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Sep
14
Fri
Testing & Tasting: Language Assessment Research and Reading Group @ Wells Hall B243
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Testing & Tasting (or the language assessment research and reading group) is a group for practitioners and researchers interested in language testing and assessment. Meetings provide a forum for both faculty and students to learn about advanced assessment topics and discuss language testing in a friendly setting- with snacks! The group usually meets once a month, with each meeting featuring presentations from SLS students, faculty members, or testers of the ELC testing office. Recommended readings (if there are any) will be sent to the whole group via email before each meeting. We have Dr. Paula Winke, Dr. Dan Reed, and Dr. Koen Van Gorp as regular faculty advisors, and occasionally we invite guest speakers to Skype in. 

Presenter(s): Wenyue (Melody) Ma & Dr. Paula Winke

Topic of discussion: Self-assessment

Melody Ma and Dr. Paula Winke will co-present their co-authored article on self-assessment. Dr. Winke will also show the group a self-assessment tool she and her research team developed for the ACTFL oral proficiency test.

Practice Talk: “Predicting CEFR proficiency level using grammatical criterial features” by Susie Kim @ B243 Wells
Sep 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Join SLS student Susie Kim, who will be giving a practice talk for a corpus linguistics conference.
Friday, September 14, Wells B243 from 3-4pm
Title: Predicting CEFR proficiency level using grammatical criterial features
In a previous study using a Korean EFL corpus, I investigated the use of the grammatical criterial features that have been identified as characteristic of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels by Hawkins and Filipović (2012). Research on the use of such level-specific lexico-grammatical features has largely been descriptive. This study contributes to better understanding the relationship between learner language and CEFR proficiency levels by empirically examining how well the use of the set of grammatical features predict learners’ proficiency. The current analysis included 6,042 narrative and argumentative essays written by 3,021 learners. Each learner’s performance had been holistically evaluated on the CEFR scale, ranging from A2 to B2. With the data from the previous study where I examined the occurrences of ten A2-, fifteen B1-, and ten B2-level grammatical criterial features, I tabulated how many different types of the level-specific features each learner used and the average normalized frequencies of the occurrences. In short, the range and the frequencies of these level-specific features adopted by each learner were used to investigate how well these measures predict writing quality.
An ordinal logistic regression analysis was performed with six predictors: range and frequencies of the A2, B1, and B2 features. All six predictors were statistically significant in predicting the proficiency level, and the model showed a good discrimination among the proficiency groups (R2 = .31). The findings indicate that the frequency as well as the diversity in the use of the grammatical features serve as important predictors in determining the proficiency level. The results have implications for CEFR level descriptors and assessment using the CEFR scale. 
Sep
22
Sat
Travel the World in a Day! @ B135 Wells Hall
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel the World in a Day! @ B135 Wells Hall

Travel the world in a day! Our free event showcases different countries and cultures. We introduce the cultures and languages, play games, sing songs, and do arts and crafts. It is an opportunity to travel the world in an afternoon.

This event takes place Saturday, September 22nd from 2-4 pm in B-135 Wells Hall and are offered free of charge. Donations to support these events will be gladly accepted. Parking is available in the adjacent lots west of the building and in lots 79 (Spartan Stadium) and 39 (Engineering/International Center). Please note that lot 55 is reserved for vehicles with faculty and staff permits throughout the weekend.

To register, please contact us via email or phone (cls@celta.msu.edu, 517-355-7587) and provide the following information: name, age, emergency phone number, email, allergies. The culture events are open to children age 3 and above. Adults are welcome.

All programs are accessible for participants with special needs. CLS must be notified at least four weeks prior to a program start date in order to determine reasonable accommodations.

