Liaisons in French: What are students really learning in class? @ B135 Wells Hall
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Liaisons in French: What are students really learning in class? @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Anne Violin-Wigent

As part of my current investigation on the effectiveness of explicit instruction, this project investigates the evolution of the accuracy of French liaisons produced by students over a semester. Do they actually produce French liaisons more accurately after they are given the list of explicit rules than before? How do they change after the lesson? After a brief explanation of what French liaisons are, I will present preliminary results that compare students enrolled in a French phonetics and pronunciation class (FRN 330) where they are taught the rules, to students enrolled in FRN 320, a grammar and writing class that does not include liaisons at all.

This workshop meets on Thursday from 3-4 pm in B135 Wells Hall. Cookies and coffee will be served.

Promoting foreign language study in middle schools @ B135 Wells Hall
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Promoting foreign language study in middle schools @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Alissa Cohen

This workshop will explore some of the challenges of promoting language study among American school children and look at the CeLTA Fellowship project I conducted this year to address some of these challenges. I will provide an overview of a language exploration club that was designed to introduce students at East Lansing’s MacDonald Middle School to the study of foreign languages in general and, more specifically, to the languages offered at the school, French, German, and Spanish. The goal of the project was twofold: To promote foreign language study by middle schoolers and to promote service learning and teaching practice by MSU students in the fields of language learning and teaching. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to review and evaluate the structure, materials, and outcomes of the program and contribute to the revision process, with an ultimate goal of encouraging greater future participation among the middle schoolers and MSU student teacher volunteers and to create contacts and collaborations across the many MSU units involved in promoting language teaching and learning.

CeLTA grant updates: Language Proficiency Flagship and LCTL Partnership @ B135 Wells Hall
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
CeLTA grant updates: Language Proficiency Flagship and LCTL Partnership @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenters: Drs. Susan Gass, Paula Winke, Koen Van Gorp, and Emily Heidrich

Join us to hear updates on the Language Proficiency Flagship Initiative, funded by the National Security Education Program within the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. The presenters will also discuss the progress of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership, a cross-university initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Measuring ESL learners’ language profiles: An individual differences approach @ B135 Wells Hall
Apr 11 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Measuring ESL learners' language profiles: An individual differences approach @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Aline Godfroid

In this presentation, I give an interim report on a research project designed to chart the English knowledge of English as a Second Language speakers studying at Michigan State University. The specific aims of the project are to develop lab-based language tests that allow researchers and teachers to distinguish two types of linguistic knowledge (explicit and implicit) that differ in their usefulness for everyday communication. I will discuss what the different tests measure and focus specifically on the implicit knowledge tests, as these are key for measuring fluent language use during spontaneous communication. I will also consider the cognitive profiles of students that show a propensity for learning implicitly. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to try out some of the individual differences measures in the second half of the presentation.

Authentic reading texts from elementary to advanced @ B135 Wells Hall
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Authentic reading texts from elementary to advanced @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Drs. Zarema Kumakhova and Shannon Spasova

This presentation will show a project that aims to facilitate the use of authentic reading texts throughout the Russian language curriculum. In first- and second-year Russian, students will complete a series of lessons that focuses on various aspects of learning vocabulary and understanding words in context, and finish by beginning to read their first full authentic texts in Russian. In third- and fourth-year Russian, students will use a set of materials that help them to read works of classic Russian literature with exercises that help them to continue to develop their skills in understanding words from morphology and retain vocabulary across readings. The presentation will include some examples as well as a description of the process with lessons learned to benefit others who may want to undertake a similar project.

