[lg policy] Immersion Conference 2012: Call for Proposals

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Immersion Conference 2012: Call for Proposals

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*Conference Announcement**Please Post/Distribute*
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*Call for Proposals*

*Fourth International Immersion Conference*
Immersion 2012:
Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World

*October 18-20, 2012*
*Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront*
*St. Paul, Minnesota, USA*

Featured Plenary Speakers

*Donna Christian*, *Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics, USA *
*Esther de Jong*, *Associate Professor, University of Florida, USA*
*Tīmoti Kāretu*, *Executive Director, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo, Te Wānanga
o Aotearoa, New Zealand
**Roy Lyster*,* Professor, McGill University, Canada *
*Merrill Swain*, *Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, Canada*

Conference Description

Language immersion education continues to evolve as a highly effective
program model for launching students on the road to bi- and multilingualism
and intercultural competence. School-based immersion programs commit to a
minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, world, heritage,
or indigenous language at the preschool and elementary levels with varying
amounts of subject-based language learning support throughout secondary and
post-secondary education. Program models include one-way world language
immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and indigenous/heritage immersion
for language and culture revitalization. While each model targets distinct
sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all embrace language,
literacy and culture development through subject matter learning.

Under the leadership of the Center for Advanced Research on Language
Acquisition, University of Minnesota (CARLA), the fourth international
conference on immersion education brings these models together to engage in
research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages,
levels, learner audiences, and sociopolitical contexts.

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

*Theme 1:  Immersion Pedagogy and Assessment*
*Theme 2:  Culture, Identity, and Community*
*Theme 3:  Program Design, Leadership, and Evaluation*
*Theme 4:  Policy, Advocacy, and Communications*

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.
Proposal Submission

*The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2012. *

For submission details see:

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