Call for Papers: Immersion Education

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline February 15, 2008

Immersion Education:
Pathways to Bilingualism & Beyond

October 16–18, 2008
Crowne Plaza Riverfront
St. Paul, Minnesota

Featured Speakers

Fred Genesee, McGill University
Philip Hoare, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Kauanoe Kaman and Bill “Pila” Wilson, University of Hawai’i
Roy Lyster, McGill University
Myriam Met, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

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.

CARLA and CAL are currently seeking proposals for papers, discussion sessions, and symposia on aspects of language immersion education related to four overarching conference themes:

Immersion Pedagogy
Culture and Identity
Policy and Advocacy
Program Design and Evaluation

In addition to basic, applied and evaluation research, conference organizers welcome a range of practitioner perspectives including immersion teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, parents and specialists who work in immersion programs. Papers, presentations, discussion sessions, and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language immersion classrooms.

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2008.

More information and on-line submission instructions can be found at:
http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/immersion2008/call.html

Questions? Email the planning committee at: immconf@umn.edu