Preparing students to participate in multilingual and multicultural communities entails shifting the way we approach language instruction. How do we move beyond teaching students to order coffee or talk about weekend activities, and instead encourage them to think critically and reflectively about language, culture, and communication? To answer this question, this institute focuses on how to develop students’ foreign language literacies—or the ability to interpret and create different kinds of discourse—through engagement with target language texts such as movies, infographics, poetry, music videos, magazine articles, podcasts, and the like.

Using conceptual and pedagogical understandings gained during the institute, participants will examine and assess target language texts for use in their classrooms and create text-based instructional materials that develop students’ communicative abilities, critical thinking, intercultural competence, and language awareness.  

Target Audience: This institute is best suited to foreign language and ESL teachers at the middle school through the postsecondary level, as well as teacher educators, curriculum coordinators, and language program directors. This institute is not meant for elementary school teachers or immersion educators.


  • This is a synchronous online institute that will run from 9 am-4 pm CDT. The schedule includes many synchronous presentations throughout the day as well as time for independent or partner/group work and a break for lunch.
  • You must be available to participate for the entire day Monday–Friday.
  • Make sure to review the tech requirements for this institute: http://carla.umn.edu/institutes/techrequirements.html


Kate Paesani and Mandy MenkeKate Paesani is Director of CARLA and affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. A former French professor and language program director, she has delivered workshops and lectures across the United States on topics related to text-based teaching and learning, foreign language literacies development, and teacher professionalization.

Mandy Menke is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. She is a specialist in Spanish language acquisition by both child and adult learners and has delivered professional development workshops for university instructors and immersion teachers.

Full Course Description: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2020/literacies.html
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Section Title
Foreign Language Literacies: Using Target Language Texts to Improve Communication
Online, instructor led
M, T, W, Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jul 13, 2020 to Jul 17, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Course Fee(s)
Late Registration non-credit $450.00
Regisration U of MN Student non-credit $200.00
Section Details
Course Information: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2020/literacies.html
Location: Online
Dates: July 13–17, 2020
Contact Information:
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