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Aug
20
Tue
Guest speaker: Dr. Kristof Savski @ Wells Hall B243
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

‘Native only’ – examining how white privilege in TESOL is constructed, upheld and challenged in Facebook groups for migrant teachers of English in Thailand

Recent critical examinations of the concepts of ‘nativeness’ and ‘native speaker’ have underlined its embeddedness both in historically-conditioned geopolitical inequalities as well as its close association with ideologies of race. These play a key role in particular in TESOL, where ‘native speakers’ continue to be routinely seen as ideal teachers and models for learners. While such a preference is routinely critiqued as a manifestation of white privilege, it is important to note that such hegemonic ideologies are constructed and upheld through concrete actions in discourse, through concrete social actions, and that the discourse around them also opens windows in which such hegemony may be challenged. This presentation will focus on how such discursive struggle plays out around TESOL job advertisements in Facebook groups for migrant teachers of English in Thailand. While these groups cater to a highly diverse population of teachers, one which includes both traditional ‘expats’ (i.e. whites from Anglophone nations) as well as numerous teachers of other nationalities and ethnic backgrounds (i.e. whites from non-Anglophone nations as well as large numbers of Asians and Africans), the job advertisements posted in them largely favour the former, with many job offers explicitly stating that only ‘native speakers’ may apply. This presentation will share the preliminary results of a critical discourse analysis of language used in these adverts and the comments posted below them by group members. I will focus particularly on the discursive actions made by particular actors to enforce the hegemonic ideology – native-speakerism – and on the moves that attempted to subvert and challenge this ideology in different ways.

Aug
21
Wed
Pizza! & combined MATESOL/SLS Orientation @ B243 Wells
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come to the combined MATESOL/SLS orientation on Wednesday, August 21, 11am – 1pm; Wells B243.  We will have pizza galore!

Aug
22
Thu
SLS New Student Orientation @ B243 Wells Hall
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This session from 9 AM to 12 noon is for the new cohort of 2019 Second Language Studies (SLS) students. The SLS Faculty will join this group at 11 AM. Lunch and a meeting with the returning students will follow at noon, and a meeting with all students is from 1 to 2 PM. Potluck is at 5:30 PM. More info on the Potluck (where it is, how to get their, car-pool info) will be given out at the morning meeting. New students do not need to bring anything to the Potluck.

SLS Lunch @ B243 Wells Hall
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

All SLS students, faculty, and staff are welcome to lunch at noon! A meeting with all students follows from 1 to 2 PM. Potluck is at 5:30 PM. More info on the Potluck (where it is, how to get their, car-pool info) will be given out at the morning meeting. New students do not need to bring anything to the Potluck.

SLS All-Student Meeting @ B243 Wells Hall
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This session from 1 to 2 PM is a meeting with all students, new and returning ones. Potluck is at 5:30 PM. More info on the Potluck (where it is, how to get their, car-pool info) will be given out at the meeting. New students do not need to bring anything to the Potluck.

SLS Potluck @ TBA at the 1 PM meeting
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Potluck is at 6:00 PM. More info on the Potluck (where it is, how to get their, car-pool info) will be given out at the morning and afternoon meetings. New students do not need to bring anything to the Potluck.

Aug
24
Sat
Graduate Student Orientation and Resource Fair @ MSU Union
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Front of a brick three story building with pink flowers out frontGRADUATE STUDENT WELCOMING

All NEW and RETURNING Graduate Students are invited to attend the annual orientation program for graduate students of Michigan State University. The Orientation and Resource Fair will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the MSU Union from 9AM – Noon. See https://grad.msu.edu/events/graduate-school-welcoming-and-resource-fair.

COGS Fall Welcome Cookout (for all grad students and their families!) @ Benefactors Plaza 
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Free swag! Free food! Free ice cream! Free info! Come to the annual COGS cookout! It is for all graduate and professional students and their families! More info here: https://cogs.msu.edu/2019/05/fall-welcome-cookout/

Aug
26
Mon
Library Orientation for TESOL/Linguistics/SLS @ Meet in the South lobby of the Main Library in seating area before 12:30
Aug 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

 

Library orientation for TESOL, Linguistics, and SLS students Monday, August 26, 12:30 – 2pm; Meet in the South lobby of the Main Library in seating area before 12:30.  Orientation will be in the Beal Instruction room.
Aug
29
Thu
MSU Film Collective: ARTISTS AND MODELS @ B122 Wells Hall
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MSU Film Collective: ARTISTS AND MODELS @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

8/29 Artists and Models (dir. Frank Tashlin, 1955)

Presented by Kaveh Askari

Eugene and Rick are two struggling artists who share apartment. However, Rick has problems with that, because Eugene is obsessed with pulp fiction comic books and has nightmares because of that. However, Rick soon finds that those nightmares could be excellent material for writing his own comic books.