Language Teacher Symposium (LaTeS) 2023 – Melanie Mello

Date: May 6, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: The University of Arizona - Harvill Building Room 404
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Performance-Based Activities for the World Language Classroom

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to several performance-based activities and concepts connecting improv, neuroscience, film, and language acquisition in theory and practice. After a couple of warm-up activities through which participants will learn how to control their voice and use their body to convey status and express feelings, we will try out several proven improv activities to explore firsthand how students’ communication and collaboration skills can be further developed through improv.

L2ML Symposium

Start date: April 17, 2023 - End date: April 22, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

The Second Language Multimodal Literacies symposium (L2ML) will bring together educators, practitioners, and researchers, who share common interests in exploring the role of multimodality in contexts of second or multiple language and culture learning. This two-day virtual event will include a series of digital presentations and discussions, including three invited talks by experts in the fields of multimodal language and literacy education. The symposium will culminate in a panel discussion, where participants will consider future directions for multimodal scholarship and pedagogical practice in second language and multilingualism studies.


Date: April 14, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: American Eat Company, 1439 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713

We are hosting this Spring’s AZLA Café, in person When: 14 April, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, MST. Stop by when you can!Where: American Eat Company, 1439 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713 Register here by April 12 Free networking event for World Language educators! Join us for this informal meeting of language teachers. Bring […]

UArizona Language Fair 2023

Date: April 5, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: University of Arizona Mall, across from the Memorial Student Union and Old Main

The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) will host the annual UArizona Language Fair on April 5, 2023, an event designed to raise the visibility of the wide range of languages that students study at The University of Arizona. Departments, programs, and UA student clubs representing the languages and cultures taught at UArizona apply for small grants to fund interactive activities that showcase the languages taught in their departments and spoken in their communities. The event is open to all students, faculty/staff, and visitors to campus. Participants in the Fair enjoy free food, games and other activities that celebrate the benefits and opportunities that come from communicating in another language.


Digital Storytelling (DS) is a textual narrative embedded with other modes of communication. It consists of a “short, two to three-minute mini-film usually based on still photos brought into a multimedia format with a textual narrative read with the narrator’s voice (Lundby, 2008, p.366). Many studies have examined the integration of digital stories in educational settings. Still, studies have yet to explore DS in Foreign Language/L2  learning contexts and the beneficial impact on students’ cognition, language learning, and technology and media skills. Inspired by the Story Center’s movement and mission to “create spaces for listening to and sharing stories” and to provide “skills and tools that support self-expression, creative practice and community building” (, Dr. Petit uses the Center Story’s steps into the curriculum to help students to produce personal and unique digital narratives in L2. 

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In this webinar, we will connect with the material, creative, and embodied dimensions of L2 learning and teaching, by examining what we can learn from, at, and with the art museum. We will engage with the following questions: ‘What is a museum?’, ‘How do museum-based and pedagogies of multiliteracies intersect?’ and ‘How can I engage L2 learners with (art) museum texts across sites of practice?’ This webinar will provide answers to these questions with a specific focus on the PreK-16 world language classroom, using texts from diverse museums, as well as instructional and experiential strategies drawn from research and from various collaborative projects.

SLAT 2023 Roundtable

Date: February 4, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: In person at the University of Arizona
SLAT Roundtable Registration 2023

CERCLL is proud to co-sponsor the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Roundtable each year. In 2023, the theme is: Collaboration and Social Change in World Language Education and Research. The event will facilitate cross-disciplinary conversations through engaging individual presentations, a projects-in-progress symposium, and a poster session. In addition, the 2023 Roundtable will host two invited […]

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This webinar will discuss ways to implement genre pedagogy in world language classes to develop genre awareness across languages. An introduction of genre pedagogies and the concepts of genre awareness and genre-specific knowledge as tools to scaffold writing instruction. Discussion of examples of pedagogical materials designed for multiple languages, including Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish. These examples will illustrate the use of genre as a concept to select relevant texts for reading and writing, to scaffold language and writing instruction, and to leverage learners’ background knowledge to support writing development in additional languages. These practices challenge the teaching of genres as templates and argue for genre knowledge development across languages as a way to recognize, leverage and expand learners’ multilingual repertoires in the world language classroom.

Globalizing the Community College Curriculum: Add Food and Stir

Start date: January 20, 2023 - End date: January 22, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: University of Arizona

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS); the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL); the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS); and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Arizona are glad to invite you to our 7th annual conference for Community College educators on January 20-22, 2023. This year’s theme is “Globalizing the Community College Curriculum: Add Food and Stir.”

Amanda Shufflebarger

In this free webinar, Dr. Shufflebarger will share multiliteracies approaches to incorporating poetry and creative texts into any classroom. Drawing from K-12, university, and community-based adult language contexts, she will review the theoretical underpinnings of incorporating poetry into language classrooms, share a variety of instructional activities, and discuss strategies for organizing activities within a broader course curriculum. Participants will be invited to share ideas and practices they incorporate into their own teaching contexts.

General Professional Development and Other Events

Lectures and Cultural Events
CERCLL sponsors and co-sponsors numerous public events throughout the academic year. If you would like to receive announcements about these and other language-related opportunities, join CERCLL’s mailing list here.

CERCLL’s NSF Grant and Related Events
A UA’s Linguistics symposium was about the National Science Foundation grant from the Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program that CERCLL received in 2013. Jon Reinhardt spoke about the digital materials produced by the project in “Augmented Reality Mobile Games for Language Learning and Revitalization”. Access the presentation here. (A closed symposium for Native American educators took place in Fall 2013 and was followed by a workshop on the Fort Mohave reservation on the CA/AZ border in February, 2014, while CERCLL’s June 7th, 2014, workshop also covered some of the topics of this project; there was a presentation in American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI)’s summer series in both 2014 and 2015 as well.)

Summer Workshop Series and the LATeS Symposium
CERCLL hosts professional development workshops each summer, as well as an annual language teacher symposium (LATeS).

Fall 2013 Workshops

Symposium on Indigenous Knowledge and Digital Literacies
In July 2013, CERCLL was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation through its Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program. The symposium and workshops were conceived as an extension to CERCLL’s Games to Teach Project, bringing digital gaming to a new audience for CERCLL–the Native American community. It is co-led by one of the Games to Teach project directors, Dr. Jonathon Reinhardt, and by Dr. Susan Penfield, who was previously CERCLL’s Research Coordinator. CERCLL is partnering with the University of Arizona’s American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI) for the first time, and bringing CERCLL’s activities to underserved communities through this program. See CERCLL’s blog entry on the symposium.

U.S. Department of Education Annual Bus Tour
CERCLL was included in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2013 bus tour which was intended to highlight early learning and “teachers as leaders”, among other things. Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education and Acting Assistant Secretary of Education, and Dr. Sharon Lee Miller, Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, took part in a roundtable at the University of Arizona on September 11, 2013. See CERCLL’s blog entries on the topic.