June 24, 2012

Fourth International Conference on Language Immersion Education

From http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/immersion2012

Fourth International Conference on Language Immersion Education
Immersion 2012: Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World
October 18-20, 2012
Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel
St. Paul, Minnesota

Language immersion education continues to evolve as a highly effective program model for launching students on the road to bi- and multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion programs commit to a minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, world, heritage, or indigenous language at the preschool and elementary levels with varying amounts of subject-based language learning support throughout secondary and post-secondary education. Program models include one-way world language immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and indigenous/heritage immersion for language and culture revitalization. While each model targets distinct sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all embrace language, literacy and culture development through subject matter learning.

Under the leadership of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota (CARLA), the fourth international conference on immersion education brings these models together to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, and sociopolitical contexts.

Visit the conference website at http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/immersion2012 and register at http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/immersion2012/registration.html

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