Transforming Communities Through Multilingualism

February 6-9, 2019
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

Conference Description – #NCDLI2019

Immersion and dual language education continue to evolve as highly effective program models for launching students on the road to bi- and multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion, bilingual, and dual language programs involve a minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, world, heritage, or indigenous language at the preschool and elementary levels (PreK–5/6). Secondary or post-secondary continuation programs for elementary immersion/dual language graduates include a minimum of two subject courses.

Program models include:

  • One-Way Foreign/World Language Immersion
  • Co-Official/Regional Language Immersion
  • Two-Way Bilingual Immersion
  • One-Way Developmental Bilingual Education
  • Indigenous Revitalization Immersion

While each model targets distinct sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all embrace language, literacy, and culture development through subject-matter learning with a high degree of language intensity. Under the leadership of the The Seventh International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language (NCDLI2019) will bring these models together to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, and contexts.

NCDLI2019 is currently seeking proposals for papers, discussion sessions, and laptop poster sessions on aspects of immersion and dual language education related to five conference strands:

Strand I: Immersion Pedagogy and Assessment
Strand II: Culture, Identity, and Community
Strand III: Program Design and Evaluation
Strand IV: Policy, Advocacy, and Communications
Strand V: Professional Preparation and Learning

In addition to basic, applied, and evaluation research, conference organizers welcome a range of practitioner perspectives including those of immersion and dual language teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, pedagogical coaches, parents, and specialists who work in these programs. Paper/best practice sessions, and discussion sessions may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in immersion and dual language classrooms. Laptop poster sessions will offer opportunities for informal, face-to-face discussions of research.

Types of Sessions

Paper/Best Practice Sessions (1 hour): A paper involves a presentation on a topic related to one of the four strands. A best practice session is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, program coordinators, or parents to present exemplary classroom and program practices that relate to the conference strands. Papers/best practice sessions include 45 minutes for presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and discussion.

Discussion Sessions (1 hour): Discussion Sessions address a topic best pursued through extended dialogue among participants. These sessions will begin with a brief (10 minute) informal presentation; the remaining 50 minutes will be devoted to discussion moderated by the presenter/facilitator.

Laptop Poster Sessions: These sessions invite MA and PhD students to present their work at laptops at tall (highboy) tables (in lieu of posters) that conference goers may visit. Presenters should prepare a 1-page study overview as a handout and be ready to share study highlights on a laptop. Laptop poster sessions will take place during one-time slot (Friday afternoon) for 90 minutes.

Submission Guidelines

Paper/Best Practice, Discussion, and Laptop Poster Session Proposals:

Proposals must be submitted online and include the following:

  • Title to be used in program and publicity
  • Abstract (1,000 characters maximum) of your session
  • Contact information for all presenters for presentations with more than 1 presenter, even though information regarding the proposal will only be sent to the first (lead) presenter

Important information for all session:


Audio/visual equipment: a data projector, screen, and internet access will be provided in each room. Other equipment may be available for a fee by prior request - more details upon acceptance. Please note: Presenters will need to bring their own laptop and adaptor (i.e., Mac to projector connection).  Additional needs?  Please note in the Technology Needs section of the submission form.

Lead presenters will be responsible for contacting all co-presenters with information concerning the conference presentations.

Proposal Reviews

Paper/Best Practice, Discussion, Laptop Poster, and Symposium

A team of reviewers will evaluate each submission based on pre-determined criteria: description of context, scholarly/educational significance, quality of written presentation, theoretical orientation (if applicable), and quality of research or practice.

NCDLI2019 will notify selected presentations by June 30, 2018.

Submission Forms

Deadline to submit your proposal is May 1, 2018.  Please submit via online submission form found at


If you have questions about the conference or the content of your proposal, please email NCDLI2019 at or call us at +1-252-328-9198.