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Enhancing the Quantity and Quality of Secondary Dual Language and Immersion Student Language Production

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Location: University International Center, Room 101
331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis (University of Minnesota East Bank Campus)
Cost: $30

 Dual language and immersion (DLI) students tend to develop high levels of comprehension and communicative abilities in the target language. However, they also achieve lower-than-expected production skills, particularly in terms of grammatical accuracy, lexical (vocabulary) variety, and contextually-appropriate language use. In this interactive, three-hour workshop, we will explore why DLI students develop this “immersionese” and discuss specific instructional strategies that secondary DLI teachers can use to enhance the quantity and quality of their students’ language production. Many examples of strategies, activities, and materials will be shared, and teachers will have time to consider how they might incorporate new ideas into upcoming lessons. Teams of secondary DLI teachers are encouraged to register together! 

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • explain why DLI students develop persistent inaccuracies in the target language
  • describe research-based strategies for enhancing student language production within content instruction and
  • understand the second language acquisition research that supports these strategies
  • identify and plan for 1-2 strategies that you can incorporate into your upcoming instruction

Cory Mathieu is a PhD candidate in the Second Language Education program at the University of Minnesota. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a high school Spanish teacher, and she has maintained ties to the classroom via her work as a teacher and teacher educator in the M.Ed., teacher licensure, and Dual Language and Immersion certificate programs at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on supporting secondary immersion teachers in developing classroom materials that integrate content and language.

  • Target Audience: This workshop is designed specifically for secondary immersion teachers.
  • Cost: $30–includes morning coffee and workshop materials.
  • Registration: Register online with a credit card. (Note: Registration closes on April 15)

The workshop registration fee is non-refundable. Registered participants who are not able to attend may transfer their registration to a colleague, provided that they email the CARLA office two days prior to the event: carla@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota reserves the right to cancel the workshop if necessary and will grant a full refund if the workshop is not held.

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  • Enhancing the Quantity and Quality of Secondary Dual Language and Immersion Student Language Production. Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020.

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"The organization of the event was great! During the first session workshop I learned a lot. It was very practical and I will use this new application in my future classroom."

 "I loved the amazing new ideas I learned in the immersion improv-integration of language and movement. Thanks for having the first half hour of arrive and have some coffee and food. Thank you so much for the gift card, great idea!"
"Thank you very much for all the thoughtful planning and prep that went into a great event!"

"Very informative, applicable, and inspirational."

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