Community Engagement

The department is involved in a wide range of community outreach initiatives, including those below.

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)

CARLA supports interrelated programs of research, professional development for educators, instructional materials development, and assessment innovation. Working closely with the center’s director and staff, Spanish and Portuguese faculty and instructors are active in shaping its research agenda and co-teach CARLA summer seminars on a regular basis.

CLA Language Center

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese benefits from a close working relationship with the CLA Language Center, which supports student learning at every stage—from placement testing to ready access to multimedia content content in courses and assessment of achieved language learning outcomes. Staff members in collaboration with departments provide an extensive list of language links and multi-language resources of use to K-12 students, teachers, and the general public.

College in the Schools

The College in the Schools Spanish Program allows advanced high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit at their own high school by taking introductory-level University of Minnesota courses in a variety of subjects. The department supports participating high schools by offering professional development workshops for teachers, sharing curriculum, inviting students to campus for fall and spring field days, and arranging visits to high schools by graduate students under the Mears Fellowships to conduct outreach presentations.