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Jan
22
Mon
Research Talk by Dr. Felix Kronenberg @ B342 Wells Hall
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a research talk by Dr. Felix Kronenberg, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Director of the Language Learning Center, Rhodes College, Memphis Tennessee.

Research Talk Title: The Normalization of Physical Language Learning Spaces

The basic blueprint of the physical language classroom has not changed all that much in over a century, even as new language teaching methods and approaches, new technologies, and new interdisciplinary insights into better ways to support learning have greatly advanced during that same timeframe. Therefore, it is time to address the built environment’s power over how we teach languages, the “built pedagogy,” and look critically at that classroom blueprint.

Dr. Felix Kronenberg will analyze how classrooms and other physical spaces for language learning have become so normalized that alternative designs are an exception rather than the norm. He will discuss the implications that physical spaces have for learning and teaching in general and for languages in particular, and how interdisciplinary research can lead to a reconceptualization of physical language learning space design.

Jan
23
Tue
CeLTA Vision Talk by Dr. Felix Kronenberg @ B135 CeLTA Space
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a “CeLTA Vision Talk” from Dr. Felix Kronenberg, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Director of the Language Learning Center, Rhodes College, Memphis Tennessee.

After the Vision Talk, there will be a reception with light refreshments, during which time you can meet with Dr. Kronenberg and ask questions about his potential directorship, teaching, and research at MSU.

 

Jan
29
Mon
Research Talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco @ B342 Wells Hall
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a research talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Director of Linguistics, and Director of the Heritage Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Purdue University.

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.

Jan
30
Tue
CeLTA Vision Talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco @ B135 CeLTA Space
Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a research talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Director of Linguistics, and Director of the Heritage Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Purdue University.

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.

 

Feb
1
Thu
MSU Latinx Film Festival
Feb 1 – Feb 4 all-day
MSU Latinx Film Festival
Get ready for the first MSU Latinx Film Festival!
 
The inaugural edition of the festival features films from the United States, México, Perú, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain. You won’t find these films in U.S. movie theaters or on Netflix so please join us for great cinema and conversations you can’t have anywhere else!
 
Free screenings open to the public will be held at the MSU Library and the MSU RCAH Theater (Snyder-Phillips Hall), The Robin Theatre in REO Town and Studio C! at Meridian Mall (in conjunction with the East Lansing Film Festival Indie Series) from February 1-4, 2018.
 
All films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the directors or interactive panel discussions with MSU faculty, graduate students and community leaders. Keep updated on festival news by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through our website: msulatinxfilmfestival.com
 
For more information and media inquires, please contact us at msu.lxff@gmail.com.
Mar
22
Thu
Workshop with Dr. Graeme Porte: Replication Research @ A222 Wells Hall
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

http://www.ugr.es/~gporte/

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

Apr
25
Wed
An Evening for CAL Students of Color to Come Meet Your Alums @ B Wells Atrium
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
An Evening for CAL Students of Color to Come Meet Your Alums @ B Wells Atrium | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Don’t miss your  chance to hear CAL alums share their MSU and professional stories at this casual mixer!

Jun
29
Fri
Arts Weekend 2018 @ Grand Hotel
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day
Arts Weekend 2018 @ Grand Hotel  | Mackinac Island | Michigan | United States

Join us on Mackinac Island for a special weekend at one of the world’s finest hotels where you will enjoy private porch receptions, unique programming, fine gourmet dinners, and good company!

Activities Include:

  • Private porch receptions and gourmet dinners
  • An enjoyable evening of musical theatre with a performance by MSU Department of Theatre students
  • Guided tour of the Manoogian Art Collection led by Tatum Walker, ’13 MSU Art History alumna and visual culture and museum studies specialist
  • Presentation and workshop, titled “Dance Engine: Audience Engagement In Theatre Through Technology” and focused on the intersection of computer programing and performing arts, by Alison Dobbins, Associate Professor of Theatre, and Charles Owen, Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Evening performance of delightful A cappella music by the award-winning student performance group, The MSU Accafellas