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.
The conference will be Oct. 16-18, 2008 at Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in
St. Paul. The Keynote Address, Immersion Education: Intercultural Competence for Tomorrow’s Global Citizens, will be given by Myriam Met, Senior Research Associate, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland.
Other distinguished speakers will make presentations on the following topics:
- Learning to Read in a Second Language
- Immersion in Hong Kong and Mainland China
- Integrating Identity and Culture in Hawaiian Immersion
- Counterbalancing Form-Focused and Content-Based Instruction in Immersion Pedagogy
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: http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/immersion2008/schedule.html
This event also offers, for an additional fee, a set of optional school visits prior to the conference on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and a host of optional pre-conference workshops on Thursday, Oct. 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!
Register by September 15 for early bird rate!
The cost of the conference is only US$200 if registered by Sept. 15, 2008. This 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 US$250. Late registration after Oct. 10, 2008 will be US$300.
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