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  • 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.

  • African Language Materials Archive (ALMA)

    Location:

    Online: http://alma.matrix.msu.edu/

    Description:

    The African Language Materials Archive, or ALMA, is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It further serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.

    The ALMA site, hosted by MATRIX, contains African language video recordings, documentary video, translation work, and bibliographies. African Immigrant Voices Project, one of several AMLA treasures available through the new website, captures the plight and the lives of African diaspora emigrés. This project features a dozen interviews in nine African languages.

  • African Studies Center

    Location:

    100 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

    Description:

    MSU's African Studies Center is a multi-disciplinary academic unit that develops and disseminates knowledge relevant to understanding the African continent. It provides language instruction in 30 African languages, in addition to research, teaching and services focused on African society, politics, economy, history, arts, languages, literature, health, education, and agriculture. A majority of the African studies faculty are engaged in development work in food and agriculture; health, disease, and medicine; education and training; communications; rural and urban development; and gender and human rights. These faculty projects are offered in partnership with more than 30 African universities and other agencies.

    Examples of these projects include:

    Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa;
    MSU Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards;
    MSU African Diaspora Research Program;
    Afrobarometer Project; and South Africa National Cultural Heritage Training and Technology Program.

    Outreach services offered by the Center include a Web curriculum for secondary teachers and students, internet resources, publications, events, conferences, seminars, technical assistance, and materials developed for educational use.

  • American Voices Online Collection

    Location:

    Please click on the Website below.

    Description:

    American Voices is an online collection of late 19th and 20th century recordings, images, and text that span the vista of American politics and culture. This collection is derived from the collections of libraries, archives, and other sources across the country. Galleries are browsable by person, topic, and year.

  • Asian Studies Center

    Location:

    301 International Center, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Asian Studies Center directs one of the largest, most diverse educational programs on all regions of Asia including East, South, and Southeast Asia. In recent years, the Center has transitioned as the curriculum, faculty research, exchange programs, and outreach activities have developed to embrace programs in diverse places such as India, Indonesia, Korea, and Nepal. Center activities and resourcse include:

    Curricular enrichment through symposia, conferences, concerts, exhibitions, and film series open to all;
    Instruction in Asian languages, including less commonly taught languages such as Nepali, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog;
    An Asian Library collection with more than 200,000 titles and access to other rich Asia collections; and
    Outreach programs assisting K-12 teachers, two-and four-year colleges, and Michigan's business and government communities with education curricula and materials.

    Other resources available through the Center include many publications such as the Asia Bulletin, a video collection, lecture series, web links, and access to Asian newspapers.

  • Business Packets for High School Classrooms

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) have developed business language materials for high school classrooms. These packets are the first in a series of packets on business-related topics for advanced learners of French, German, and Spanish. PDF's of the packets can be downloaded free of charge from CLEAR's website.

  • Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Location:

    304 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.

    Description:

    The Center for European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CERS) at Michigan State University aims to promote study and understanding of European, Eurasian, and Russian culture, society, and political issues. CERS has developed an exceptional program in European and Eurasian studies, combining formerly separate programs and faculties in Western European Studies and Russian, East European and post-Soviet Studies into an integrated pan-European and Eurasian Center, which emphasizes the need to explore linkages and study emerging challenges that transcend the cold war divisions of Europe and reach authoritatively into Post-Soviet Central Asia. The Center offers undergraduate specializations in Russian and East European Studies (REES) as well as Western European Studies (WES).

  • 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.

  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters offers a website with a variety of links to help one write correctly. The linked resources cover a range of topics, such as general writing, beginning a paper, conducting research, citing sources, grammar and mechanics, editing, avoiding plagiarism, as well as links to online writing labs and Webster's Dictionary online.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Folk Arts in Education - A Resource Handbook II

    Description:

    Folk Arts in Education: A Resource Handbook II examines the state of folklife and folk arts in education projects around the U.S. with sample curricula from over 50 exemplary programs for youth in educational settings in K-12 schools, youth-serving organizations arts and humanities councils, museums, and cultural heritage and folk arts nonprofit organizations.

    Folklife programs in schools and after-school programs bring young people in touch with their communities, their ethnic identities, the authentic cultural expressions of their own families and others through direct participation and ethnographic methods using photography, video, radio, audio recordings, exhibitions, festival, and residencies with tradition-bearers. A web resources section links educators to folk arts programs nationwide.

  • 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.

  • G. Robert Vincent Voice Library

    Location:

    100 Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of primary source sound material, found mainly in speech, performance, interview, and lecture format. The collection, stored primarily on reels of magnetic recording tape, contains the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. Items represent, in most cases, a migration from other recording formats, off-air broadcasts, or Voice Library original recordings. New items are mastered digitally and a retrospective digital re-mastering of existing analog recordings is underway. About 15,000 digital sound files have been created. Most items held in the public domain are available online in mp3 format.

  • H-AfrTeach- Online Forum for Teaching About Africa

    Description:

    H-AfrTeach is a discussion list that has as its mission to provide a stimulating forum for considering the possibilities and challenges in teaching about Africa. Resources include: Discussion Logs; Book Reviews; Course Syllabi; Links; Articles; Images; Lessons; and more.

  • H-Net

    Location:

    310 Auditorium Building at MSU (mailing address)

    Description:

    MSU's H-Net is hosted by MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, within the College of Arts and Letters. H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Its edited lists and Web sites publish peer reviewed articles, multimedia materials, and discussions for colleagues and the interested public. More than 65,000 professors and teachers use H-Net on a daily basis.

  • 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.

  • Language Learning and Education Resources

    Location:

    Online at: http://clear.msu.edu/clear/resources/

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) has developed dozens of products since its inception in 1996. Ranging from language-specific lesson plans and guides to general teacher training materials appropriate for instructors of any language, nearly all of our resources are free.

  • Language Learning and Technology Online Journal

    Description:

    MSU's Language Learning and Technology is a refereed online journal that seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators in the U.S. and around the world on issues related to technology and language education. It offers several Internet resources for language professionals including information on organizations, online journals, and CD-ROMs.

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