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Engaging Students for Advanced Proficiency

  • 08 Oct 2010
  • 09 Oct 2010
  • U of M-Twin Cities campus

 “Engaging Students for Advanced Proficiency” is the theme for a workshop and conference hosted by the CLA Language Center and CARLA.   Complete information and registration materials are available online at

This event is planned for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9, 2010 on the U of M-Twin Cities campus. 

Registration is $40 for in person attendance, or $15 for virtual attendance.  

Friday afternoon offers two workshops and a reception.  Saturday offers a keynote address and presentations that vary in content and form.



MWALLT Conference: October 8-9



MWALLT is the MidWest Association for Language Learning Technology.


MWALLT 2010: "Engaging Students for Advanced Proficiency"

October 8 - 9, 2010

University of Minnesota


Deadline for Proposal Submissions 

Extended to Wednesday, September 14, 2010


MWALLT is seeking proposals for it's upcoming conference to be hosted by the CLA Language Center at the University of Minnesota on October 8 - 9, 2010.  The conference theme is "Engaging Students for Advanced Proficiency."  Instructors and graduate students interested in the use of technology in second-language learning and teaching are encouraged to submit proposals, especially those relating to this theme and the following topics: 

                Social Networking

                Increasing student production

                Providing feedback

                Use of mobile devices

                Video in second-language learning

                Developing digital literacy

                Delivering curriculum online

                Developing professional community / Personal Learning Networks

                Technology approaches to Languages Across the Curriculum

The conference will include 3 different presentation formats:

                45 minute lecture/demonstrations. 

                45 minute computer-lab workshops. 

                New this year, MWALLT will host an hour-long 20 x 20 session.  This session is modeled after Pecha Kucha or Ignite events in which individual presenters give 6 minute 40 second presentations that consist of 20 images/slides, each lasting 20 seconds.

The deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, September 14, 2010.  Authors of submitted proposals will be notified of their acceptance by mid-September.  To submit a proposal, please complete the online proposal form.


2010 Conference Keynote

"Implementing a Virtual Dual Immersion Program: Theory, Method, Curriculum and Assessment" presented by Colleen Coffey, Marquette University 


The conference web page has more information about registration, the schedule of events, lodging and transportation.


Graduate Student Support

MWALLT will waive the registration fee ($40) for up to five graduate students whose presentation proposals are accepted.


Please direct questions to Marlene Johnshoy at



Pre-Conference Workshops: October 8,  2:30-5:00pm



"Engaging the Advanced Learner through Building Academic Language Skills

Laurie Frazier, Dan Soneson, Elaine Tarone, University of Minnesota


Students need advanced level proficiency in foreign languages if they are to use those languages for inquiry, exploration, discovery, and articulation of academic subjects at the university level. The advanced level involves the use of critical thinking skills and strategic competence in processing second language input. The workshop offers concrete examples of classroom activities teaching students to apply such skills and strategies to authentic listening and reading tasks. We will explore ways technology can support this process. The interactive session will have a presentation/experiential/ discussion format.




"Made for Learning: Apple in Higher Education" 

Bill Duff, Apple Development

See how Apple products make learning more engaging and accessible than ever. Today, students are learning in more places than just the classroom, and educators are finding new ways to reach them anytime, anywhere.  At this session, you’ll learn how Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad make collaboration, content creation, and distribution easier than ever before.  


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