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Changes and Challenges in Language Teacher Education: Ninth International Conference
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Changes and Challenges in Language Teacher Education: Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education

5/14/2015 to 5/16/2015
When: 5/14/2015
Where: The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, USA 

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May 14–16, 2015
The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Featured Plenary Speakers

  • Stories of Linguistic and Cultural Resilience: What Heritage Language and ESL Teachers Need to Know Maria Carreira, Professor, California State University, Long Beach
  • Sharing the Destination: The Role of Assessment in Student and Teacher Development Fernando Rubio, Associate Professor, University of Utah 
  • Mediating the Learning of Teachers of Languages: Towards an Interpretive, Reflective Orientation Angela Scarino, Associate Professor, University of South Australia
  • Living Critical Sociocultural Theory in Classroom Practice Annela Teemant, Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

The mission of the conference is to address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings.

Conference themes:

  • The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
  • Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
  • Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
  • Processes of Language Teacher Education

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This conference is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota with partial funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Language Resource Center program. The conference is organized in partnership with the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA. The conference has also received generous support from many units at the University of Minnesota and from the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona.

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