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  • Activities to Promote the Teaching and Learning of Foreign Languages

    Location:

    A-712 Wells Hall at MSU

    MSUUnit/Partners: U.S. Department of Education; College of Arts and Letters at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) offers several programs that promote the teaching and learning of foreign languages to foreign language educators, such as professional development workshops and development materials. CLEAR, and nearly 20 other campus departments, sponsor a World Language Day for high school students, teachers, administrators, and parents to come to campus for a full-day conference on world language experiences, opportunities, cultures, and globalization. It is completely free to all participants.

  • African Language Classroom Instructional Guide

    Description:

    MSU’s Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) offers a tutorial guide written for teachers of African languages. The African Language Tutorial Guide acts as support material for native speakers of African languages who may or may not have a language teaching background, as well as for trained African language teachers. The guide offers three different groupings of lesson plans: basic language-learning lesson plans for beginners, task-based lessons, and cultural-based modules. The guide also has ideas for integrating structure into a communication-based classroom with sections on teaching vocabulary, integrating grammar, and understanding the sound system. There is also a video to be used as a training tool for new language teachers who may not be familiar with the language teaching activities found in the guide.

  • American Sign Language Online Instruction Courses

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Signing Online offers a series of four ASL (American Sign Language) courses that will give you the basic skills to become fluent in ASL. In ASL, the hands communicate by forming signs, which have meaning just like spoken words in English. ASL also means learning how to express yourself using your eyes, face and movements and body movements. The course also provides valuable information and insights for communicating with deaf and hearing impaired individuals.

  • Assessment in a Proficiency-Based Language Classroom (June 2017)

    Dates:

    Monday, June 26, 2017 - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Location:

    B-135 Wells Hall, 619 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    Are you teaching for proficiency but still giving discrete-point grammar tests? At a loss for determining if your students are meeting proficiency goals? Just interested in better ways to assess your students’ proficiency? If so, this is the workshop for you! In this three-day foray into ways of assessing proficiency, we will look at not only how to develop better formal tests, but also how to integrate oral instruments like can-do statements and oral proficiency interviews (OPIs). Further, we will discuss how testing fits in with the ACTFL standards and what levels of proficiency can be realistically attained in both standard high school and university programs. As participants, you are encouraged to bring assessments that you have used in the past as this will be a hands-on workshop on developing proficiency-based assessments. Continuing Education Units offered.

  • Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR)

    Location:

    B-135 Wells Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) in the College of Arts and Letters is one of 15 language resource centers in the United States. CLEAR's goal is to promote and support foreign language teaching and learning in the U.S. through second language research, materials development, and professional training workshops.

  • Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) Onsite Workshops

    Location:

    Host Institution

    Description:

    The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University offers onsite workshops for foreign language instructors. These onsite workshops bring members of CLEAR's professional development staff to K-13+ institutions across the country.

    Workshop topics include both methodology and technology-related areas. Onsite visits depend on the availability of CLEAR personnel. Contact us as far in advance as possible for the best chance of arranging an onsite workshop at your institution, as we have a very small cadre of available presenters

  • Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) Webinars

    Description:

    CLEAR at Michigan State University offers Webinars that are online workshops for language teachers. Unlike many webinars, the modules are interactive and focus on specific topics of interest to language teachers. Webinars are largely self-directed and self-paced, but a facilitator will be available to answer questions as participants need additional help.

    Unlike face-to-face workshops, the on-demand format of webinars accommodates your busy schedule. The webinars are designed to be modular, so you can complete a webinar in a single block of time (between one and six hours, with most of them being three hours). Get relevant, useful professional development when you need it.

  • Computer Modules for Assessing Socio-Cultural Competence

    Location:

    A-712 Wells Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) offers computer modules for those who are teaching or studying German or Russian and want a tool for assessing pragmatic knowledge in these languages. The modules present communicative functions such as asking for directions, asking permission, expressing preference, and giving compliments. They include photographs to help establish a context for the listening exchanges. Some possible uses for the modules include: part of a placement exam, a part of a comprehensive exit exam, a part of a course's instructional materials, or as a part of a pre-departure assessment tool for study abroad students. Contact CLEAR to receive your complimentary copy.

  • Confucius Institute Services for Educators and School Districts

    Location:

    Confucius Institute is located at 230 Erickson Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

     

    Description:

    The Confucius Institute at Michigan State University consults with and assists schools and other organizations to develop customized Chinese language and cultural learning programs. CI-MSU also helps schools and school districts recruit qualified Chinese teachers and provides instructional materials, on-going professional development, and on-site support.

