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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,, 427 N. Shaw Lane, 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 an average of 12 African languages per year; disseminates information to the public that is clear and contextualized around the social, political, and economic dynamics of the African continent; works with local community organizations that have an African focus; and creates new knowledge through its support of research, print publications, and digital media presentations. Its consistent priority is to bring into being the next generation of African experts, be they academicians, policy makers, or applied practitioners, on the continent of Africa itself.

  • 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.

  • 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, 619 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) in the College of Arts and Letters is one of 16 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 Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) Language School

    Location:

    619 Red Cedar Road, B135 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) is the internal support unit for language learning and teaching at Michigan State University. In collaboration with the language departments within the College of Arts and Letters, the CeLTA Language School (CLS) programming has expanded over the years to include a variety of programs for K-12 students as well as professional development opportunities for K-16 teachers and language classes for adults. All programs are organized and conducted by MSU faculty members, graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and community members

  • Chinese Immersion Forum (August 2018)

    Dates:

    Monday, August 13, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Henry Center, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing, MI  48910

    Description:

    The aim of the Chinese Immersion Forum is to bring together educators at school, district, state, and national levels; teacher developers; policy makers; community members; and researchers to hear about and share strategies and successes, seek advice in addressing challenges, and network with and learn from each other.  

    The theme is: An Educator's Forum: Chinese Dual Language and Immersion Education in Michigan

  • 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.

  • 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:

    Confucius Institute, Michigan State University, 620 Farm Lane, Room 253, East Lansing, MI 48824

    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 Diction for Choral Conductors (July 2018)

    Dates:

    July 7 - 8, 2018.  9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    Location:

    219 Music Practice Building, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    In this interactive workshop, choral directors will utilize standard works from the choral repertoire to review the pronunciation of Italian, German, and French using the International Phonetic Alphabet and will learn effective strategies for teaching foreign language diction in the choral setting. Can be taken for credit: MUS 891; Sec 306 [1 credit]

  • French Language Instruction for Adults (September - November 2018)

    Dates:

    • French for Beginners/Advanced Beginners: Tuesdays, September 18 - November 13  from 6:30-8:30 pm
    • French for Advanced: Tuesdays, September 18 - November 13  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.

    Sessions for Beginners/Advanced Beginners and Advanced are offered. All classes meet in Wells Hall on campus. There will be no class meetings during MSU's Spring Break (March 5-9). Classes will be canceled if fewer than 8 people register.

     

  • German Language Instruction for Adults (September - November 2018)

    Dates:

    Mondays, September 17 - November 12 from 7:00-9:00 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.  Sessions for Beginners/Advanced Beginners and Advanced are offered.

     

  • Italian for Adults (Beginners/Advanced Beginners) (September - November 2018)

    Dates:

    Tuesdays, September 18 - November 13  from 7:00-9:00 pm

    Location:

    Wells Hall, MSU, East Lansing MI  48824

    Description:

    Spoken by over 60 million people worldwide, Italian is commonly regarded as a ‘musical language.'  Advance your conversation skills in Italian 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.

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

     

  • Language Instruction Test Development Video and Workbook

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) has developed a Test Development Video and Workbook designed to assist language educators who are developing their own tests.

  • Language Learning and Education 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

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Language Learning & Technology (LLT) is a fully-refereed, open journal which has been published exclusively online since July 1997. Published triannually (February, June, and October), the journal seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language educators on issues related to technology and language education. The focus of LLT is not technology per se, but rather issues related to language learning and language teaching, and how they are affected or enhanced by the use of digital technologies. LLT has an editorial board of scholars in the fields of second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning.

  • On-Site Technology Workshops for Foreign Language Instructors

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) offers on-site technology training workshops for foreign language instructors in the U.S. The workshops are held at the participants' home institutions and are tailored to fit the participants' individual needs.

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