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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MSU Press and the African Books Collective Partnership

    Location:

    MSU Press: Suite 25, Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU Press and the African Books Collective have formed a partnership designed to raise the profile of African-published books and disseminate them more widely in North America. The African Books Collective is a non-profit, Oxford-based distribution outlet for more than 70 African publishers. Its mission is to strengthen indigenous African publishing through collective action and to increase the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture. January 1, 2003, MSU Press began to market and distribute a number of African-published books in North America.

  • Multicultural Children's Literature

    Location:

    Online listing; MSU Library

    Description:

    This resource provides educators with Web listings, books available at the MSU Library, and journal articles. The primary focus is on multicultural literature, which offers positive role models for all children.

  • Museum Studies Certificate Program

    Location:

    113 Kresge Art Center

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Art, the MSU Museum, and the Kresge Art Museum offer a specialization (or certification) in Museum Studies. The program is comprised of courses intended to prepare students for professional employment in historic preservation, systematic biology, collection curation, exhibition development, folk life studies, museum work, educational programming, park interpretation, and public policy planning.

  • Reaching 21st Century Learners Through Unit Design (June, August 2017)

    Dates:

    Two identical sections are offered:

    • Section 1: Friday, June 30, 2017
    • Section 2: Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Location:

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

    Description:

    How do you design units that are relevant and engaging for your students? Is it sometimes a challenge? In this workshop, participants will hear about a successful unit design model used in the language department at a Midwestern high school that decided to ditch their text. The presenter will walk you through the essential questions you need to ask before embarking on unit design, cover performance-based and formative assessments you can use to make sure the students are on track, and discuss authentic activities to keep students engaged. Effective tools including Interactive Notebooks and the TALK system (Talk, Accuracy, Listen, Keep it going) will be introduced. Finally, the presenter will offer suggestions on how to convince colleagues to come on board with creative unit design, and how to implement unit design techniques while still using a preordained text. Come ready to learn and share!  Continuing Education Units offered.

  • Red Cedar Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute (June - July 2017)

    Dates:

    June 26 - July 20, 2017.  Applications due by March 7, 2017.

    Location:

    East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU’s chapter of the Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) invites six outstanding teachers of writing, regardless of discipline, to apply to participate in its annual Invitational Institute. During the Summer Institute teachers demonstrate for one another promising approaches to writing instruction, focus on their own fiction and non-fiction writing skills, participate in writing groups, identify questions that they have related to the teaching and practice of writing, and engage in reading that expands their understanding of literacy pedagogies, policies and research. At the conclusion of their work in the SI, these teachers are identified as RCWP Fellows and NWP Teacher-Consultants (TCs) — a credential that is recognized in all fifty states and nine foreign countries.

  • Teaching Literature Through Discussion In the Middle Grades Online Course

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    MSU’s College of Education offers an Internet course (TE 891), part of the new online master's degree program for middle school English/language arts teachers who wish to include class discussion on literature in their teaching. The course addresses the nature and practice of discussion as an essential strategy in literature instruction in the classroom. This three-credit course can be applied toward professional certification, an advanced degree, or your own professional development. This course is available in the fall semester.

  • The Celebrity Lecture Series Online Archive

    Description:

    The Celebrity Lecture Series online archive spans a ten-year period and offers full recordings of the speeches of such authors, poets, and playwrights as Maya Angelou, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, and Kurt Vonnegut. Lectures are browsable by speaker and topic and searchable by keyword. These lectures are available for nonprofit, educational, or programmatic purposes.

  • The Michigan Writing Centers Project

    Location:

    300 Bessey Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Michigan Writing Centers Project (MWCP) hosts an annual Ideas Exchange at a different school each year where participants share experiences, research, and ideas relating to writing center work. Writing Center Consultants (WCCs) from colleges and universities across the State of Michigan share their best practices, conduct and circulate research into literacy learning and use, and contribute to the establishment of writing centers in interested secondary schools. MWCP also produces a newsletter and hosts an online database, a directory of writing centers and consultants.

  • The Writing Center

    Location:

    300 Bessey Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Writing Center, in the College of Arts and Letters, collaborates in on-going conversations about writing in a supportive atmosphere. The Writing Center offers K-12 Writing Consultancy that currently consists of two projects.

    Write For Your Life Housed in the MSU Writing Center, the Write For Your Life (WFYL) project offers teachers and students in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania an opportunity to share their writing and thinking as they examine local issues that influence student health, literacy, and learning. In project CONNECTS, the Center is developing a practice called consultative teaching that combines collaborative learning, peer tutoring, service-learning, student research, and jointly-conducted student-faculty research.

    Greenrock The Red Cedar Writing Project offers middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in a campus Writers’ Retreat where the students examine their own and their peers' writing.

  • Young Playwrights Festival (2014-2015)

    Dates:

    Script submissions must be received no later than Monday, December 9, 2014.

    Location:

    Wharton Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Young Playwrights Festival encourages high school students' interest in writing and drama. Winners of the festival competition have their plays produced and performed on stage by MSU theatre majors.

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