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Teacher Collaboration for Integrating Language and Content in Grades 5-12

July 18-22, 2016

Target Audience: Language and content teachers in middle and high school immersion programs.

The integration of language and content is considered to be essential for effective immersion pedagogy and yet continues to prove challenging for immersion teachers, particularly at the middle and high school levels. The purpose of this institute is to engage teachers in reflection on the challenges that hinder an integrated Roy Lysterapproach and on feasible ways of overcoming them. Specifically, the institute is designed for pairs of immersion teachers from middle or high schools who teach the same group of students, with at least one partner teaching immersion language arts and the other a content area through the immersion language. 

Participants will have the opportunity to become more familiar with their partner's curriculum and to identify connections and overlaps in ways that will facilitate collaborative efforts to create coherence across the curriculum. Models of teacher collaboration will be explored to guide partner teachers in co-designing integrated units that begin in one class and continue in the other with the dual goal of improving students' academic language abilities and strengthening their ability to process curricular content at increasingly challenging levels.

Important note: Teachers must register in pairs.

Presenter: Roy Lyster is professor of Second Language Education at McGill University in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics as well as a B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. from the Université de Paris VII. He is author of Learning and Teaching Languages Through Content: A Counterbalanced Approach, published by Benjamins in 2007.

Find out more about this unique opportunity on the Teacher Collaboration summer institute web page: http://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2016/collaboration.html

Immersion News

October 2015 • MAIN Event makes local news

May 2015 • Annual MAIN Event set for October 15 at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion

February 2015 • Star Tribune features Jie Ming Chinese New Year Celebration

December 2014 • Presentation at the Achievement Gap Committee The Benefits and Potential of Language Immersion Education 

November 2014 • KSTP visits Minnetonka immersion schools

October 2014 • Yinghua Academy featured in New York Times

For language specific events see our new calendar page with calendars for Spanish, French, German, and Chinese

Upcoming events

May 31, 2016 8:30 AM (CDT) • Sheridan Arts Spanish Dual Immersion School, Minneapolis
May 31, 2016 1:00 PM (CDT) • Sheridan Arts Spanish Dual Immersion School, Minneapolis
June 08, 2016 6:00 PM (CDT) • Minnesota Council on Nonprofits
June 27, 2016 (CDT) • Minnetonka: Mes Amis French School
July 04, 2016 (CDT) • Minnetonka: Mes Amis French School

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