EVENTS

Calendar

Nov
15
Wed
Arabic Conversation Hour
Nov 15 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Arabic Conversation Hour

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.

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.

Nov
22
Wed
Arabic Conversation Hour
Nov 22 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Arabic Conversation Hour

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.

Nov
29
Wed
Arabic Conversation Hour
Nov 29 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Arabic Conversation Hour

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.

Dec
6
Wed
Arabic Conversation Hour
Dec 6 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Arabic Conversation Hour

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.

Dec
15
Fri
Early registration deadline for CLS spring classes @ Wells Hall
Dec 15 all-day
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.

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).