EVENTS

Calendar

Oct
20
Fri
Workshop: Creating/Editing Your CV @ B243 Wells
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come learn about creating/editing your CV, with Drs. Patti Spinner and Debra Hardison, 1 to 3 PM, Oct. 20, B243.

Oct
24
Tue
MwALT Practice Talks @ B443 Wells
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for a brown bag (bring your own lunch–we’ll have cookies and drinks) with practice presentations for MwALT (the Midwest Association for Language Testers).

  • Karolina Achirri: Rater training de-mystified through the lens of an IELTS examiner
  • Shinhye Lee: Planning time and task types in oral test performance
  • Daniel R. Isbell: Measuring C2-level writing ability: Rater and examinee age effects
Oct
25
Wed
Collaboration in materials development: A glimpse at the LCTL Partnership processes and materials @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Collaboration in materials development: A glimpse at the LCTL Partnership processes and materials @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall

Presenters: Dr. Emily Heidrich and Dr. Koen Van Gorp
The Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership, a grant project funded by the Mellon Foundation, has been underway for over a year now. We have started to pilot Swahili instructional materials developed in Year 1 of the project. We will speak about the successes and stumbling blocks we have encountered in working collaboratively across Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions to develop not only this project on the larger scale, but the collaborative processes involved in materials ideation and development.

Participants will come away from this session knowing more about the project as a whole and will gain ideas that they can implement into their own classrooms. The presenters will encourage discussion and solicit feedback on the materials presented, focusing on ways that materials can be continually tweaked and improved to fit the needs of the instructor and class at hand.

Oct
28
Sat
Midwest Association of Language Testers @ Wright State University
Oct 28 all-day

Conference Theme: Language Assessment and its Sociopolitical Context

Nov
1
Wed
Listen up! Including more listening in the language classroom @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Listen up! Including more listening in the language classroom @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Adam Gacs

As language teachers it is crucial to think about incorporating more listening opportunities for our students inside and outside the classroom. But it is often a challenge to provide students with significant amount of practice in interpretive listening. We will look at strategies and resources to present students additional listening input in the target language and help them with comprehension. We will explore tasks around authentic resources that include film clips, radio, and television.

Nov
8
Wed
Discussions on creating inclusive and accessible language learning environments @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Discussions on creating inclusive and accessible language learning environments @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Nate Evans

Language learning can reveal unique pedagogical challenges and opportunities related to accessibility and universal design for learning. This session focuses on promoting inclusive and accessible language learning environments with interaction and discussion from MSU IT Digital Content & Accessibility and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Nov
9
Thu
Testing & Tasting: Language Assessment Research and Reading Group @ SOSLAP Workshop, B342 Wells Hall
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Nov
10
Fri
Talk: Telling an immigrant’s language maintenance story @ B342 Wells Hall
Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gary Barkhuizen (http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/people/gbar062) will be visiting MSU from Nov 9-16. He’ll be conducting a talk from 3-5pm on Nov 10 at Wells Hall B 342. Also, Gary will have office hours from 1-pm on Nov 14 at Wells Hall B402. 
See the flyer to his talk here: http://sls.msu.edu/files/5615/0937/2761/Barkhuizen__flyer_Nov10_2017.pdf
Nov
14
Tue
Office Hours with Dr. Barkhuizen @ B402 Wells Hall
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dr. Gary Barkhuizen will hold office hours from 1 pm on Nov 14 at Wells Hall B402. If you want to schedule a half-hour meeting with Dr. Barkhuizen, please email Peter (pdecosta@msu.edu) directly.

Nov
17
Fri
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Expo 2017 @ Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Nov 17 – Nov 19 all-day

The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo is an international event bringing together more than 7,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process. Come participate in the world’s most comprehensive language education meeting of the minds featuring more than 800 educational sessions in a variety of formats that focus on innovative programs, emerging trends that impact the language profession, and research-informed practices. While the exhibit hall will showcase more than 250 companies exhibiting their latest products and services, it is a learning experience within itself where you will find exhibitor sponsored workshops, the ACTFL Collab Zone, the Social Media Lounge, a Career Café, and an ACTFL Confer-sation Corner.