  • Conversational English Language Classes for Adult Speakers of Other Languages (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    Registration: January 31, 2017.  March 14 - April 20, 2017.  Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

    Location:

    Wells Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The M.A. TESOL program in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at MSU offers a six-week conversational English course to adult residents of the greater Lansing area in the fall and spring semesters. Adults learning English as a second language at any level of proficiency may enroll; they do not need to be students or citizens of the United States. There is a $15 materials fee.

  • Doors to Opportunity Video

    Location:

    A-712 Wells Hall at MSU.

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) offers a video and discussion guide promoting the study of foreign languages. The video is designed in two parts. The first part is intended for use by middle and high school students; the second part is designed for kindergarten through 12th grade educators. A discussion guide accompanies the video and contains preview and postview activities to help educators in facilitating discussion.

  • Elementary Business Chinese CD-ROM

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) has developed a Business Chinese CD-ROM which is a computer-based, interactive courseware for elementary business language. The software uses multimedia elements (sound, photographs, and text) to engage students in a variety of activities with an emphasis on oral communication.

  • English Language Center

    Location:

    A-714 Wells Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's English Language Center, in the College of Arts and Letters, serves not only international MSU students who need to improve their English language skills but also individuals who are not seeking a degree at MSU but who want to improve their English skills.

  • Experience Chinese: Language and Culture Learning Resources and Programs

    Location:

    Available in Confucius Institute, Michigan State University

    Description:

    Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU)offers a wide range of online and face-to-face programs and activities for K-12 students and adults to learn Chinese and experience China. CI-MSU develops high quality Chinese language and cultural education programs and disseminates them world-wide through innovative uses of technologies.

  • Foreign Language Writing Resource Bibliography

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) offers a bibliography of resources for the teaching of foreign language writing on their website. The target audience for this bibliography is foreign language teachers who are interested in expanding pedagogical techniques for teaching foreign language writing and researchers wanting to find empirical research on specific topics.

  • French for Adults (Beginners/Advanced Beginners) (February - April 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesdays, February 14 - April 18, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm

    Location:

    Wells Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    Did you know that French is the only language, other than English, spoken on five continents? Advance your practical communication skills in French with our experienced language instructors, interact with other like-minded people in class, and learn about the nuances of how to navigate a different culture. Experience the joy of being back on campus through this enriching opportunity that will help you keep your brain fit and stay sharp intellectually. The small group sizes and supplemental online resources provide hands-on learning experiences for individuals with and without prior foreign language knowledge.

    Enrollment is limited. Classes will be canceled if fewer than 8 people register.

     

  • German for Adults (Advanced) (February - April 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesdays, February 14 - April 25, 2017 from 7-9 pm

    Location:

    Wells Hall, MSU, East Lansing, M

    Description:

    Advance your practical communication skills with our experienced language instructors, interact with other like-minded people in class, and learn about the nuances of how to navigate a different culture. Experience the joy of being back on campus through this enriching opportunity that will help you keep your brain fit and stay sharp intellectually. The small group sizes and supplemental online resources provide hands-on learning experiences for individuals with prior foreign language knowledge. This advanced course is designed for individuals looking for an enthusiastic way to enhance their German skill sets. It is sure to be fast paced, engaging, and collaborative.

    Enrollment is limited. Classes will be canceled if fewer than 8 people register. 

  • German for Adults (Beginners/Advanced Beginners) (February - April 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesdays, February 14 - April 25, 2017 from 7-9 pm

    Location:

    Wells Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    Advance your conversation skills with our experienced language instructors, interact with other like-minded people in class, and learn about the nuances of how to navigate a different culture. Experience the joy of being back on campus through this enriching opportunity that will help you keep your brain fit and stay sharp intellectually. Our small group sizes and supplemental online resources provide hands-on learning experiences for individuals with and without prior foreign language knowledge.  Class size is limited and classes will be cancelled if fewer than eight people enroll.

    Enrollment is limited. Classes will be canceled if fewer than 8 people register.

  • Increasing Proficiency Through World Language Core Practices (June 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Location:

    B-135 Wells Hall, 619 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    Looking to up your proficiency game? World Language Core Practices, recently published by ACTFL, are research-supported “teacher moves” that support language learners in gaining proficiency. The practices include using the target language, providing interpersonal communication tasks, employing functional goals and objectives, teaching grammar use in context, using authentic texts, and providing appropriate feedback. Participants in this full-day workshop will explore the reasoning behind World Language Core Practices, and the how-to of using them, and planning for nurturing more proficient world language students. Continuing Education Units offered.

  • Instructional Guides for Native Speakers/Teachers

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) has written instructional guides for use in small classes or tutorial settings for teachers who are native speakers of the language they are teaching. The guides are in Vietnamese, Hindi, Thai, African languages, French, German, and Spanish.

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