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Professional Development

CARLA supports the professional development of second language teachers through an annual summer institute program and a wide array of international conferences and local and regional seminars.


Twenty Years of CARLA Summer Institutes—By the Numbers

This past summer CARLA celebrated its 20th year of providing top-notch professional development for language teachers. The program has received 5,032 registrations since the first summer institute was offered in 1996. The program has offered 189 institutes totaling over 5,600 instructional hours in its first 20 years.

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Where have CARLA participants come from?

The reach of the CARLA summer institute program is wide—it has served language teachers from every state plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

In addition, CARLA summer institute participants have come from 51 countries. The top ten countries represented at the program to date have been: Japan, Canada, So. Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Brazil, China, France and Saudi Arabia.


Which languages do CARLA participants teach?

In total, CARLA summer institute participants reported teaching 53 languages from Arabic to Yoruba.

While Spanish teachers have accounted for 46% of the program’s participants, over 25% of program participants have been teachers of 49 different less commonly taught languages (LCTL). The top 10 LCTLs represented at CARLA summer institutes to date have been: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Ojibwe, Russian, Italian, Hebrew, Hmong, Korean, and Portuguese.


What levels of languages do CARLA participants teach?

CARLA has long been a leader in providing quality professional development targeted at language immersion educators. Thus, the aggregated data show that nearly three-quarters of program participants have been teachers in a K–12 context.

Data gathered for the 2015 summer institute program indicate that the non-immerson institutes have an even distribution of levels of instruction: 27% Postsecondary, 31% High School, 20% Middle/Jr High, and 21% Elementary.

CARLA looks forward to providing quality professional development to language teaching professionals—of all languages, levels, and from many states and countries—for many more years to come.



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