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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
24
Wed
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.

Jan
26
Fri
Surviving Grad School Panel: Part 2 @ B243 Wells Hall
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.

 

Jan
31
Wed
Qualtrics survey software overview: Applications for research @ B125 Wells Hall
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Qualtrics survey software overview: Applications for research @ B125 Wells Hall

Presenters: Jeff Maloney and Dan Isbell

MSU offers Qualtrics as a service for faculty and graduate students. With this software you can create surveys for a wide range of purposes, especially research. We will discuss some of the major features of the software along with a walkthrough for creating a sample survey.

This workshop meets in the CeLTA Lab B125 Wells Hall.

Feb
7
Wed
Create media-rich speaking assignments using H5P @ B125 Wells Hall
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Create media-rich speaking assignments using H5P @ B125 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Shannon Spasova

In this session, participants will learn how to create a speaking assignment or assessment using H5P. H5P allows the combination of several activity types to create prompts that include audio, image, video, or text. Students then record within the page, download their responses, and upload them to a D2L dropbox. Advantages of this approach over other alternatives are that it does not use Flash and does not require that students register an account with a third-party website. Additionally, students can record themselves using other means if desired.

This workshop meets in the CeLTA Lab B125 Wells Hall.

Feb
14
Wed
Developing your academic online presence @ Digital Scholarship Lab in the Main Library
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Developing your academic online presence @ Digital Scholarship Lab in the Main Library

Presenter: Kristen Mapes

In this workshop, we will discuss where you already have an online presence, where you may want to develop a digital identity, and how to do it. We will think through what it means to have a digital identity as an academic and educator, specifically using the Visitor and Resident mapping framework. Then, we will discuss specifically academic social platforms (e.g., academia.edu, ResearchGate, etc.), with a more formal introduction to Humanities Commons.

Please note that this workshop will take place in the new, state-of-the-art Digital Scholarship Lab on the 2nd floor of the west wing in the Main Library. Pizza will be served.

Feb
15
Thu
Testing & Tasting: Hot Topics in Task-Based Language Assessment @ B243 Wells Hall
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am