource on Spanish for Native Speakers programs at This Web site has been developed to provide information about the Spanish-speaking population in the United States and to facilitate access to resources for working with Spanish speakers in Spanish language programs.


CAL’s Spotlight on Languages is currently featuring Spanish! Check it out at You can also view our previous spotlights on Russian, Chinese, and Arabic on the Spotlight home page at


This is the 34th 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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