CALL FOR PAPERS - 2008 Immersion Education Conference

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jan 8 19:58:53 UTC 2008

Deadline February 15, 2008

Immersion Education:
Pathways to Bilingualism & Beyond

October 16-18, 2008
Crowne Plaza Riverfront
St. Paul, Minnesota

Featured Speakers

                  Fred Genesee, McGill University
                  Philip Hoare, Hong Kong Institute of Education
                  Kauanoe KamanÇ and Bill "Pila" Wilson, University of Hawai'i
                  Roy Lyster, McGill University
                  Myriam Met, National Foreign Language Center,
University of Maryland

Language immersion education has emerged as a uniquely constituted,
highly effective program model for launching students on the road to
bilingualism, multilingualism and intercultural competence.
School-based immersion programs follow a variety of paths, including
one-way foreign language immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and
indigenous immersion for language and culture revitalization. While
each pathway targets distinct socio-cultural contexts and educational
needs, all are grounded in a set of core characteristics with a strong
focus on subject matter learning as well as language development.

Under the leadership of two national centers in the U.S., CARLA
(Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of
Minnesota) and CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C.),
this third international conference on immersion education brings
these pathways together to engage in meaningful dialogue and
professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences,
program models and sociopolitical contexts.

CARLA and CAL are currently seeking proposals for papers, discussion
sessions, and symposia on aspects of language immersion education
related to four overarching conference themes:

                  Immersion Pedagogy
                  Culture and Identity
                  Policy and Advocacy
                  Program Design and Evaluation

In addition to basic, applied and evaluation research, conference
organizers welcome a range of practitioner perspectives including
immersion teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, parents
and specialists who work in immersion programs. Papers, presentations,
discussion sessions, and symposia may report on data-based research,
theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language
immersion classrooms.

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2008.

                  More information and on-line submission instructions
can be found at:
                  Questions? Email the planning committee at: immconf at

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