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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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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