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Teacher Tools for Second Language Acquisition: Developing Learner Language in the Classroom

  • 27 Apr 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • University International Center, Mpls
Special professional development opportunity for Minnesota language teachers!

Teacher Tools for Second Language Acquisition:
Developing Learner Language in the Classroom
Saturday, April 27, 2013
9 a.m. - noon
University International Center
331 17th Ave S.E., Minneapolis

Are you ever frustrated that your students aren't learning what you are teaching?

Do you wish you had more tools to boost your students' second language acquisition?

In this fun workshop, you will find out how focusing on 'learner language' can get your students to do more with their second language that you might have thought possible. You will look at three key dimensions of learner language development in the classroom: accuracy, complexity and fluency. Then you'll explore ways to nurture the development of all three dimensions using activities that encourage students to use their language spontaneously to solve problems interactively.

Presenter: Elaine Tarone is Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Minnesota and is the director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. She is internationally known for her research on the impact of social context on learner language and second language acquisition and is a member of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

This workshop is primarily targeted at foreign language and ESL teachers who work with students at advanced novice through intermediate levels.
  • Cost: $25. Includes instruction, materials, and morning coffee.
  • Location: Assembly Room, University International Center, 331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. Convenient parking is available for $3/hour at the 4th Street Ramp across the street.
  • Registration: Sign up online and send $25 to the CARLA office to reserve your spot by April 19. Space is limited, so register soon.
  • For more information and to register, visit CARLA online.
This professional development opportunity is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with Concordia Language Villages, Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the Minnesota Department of Education. It is the first in an upcoming series of collaborative workshops designed to support the work of foreign language and ESL language teachers in the state of Minnesota.
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