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Sixth International

Conference on

Immersion and Dual

Language Education:

Connecting Research and 

Practice Across Contexts

October 20–22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel 
Minneapolis, MN

Immersion and dual language education continue to evolve as highly effective program models for launching students on the road to bi- and multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion, bilingual, and dual language programs involve a minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, world, heritage, or indigenous language at the preschool and elementary levels (PreK–5/6). Secondary or post-secondary continuation programs for elementary immersion/dual language graduates include a minimum of two subject courses.

Program models include:

  • One-Way Second/Foreign Language Immersion

  • Co-Official/Regional Language Immersion

  • Two-Way Bilingual Immersion

  • One-Way Developmental Bilingual Education

  • Indigenous Language Immersion

While each model targets distinct sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all embrace language, literacy, and culture development through subject-matter learning with a high degree of language intensity. Under the leadership of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), University of Minnesota, the Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education will bring these models together to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, and contexts.

Conference Speakers

  • Ellen BialystokYork University, Toronto, Canada
  • Patricia C. GándaraUniversity of California – Los Angeles, USA
  • Tina M. HickeyUniversity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Patsy LightbownConcordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Teresa L. McCarty, University of California – Los Angeles, USA

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

Upcoming events

  • CARLA Immersion Conference, October 20, 2016
  • UnConference-Professional Development, February 27, 2017* (*Free for MAIN members!)

Immersion News

August 2015 • Article clarifying the true meaning of "dual immersion"--this label is being diluted by states using it to describe program formats versus demographic makeup of an immersion program--do you understand the difference? http://hechingerreport.org/schools-that-teach-in-two-languages-foster-integration-so-how-come-so-many-families-cant-find-programs/

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

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