Research Talk Title: The Normalization of Physical Language Learning Spaces
Research Talk Title: The Acquisition of Spanish as a Heritage Language during Childhood: Reconciling Formal and Pedagogical Theorizing
The first part of this talk discusses the acquisition of grammatical gender and N/ADJ word order in Spanish-English bilingual children. A picture-naming task revealed overextension of the masculine form and high levels of ungrammatical word order strings. There were no significant differences by age with gender concord or N/ADJ word order. I argue that the differences found stem from a re-assembly of gender features leading to both morphological and syntactic variability. This approach conceptualizes heritage language variation along the lines of current linguistic theorizing regarding the role of innate linguistic principles and language experience. The second part of the talk discusses the role of literacy instruction in the development of reading and writing skills in young Spanish heritage children (K-4). Measures included phonological awareness, receptive vocabulary knowledge, word reading accuracy and fluency. Results showed significant gains for the treatment group across all measures. Contextualized and explicit instruction on word reading and decoding, as well as oral language and vocabulary knowledge, helped the children develop literacy skills in their L1. The study provides strong evidence towards validating the efficacy of service-learning/engagement programs aimed at facilitating early child bilingual development.
After the Vision Talk, there will be a reception with light refreshments, during which time you can meet with Dr. Cuza-Blanco and ask questions about his potential directorship, teaching, and research at MSU.
Are you interested in: History, Museums, Museum Education, Curation, Natural Science, Planetariums, Anthropology, Exhibition Design, or Parks and Recreation and Tourism? Come learn about the Museum Studies Minor.
Refreshments will be provided.
For more information please contact Laura Essig at Essiglau@Msu.edu
If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing twice: Doing replication research
Join us for a workshop on replication research!
Dr. Graeme Porte from the University of Granada will lead us through a workshop on why replication research is important, and more importantly, how to do it well.
Sponsored by Second Language Studies
Michigan State University
Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 3-6pm
A222 Wells Hall
Everyone is invited. See the flyer/abstract for his talk here: http://sls.msu.edu/files/4715/0611/3851/PorteWorkshop.pdf
Online enrollment for our spring Immersion Teacher Workshops in French, German, and Spanish ends today. Register at https://camps.cal.msu.edu.