Online ESL tutoring materials @ B135 Wells Hall
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Online ESL tutoring materials @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dmitrii Pastushenkov

The purpose of this project was to develop teaching materials for online tutoring sessions using Zoom. The teaching materials include lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and recorded online sessions for IELTS Speaking Preparation, TOEFL Speaking Preparation, and Transition to Business courses. Each course includes ten 50-minute tutoring sessions. The workshop will include the following sections:

  1. Overview of the three courses (general information about IELTS/TOEFL, why these tests are important for international students, Transition to Business and transition courses in general, structure of the courses, lesson plans, etc.)
  2. Examples of how to use Zoom in online tutoring sessions (share screening, giving feedback in real time, etc.)
  3. Examples from recorded tutoring sessions (warm-up activities, new vocabulary, speaking exercises, case studies for the Transition to Business course, etc.)
  4. Future directions (the follow-up project on the effects of teacher-student interaction on task performance)
  5. Q&A session

If you have any questions about the project/workshop, please contact Dmitrii Pastushenkov at

THEN NOW Painting and Drawings by Dianne Wolter @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Aug 3 – Oct 5 all-day
THEN NOW Painting and Drawings by Dianne Wolter @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Featuring Dianne Wolter’s paintings and sculptures.

August 3- October 5, 2018

Reception September 8, 3-5PM



Painting provides me a process driven opportunity to experiment, discover, manipulate, play, and sometimes even tell a story. I value mark making and like to see evidence of the history of the process in the finished painting. Narrative has been a component of my art that allows me to ask questions and make observations. I use whimsy as a means to enliven or to soften the content. Recurring themes and images return to new environments. Images that possess a personal iconography are infused with content from experiences and memories that hold power. I begin by creating an active ground plane, and then working out to the surface, sometimes finding rather than imposing imagery. I enjoy working figuratively, layering, searching for ideas and inspiration from the manipulation of the media, and often but not always embracing a narrative.

Adding papier-mâché sculpture to my studio involvement has been a logical and natural extension to my previous singular focus of two-dimensional work.  The process is reductive, starting with foam forms that have been created by gluing construction foam into blocks that can be carved. Papier-mâché mulch and layers of paper finish off the surfaces and ease transitions and contours. The torn paper can communicate a new narrative while holding onto its past. I find myself stacking forms which is another way of layering, bringing elements together in proximity or support, contrasting familiar with fantastic.


Dianne Wolter graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a teaching certificate. Teaching and studio involvement have been the focus of her professional life since then.  She concentrated on fabric collage for the first 14 years of her creative journey, teaching it in public schools throughout southern Michigan sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts. In 1979, Wolter began teaching after school art classes in her home studio to area children. Sharing her studio with children was a rewarding and meaningful opportunity. To concentrate more fully on her own art, she retired from teaching in 2002 to focus more on painting. A whim to make a cat riding on a unicycle introduced sculpture as an additional interest. Since then, Wolter has been enjoying both sculpture and painting.

For more information about Dianne’s work please visit her website:

Learning Symposium: A Conversation Among CALLeagues @ Wells Hall (B-Wing Classrooms)
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The primary activity at this event will be low-stakes, open house-style Table Presentations with “lightning talks” focusing specifically on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and ed tech tools and practices more generally. MSU’s Center for Language Training and Advancement (CeLTA) and hosts Adam Gacs (German) and Shannon Spasova (Russian) will also facilitate several presentations that will be broadcast and recorded for online participants.

Mind the Gap: Bridging the Researcher-Teacher Divide @ Wells Hall, B-Wing
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This mini-conference event brings researchers and teachers together in dialogue around the questions “Do teachers care about research?” and “Do researchers care about teachers?” Plenary session presentations by researcher Dr. Masatoshi Sato (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile) and a language educator (TBD) will be followed by a mixer in smaller break-out rooms, where language researchers and language teachers will engage in guided but informal dialogue. The event will conclude with a Town Hall-style forum, facilitated by MSU’s Second Language Studies program chair, Dr. Shawn Loewen.

Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Atul Bhalla | Monday, September 16 | 105 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist who uses photography, performance, video, sculpture, and installation to immerse himself in the physical, historical, spiritual, and political significance of water. Bhalla is a Professor in the Department of Art and Performance Art at Shiv Nadar University in India.