EVENTS

Calendar

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
17
Fri
ACTFL 2017 in Nashville
Nov 17 – Nov 19 all-day
ACTFL 2017 in Nashville @ Nashville | Tennessee | United States

Join us at ACTFL in Nashville from November 17th until the 19th. Drs. De Felice, Lanier and Kraemer will be joined by a number of MAFLT students and alumni at our program booth in the exhibitor hall. Stop by between sessions and help us spread the word about our fantastic program.

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.

Nov
29
Wed
Ushering into another tongue: Machine translation as a pedagogical tool for cultural and linguistic literacy @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Ushering into another tongue: Machine translation as a pedagogical tool for cultural and linguistic literacy @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Catherine Ryu

The presentation will explore how to integrate readily available machine translation tools such as Google Translate into student-centered learning in second language studies. Catherine Ryu will share how she utilized machine translation as a critical tool with which students learned to identify and analyze patterns of error in machine translation in relation to the errors in their own translation of flash fiction, various forms of writing with brevity as their signature selected for JPN469 SS17.

Join Catherine and explore how you may apply her method to your own teaching to enhance your students’ linguistic sensitivity and cultural literacy in a target language.

Take aways from the workshop will include:

  1. How to use machine translation as a pedagogical and analytical tool
  2. How to create worksheets to guide students’ learning through machine translation and to assess their own process of generating translations and literary analyses
Dec
6
Wed
Film and storytelling in French language classrooms and beyond @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Film and storytelling in French language classrooms and beyond @ CeLTA B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Safoi Babana-Hampton

Working from the premise that storytelling, personal narratives and  testimonial literature can function as dynamic sites of knowledge  production and of formation of individual consciousness, I attempt in  this project to consider language pedagogies that integrate storytelling in the language classroom through video life narratives to optimize student learning and skill building not only in the areas of speaking, writing, listening and reading, but also in the areas of critical reasoning, cross-cultural sensitivity and civic and global awareness.

Jan
18
Thu
Research Talk by Dr. Claudia Harsch @ B342 Wells Hall
Jan 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a research talk by Dr. Claudia Harsch, Professor for Research into Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Academic and Managing Director of the Foreign Languages Centre for the Universities in the Land Bremen.

Research Talk Abstract

Part 1: (20 minutes, plus 10 for questions) The potential of Dynamic Assessment for Fostering and Assessing Intercultural Competencies among University Students: Four empirically derived critical incidents (Cis) were presented to 13 international students studying in the UK. Students worked in pairs and were asked to interpret the CIs. Appropriate interpretations involved identifying the issues from different perspectives, anticipating emotions, behavior and problems for different participants, and negotiating situations and solutions. Results indicate the potential of DA to provide an empirical diagnosis of student interculturality and learning needs, and thus can inform the design of programs to develop students’ intercultural skills.

Part 2: (20 minutes, plus 10 for questions) Developing assessment literacy: what teachers, coordinators, and researchers can learn from and with each other: The assessment literacy project reported here is situated in a languages center where over 60 teachers provide courses for 21 languages. The course-based achievement tests are developed by the teacher, who expressed their need for support when developing these tests, since most teachers have not had any training in assessment. The project follows an approach where all stakeholders involved (teachers, course coordinators and researchers) bring their experience, abilities, skills and knowledge to the table.

CeLTA Vision Talk by Dr. Claudia Harsch @ B135 CeLTA Space
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a “CeLTA Vision Talk” from Dr. Claudia Harsch, Professor for Research into Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Academic and Managing Director of the Foreign Languages Centre for the Universities in the Land Bremen.

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

 

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.