The University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Research in Language Acquisition (CARLA) has received its eighth round of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRC) program, totaling more than $750,000 over the next four years. The goal of the competitive Title VI LRC grant program is to establish, strengthen, and operate centers to improve the nation’s ability to teach foreign languages. CARLA is one of 16 centers nationwide funded by the prestigious program.
During the funded period of 2022-2026, CARLA will launch exciting new projects and build on existing initiatives to improve language teaching, including:
- Strengthen language teachers’ understanding of multiliteracy pedagogy by creating a database of teaching activities and role-playing videos with a particular focus on less commonly taught languages.
- Carry out a multi-year program of research and development of materials to support bilingual and immersion secondary education.
- Research student and teacher learning in social justice classrooms.
- Provide professional development to help teachers understand and apply social justice pedagogies.
- Support and promote equitable access to biliteracy state seals.
- Sponsor the 12th International Conference on Language Teacher Education at U of M in Spring 2024.
- Improve the assessment of language programs in K-12 and post-secondary institutions.
In addition, CARLA will use the new funding to enhance its extensive website of free language teaching and learning resources, and expand its annual summer institute program and workshop series for language teachers. , internationally famous.
“We are honored to be able to build on the work that has made CARLA a household name in the language education community in Minnesota and across the country,” said CARLA Director Kate Paesani. “We are passionate about creating innovative, teacher-friendly resources and professional development programs that meet the needs of language education in the 21st century. This new round of funding will give us the opportunity to broaden and deepen the impact of CARLA’s work on K-16 language teachers and their students.
Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid views CARLA’s work as an essential aspect of the University’s commitment to internationalization.
“CARLA’s exceptional work in the professional development of language teachers supports our goals of internationalizing the University’s teaching, research and outreach mission,” said McQuaid. “When empowered to do their best, language teachers can support and deepen our students’ journey of becoming global citizens.
About the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota
CARLA was established in 1993 and is part of the University of Minnesota’s Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. The Center actively collaborates with faculty and staff at the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Development, and regularly partners with a wide network of state and national organizations and institutions. Learn more at: https://z.umn.edu/CARLA-LRC.