As dual language and immersion (DLI) programs transition into secondary schools, teachers and administrators are often faced with unique challenges that are less frequently addressed in general DLI literature, research, and professional development programs. During this five-day institute specifically designed for the secondary (middle and high school) dual language and immersion context, participants will explore the what, how, and why of secondary continuation programs. In particular, we will consider program structure, curriculum and assessment perspectives, and instructional practices that are necessary to ensure that DLI students continue toward high levels of bilingualism and biliteracy with solid academic language proficiency in the partner language and English. Throughout this institute, participants will engage in constructive conversation, connect research to personal experiences, and apply new ideas directly to their teaching context.
Target Audience: This institute is designed for dual language and immersion teachers, program coordinators, and administrators at the secondary (middle school and high school) level. The institute is not intended for elementary or postsecondary instructors.
Cory Mathieu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Education Program at the University of Minnesota where she has taught in the University's Dual Language and Immersion certificate program. She developed and taught a secondary immersion workshop series for CARLA in 2019–2020 and created a three-day version of this summer institute in 2020. Her dissertation research focuses on the development and use of DLI-specific materials for secondary Spanish immersion classrooms. As a former high school Spanish teacher, Cory personally understands the constraints and possibilities of secondary language education.