Sep
26
Wed
Gamifying the Language Curriculum: From Theory to Practice (Felix Kronenberg) @ B135 Wells Hall
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sep
28
Fri
Guest Lecture: Dr. Hayo Reinders, “Task-based Lang. Learning & BEYOND the Classroom” @ B243 Wells Hall
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Come and hear Dr. Reinders’s talk “Task-based Language Learning & Teaching BEYOND the Classroom.”
Abstract:
With their focus on genuine interaction and real-world outcomes, tasks lend themselves well to preparing learners for and supporting them in learning beyond the classroom (LBC). Yet this potential is often not realised. In this presentation I will first show how, at present, classroom practice, teacher education and learning materials do not include a focus on preparing learners for or supporting them in their learning beyond formal, highly structured and teacher-driven contexts. Next, I will consider the natural links between TBLT, learning beyond the classroom and the development of lifelong, lifewide and autonomous learning skills. I will consider how LBC can be conceptualised and propose a framework for evaluating tasks for their contribution to increased learner control over the learning process. Finally, I will briefly consider ways in which tasks can be adapted and new task types can be developed, drawing on the affordances of recent developments in education in general and educational technology in particular. I will do this by considering ways in which tasks can be designed and evaluated for 1) the extent to which the potential educational affordances of LBC are exploited in the learning design; 2) the extent to which the learning design corresponds to general pedagogical approaches underpinning LBC; 3) the extent to which the learning design corresponds to specific second language (L2) pedagogical approaches; 4) the extent to which the learning design correspond to second language acquisition (SLA) principles; and, 5) finally, the extent to which the learning design takes into account affective principles of LBC.
Dr Hayo Reinders (www.innovationinteaching.org) is Professor of Education at Unitec in New Zealand and TESOL Professor and Director of the doctoral programme at Anaheim University in the USA. Hayo’s interests are in autonomy, technology, teacher education and out-of-class learning. He edits a book series for Palgrave Macmillan and is editor of the journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.

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Oct
1
Mon
Exploring Language Identities in a Multilingual World (Peter De Costa & Koen Van Gorp) @ B135 Wells Hall
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
5
Fri
Testing & Tasting: Language Assessment Research and Reading Group @ Wells Hall B243
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Testing & Tasting (or the language assessment research and reading group) is a group for practitioners and researchers interested in language testing and assessment. Meetings provide a forum for both faculty and students to learn about advanced assessment topics and discuss language testing in a friendly setting- with snacks! The group usually meets once a month, with each meeting featuring presentations from SLS students, faculty members, or testers of the ELC testing office. Recommended readings (if there are any) will be sent to the whole group via email before each meeting. We have Dr. Paula Winke, Dr. Dan Reed, and Dr. Koen Van Gorp as regular faculty advisors, and occasionally we invite guest speakers to Skype in. 

Topic of discussion: Task-based language assessment

Presenter(s): Dr. Koen Van Gorp

Dr. Koen Van Gorp will give a presentation on task-based language assessment. Dr. Koen Van Gorp is the head of foreign language development in CELTA.

Oct
12
Fri
Workshop: “Teaching and Researching Multimodal Literacy in Multilingual Learning and Teaching Contexts” @ 303 International Center
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: 303 International Center

Come join Dr. Youngjoo Yi, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University, to learn about teaching and researching multimodal literacy in multilingual learning. Note the talk is in the building Urban Planning on Red Cedar Road.

ABSTRACT:

In this talk I’d like to address issues of multimodal literacy practices of language learners and their teachers, especially with respect to theoretical, empirical, methodological, and pedagogical aspects of researching and teaching multimodal literacy. I begin my talk by briefly giving an overview of several major theories that have guided multimodal literacy studies in applied linguistics (e.g., multimodality, social semiotics, and multiliteracies). Then, drawing upon empirical findings, I discuss possibilities and challenges of engaging in multimodal literacy practices in learning and teaching English as an additional language. Finally, I’d like to engage the audience with the multimodal analysis of multimodal texts in order to discuss data analysis of multimodal composing and texts. I end my talk by proposing some future directions for researching and teaching multimodal literacy in multilingual contexts.