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CARLA: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

Launched in 1993, CARLA is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages. CARLA places major emphasis on linking research and theory with practical classroom application. To support the language teaching community, CARLA offers high-quality professional development, easily accessible materials for the classroom, and on-demand background information to enhance teachers’ ability and understanding of the language learning process.

The summer institute program offered by CARLA is designed to share research and developments in second language learning with language teachers. Since its inception in 1996, the program has engaged more than 3,400 participants from all over the world. Each institute highlights the connection between research and practice and includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and networking with colleagues.

Since 1996, CARLA has published 35 working papers, many of which are now available online. Popular titles include:

  • Maximizing Study Abroad: A Student’s Guide and Instructional Guide to Strategies for Language Culture Learning and Use
  • Struggling Learners and Language Immersion Education
  • Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages
  • Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction and Assessment: A Curriculum Handbook for Teachers

Contact Information

140 University International Center
331 - 17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612-626-8600
Fax: 612-624-7514
Email: carla@umn.edu
Website: www.carla.umn.edu

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