LINGUIST List 29.1626

Mon Apr 16 2018

Summer Schools: Language & Culture in Sync: Teaching Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Awareness/USA

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 12-Apr-2018
From: Karin Larson <>
Subject: Language & Culture in Sync: Teaching Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Awareness/USA
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Host Institution: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Coordinating Institution: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

Dates: 09-Jul-2018 - 27-Jul-2018
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Focus: The CARLA summer institute program, sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota, has provided high-quality professional development opportunities for language teachers of all languages and levels for over two decades. Designed to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom, the program offers a wide array of intensive institutes focused on topics such as pragmatics, culture, assessment, learner language, and more. CARLA summer institute participants–more than 5,700 to date–have come from all over the world. They have included foreign language, immersion, and ESL/EFL teachers, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, researchers, and language teacher educators.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

The "Language & Culture in Sync" summer institute examines the challenge that second language learners face in adjusting their language use so that it is appropriate for a variety of socio-cultural contexts. How, for example, are learners supposed to address strangers, close friends, or people of higher social status in that culture? Although acquiring culturally-sensitive discourse practices can take learners many years, research has shown that the process can be facilitated through explicit instruction.

Offered completely online, this institute will provide practical insights for teachers on how to enhance the learning of linguistic politeness and boost students' awareness of intercultural differences. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to develop activities and materials for the classroom.

Instructor: Noriko Ishihara is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL/EFL at Hosei University, Japan. She has designed and researched pragmatics-focused instruction and classroom-based assessment in ESL, EFL, and Japanese. She has been facilitating professional development for language teachers in Japan, the US, and elsewhere since 2005 and is a co-author with Andrew D. Cohen of a teachers' guide, Teaching and Learning Pragmatics: Where Language and Culture Meet.

Target Audience: Elementary to postsecondary foreign language and ESL teachers, material developers, curriculum coordinators, teacher educators, administrators, and researchers.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                      Language Acquisition

Tuition: 400 USD
Registration: 12-Apr-2018 to 29-Jun-2018
Contact Person: CARLA Staff
                Phone: 6126268600

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
Early registration discount: $50 off if received on or before May 25, 2018. All details can be found online at:

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