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Research and Practice in Immersion Education: Looking Back and Looking Ahead - Selected Conference Proceedings
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These selected conference proceedings highlight the presentations and discussions held at the conference on immersion education held at the University of Minnesota in October 1995. The papers report on the challenges related to policy and planning and pedagogical and assessment issues.

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Preliminary Item Response Theory Analysis of the University of Minnesota CLA Language Proficiency Tests in French, German, and Spanish
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This document provides preliminary item analysis findings based on data collected on entrance and graduation language proficiency tests combining the results based on an item response theory model with classical test theory analyses.

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The Impact of Strategies-Based Instruction on Speaking a Foreign Language
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This research report outlines the methodology and results of a study done at the University of Minnesota on the benefits of providing second language learners with formal training in the application of strategies across skills, with an emphasis on speaking.

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For over a decade, research in the field of heritage languages (HLs) has focused on understanding the linguistic properties of HLs in all contexts from childhood to adulthood. This understanding has informed best practices in HL education, helping heritage speakers develop higher proficiency through language programs that address their linguistic and identity needs. The HL research that underpins these findings has focused on more widely-studied languages such as Spanish, Russian, or Chinese. However, HLs are everywhere, not only in these communities nor in typical immigrant environments. More needs to be done to understand the effects of language development and education in understudied bilingual populations with respect to heritage development. This Institute will bring together scholars who have long worked on more familiar HLs as well as researchers working on Native American languages (which often have heritage language varieties), sign languages (in the context of bimodal bilingualism), creole languages (as a paradigmatic case of language contact), and several lesser-studied HLs. Methods needed to address the linguistic and sociocultural dynamics experienced by these bilingual populations can be refined in comparison with established teaching methods. Joint discussions at the Institute will further our understanding of language change under intense contact and will allow us to propose new policies and educational strategies needed to maintain and promote heritage languages among their speakers. The Institute will feature presentations by researchers, discussion sessions, and two round table sessions: (1) on HL support in schools with the aim of helping heritage speakers succeed personally, linguistically, and academically, and (2) on lesser-studied HLs in larger HL contexts. In addition, there will be an all-day workshop will cover: (1) the principles and practices of heritage language teaching and project-based learning and (2) strategies for meeting the needs of heritage and second language learners in mixed classes.

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