Storytelling: an Accessible Art Event @ Wells Hall B Atrium
Nov 8 – Nov 22 all-day

You are warmly invited to the Wells Hall B Atrium November 18-22 to enjoy reading and feeling tactile graphic novellas! Students in ENG 473A: Literature and Medicine have created these short comic-book-like stories depicting experiences of disability, illness, and interactions with the medical field, which are displayed alongside touchable sculpture from previous years of accessible art exhibits. Come learn about medicine and disability in a whole new way, and remember – please touch the art.

Film screening: The Silence of Others – GSAH Symposium @ B122 Wells Hall
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime @ Room 303 International Center
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime @ Room 303 International Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime

From core principles to the ways Shinto is practiced today, this talk will address shrines for sports, fertility and protection from STDs, appropriation by popular culture (such as in anime and advertisements), and new spirituality movements including the power spot boom.


Dr. Stephen Covell

Chair of the Department of Comparative Religion and the Mary Meader Professor of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. Dr. Covell was the founding director of WMU’s Soga Japan Center and has published widely on Buddhism and other Japanese religious topics.



Sponsored by the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, IAH Connecting Pedagogy and Practice Fund, Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies Center, and MSU Japan Council.

Sensory-friendly event at the MSU Museum @ MSU Museum
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In collaboration with the Accessible Learning Conference and in honor of Accessibility Week 2019, the MSU Museumwill host a sensory-friendly event on Tuesday, November 19 from 5-7 p.m. Join the museum for a range of hands-on activities, gallery exploration, and a chill out area in the education station.

Luis A. Sahagun Visiting Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Lecture @ MSU Broad Art Museum
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Luis A. Sahagun Visiting Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Lecture @ MSU Broad Art Museum | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Luis A. Sahagun | Wednesday, November 20 | Broad Art Museum | 7pm

Luis Sahagun is an AAHD Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Sahagun’s drawings, sculptures, paintings, and performances confront the palpable inescapability of race and transforms art into an act of reclamation. As a previously undocumented immigrant and former laborer, Sahagun’s work focus on the importance of Latinx cultures and contributions in order to combat the anti-immigration and anti-Latinx national rhetoric that persists throughout the country.

Support for this lecture is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union, Broad Art Museum, The College of Arts and Letters, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

Accessible Learning Conference @ Kellogg Center
Nov 21 – Nov 22 all-day

We invite you to join us for the 5th annual Accessible Learning Conference on November 21-22, 2019. This year’s theme is storytelling.

DATE:November 21-22, 2019

LOCATION: East Lansing, Michigan; Kellogg Center; Michigan State University


Review the conference schedule on the ALC Website below:

Schedule 2019

Accessible Learning Conference 2019 @ The Kellogg Center
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm

Accessibility is an integral part of our professional, educational, recreational, economic, and civic lives. But at the core of accessibility are people and their stories. This year at the Accessible Learning Conference, we’re providing a space for those stories to come alive.

Join us in East Lansing to help craft and communicate the narratives that shape accessibility and the experience of students, faculty, staff, and community members in the educational sphere and beyond.

Second Language Studies Symposium @ TBA
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Save The Date!

Second Language Studies Symposium

Friday, February 21, 2020

For the day’s schedule,  please click here.



Multi-Competence, Translanguaging, and Multimodal Learning

Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

This is a conceptual paper that aims to extend the concept of Linguistic Multi-Competence and advance Translanguaging as a research perspective (in addition to pedagogical approach). It focuses on the theoretical foundations of Translanguaging and explores the implications for language teaching and learning in particular and for bilingualism and multilingualism research generally. Core issues such as the role of L1, transfer, learner autonomy, will be revisited from the Translanguaging perspective. Empirical examples from self-directed mobile language learning will be used to demonstrate the added value of the Translanguaging approach.

Instructional approaches to multiword items in a second language: A critical review

Frank Boers, Western University, London, Ontario

The past two decades have witnessed a proliferation of studies on multiword items (phraseological units such as collocations, idioms and phrasal verbs), including research on the effectiveness of diverse interventions intended to help learners acquire such items. Studies on the effectiveness of these interventions are typically of a comparative nature, where the learning gains resulting from a given procedure are found to be significantly greater than the gains observed under a comparison or control condition.  In this talk I will review a collection of such studies adopting a practitioner’s perspective in doing so. It will be argued, for example, that some of the approaches put to the test in empirical research are unlikely to be tried by teachers owing to the substantial investment of time and effort they require. A recurring theme in the talk will be the distinction between statistical significance and pedagogical significance of the research findings. While it is of course useful to detect whether one treatment condition leads to more learning than another according to inferential statistics, it is also worth taking a closer look at descriptive statistics to evaluate how encouraging the learning gains really are under the more successful treatment. The talk will conclude with suggestions for further, pedagogy-oriented, research in this area.