The Long-Term Impact of the CARLA Summer Institute Course
on Styles and Strategies-Based Instruction
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Noon–1 p.m. (Central Time)
The CARLA Summer Institute on Styles and Strategies-Based Instruction (SSBI) was offered for 22 years (1996 to 2017). During that time, 553 teachers, researchers, and administrators participated in the course. Given that the field of language learner strategies, and especially the sub-area of strategy instruction, has been experiencing an upsurge of interest, a study was conducted to investigate the long-term impact of this course on the subsequent careers of the participants.
Twenty-nine past SSBI participants volunteered to respond to a carefully designed and piloted 20-item survey questionnaire. A smaller group of these respondents also engaged in a follow-up interview. The respondents represented language educators who had taken the course up to two decades prior, as well as those who had taken it more recently. These respondents were largely language instructors, spanning the instructional levels from kindergarten through higher education, primarily teaching Spanish, but also English, Asian languages, and other languages as well. They reported teaching both in language courses, in immersion programs, and in programs intended to enhance their students’ language learning experiences whatever the target language.
The findings from this study provide insights as to the aspects of a CARLA Summer Institute course which may have a lasting impact on a language educator’s career.
Presenters: Andrew D. Cohen (Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota) and undergraduate research team from the University of Minnesota: Leif Anderson, Namitha Binu, and Sai Tallapragada.