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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.

Arabic for Kids @ Wells Hall
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Arabic for Kids @ Wells Hall

Our kids programs are open to children ages 6-12 and are designed to provide a fun learning environment that focuses on playful interactions in the target language. It will sensitize children to language learning, help them acquire an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, enhance their understanding of the native language, and hopefully motivate them to pursue language study. Our goals are to introduce the children to different facets of the target language and culture, expand their existing knowledge, and increase their abilities in speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing in the target language. We emphasize functional language use and cultural awareness. Our small class sizes allow us to work more closely with your children, differentiate instruction, and maximize learning outcomes. Concurrent sections to accommodate different levels are offered for most languages.

Multiple-program/child discounts are available (10%). To qualify, registrations must be on the same transaction. Classes will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll. All classes meet in Wells Hall.

Arabic meets on Mondays from 5:00-6:00 pm, starting January 22 and running for 10 weeks through April 16, 2018. There will be no class meetings during MSU’s Spring Break (March 5-9) and area schools’ Spring Breaks (March 26 – April 6).

Meet a Literary Agent and a Publisher @ MSU International Center, rm 115
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to meet a publisher and a literary agent on Monday, January 22.
  • Navah Wolfe is a Hugo and Locus Award-nominated editor at Saga Press. She is also the coeditor of Robots vs Fairies and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. In 2017 she was selected as a Publishers Weekly Rising Star.
  • DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books.
They will take part in a public conversation on the present and future of publishing, hosted by Kate Fedewa (WRAC Professor).
When: Monday, January 22, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to roughly 8:00 p.m.
Where: International Center, room 115, on the MSU Campus
​In addition to talking about their own experiences in editing and publishing, DongWon and Navah will take questions from the audience.​
Between the Sheets: Sex in Jewish Culture @ 225 Old Horticulture
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Between the Sheets: Sex in Jewish Culture @ 225 Old Horticulture

In this talk, Dr. Ted Merwin, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Dickinson College, argues that Judaism’s characterization as a “worldly” religion in which the pleasures of the body are openly celebrated goes only part of the way to explain the ubiquitous nature of erotic themes in American Jewish culture. Tracing the use of sexual themes in an array of films, TV shows and stand-up routines—ranging from Eddie Cantor’s Whoopee and Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint to “The Contest” episode of Seinfeld and the audacious comedy of Sarah Silverman and Sacha Baron Cohen —Dr. Merwin will plumb the depths of the interest in sex in American Jewish popular entertainment to suggest that Jews opened a space for themselves in America partly through their unusual frankness and openness about sexuality.

Jan
23
Tue
ESL Conversation Hour @ B135 Wells Hall
Jan 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
ESL Conversation Hour @ B135 Wells Hall

Come to the CeLTA space to practice your language skills and meet new people. This is an informal, low-pressure atmosphere where you can speak in the target language, ask questions, and learn more about culture.

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
24
Wed
ESL Conversation Hour @ B135 Wells Hall
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
ESL Conversation Hour @ B135 Wells Hall

Come to the CeLTA space to practice your language skills and meet new people. This is an informal, low-pressure atmosphere where you can speak in the target language, ask questions, and learn more about culture.

Software available for placement testing at MSU @ B125 Wells Hall
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Software available for placement testing at MSU @ B125 Wells Hall

Presenters: Drs. Paula Winke and Emily Heidrich

In this workshop, we will review current theoretical issues in language placement testing that affect all placement testing programs at Michigan State University and beyond. The most import issue is that placement tests must work in consort with program articulation and course offerings. We will review several placement test uses at MSU as examples to demonstrate the large variety of placement plans that exist even at one university. And more locally and practically, we will review tips and treasures of Qualtrics, a survey and test software that can be used for computer adaptive testing and, in particular, placement testing. Qualtrics is now university wide at MSU, and we will discuss how it is currently being used for placement into the Chinese language program at MSU. We will also discuss issues related to test security and test score interpretation, and the MSU need for Qualtrics-score-triggered automatic overrides (a necessity that the larger language programs must have).

This workshop meets in the CeLTA Lab B125 Wells Hall.

MSU Diversity Career Fair @ MSU Breslin Center
Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MSU Diversity Career Fair @ MSU Breslin Center

This event, hosted every January, is MSU’s largest cross-campus/major career event of the spring semester attracting around 2,000 students. Organizations recruiting students of all majors for full-time, internship, and co-op opportunities are encouraged to attend.

Jan
26
Fri
Info Session: Silicon Valley, Accessibility in the Tech Industry @ B243 Wells Hall
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Info Session: Silicon Valley, Accessibility in the Tech Industry @ B243 Wells Hall

This weeklong study away program in Silicon Valley takes place during summer 2018. Students will earn 2 credits while focusing on networking and career paths in accessibility. The goal of the program is to introduce students to what accessibility is and why it is important, create opportunities to forge networks and develop possible career paths, connect them with alumni and friends of the College, and get a sense of the place and culture of Silicon Valley.