December 2017 Pedagogical Workshop

(Republished from the LCTL Partnership News site from early 2018) On December 7-8th, the Michigan State University team welcomed 27 participants from 11 institutions to the second pedagogical workshop hosted…

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New Language, New Life

At MSU Languages, we usually tell the language stories of Michigan State students. This time, though, we’d like to share the story of the person behind the campaign: Luca Giupponi.

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The Sentimental Value of Language and Watches

For those of us who are lucky, a task that’s born out of necessity sometimes turns into a passion. Mitchel Thompson started learning French in middle school because he knew it was required in order to get his dream job one day—working in the watchmaking industry. In the process, however, he fell in love with the language and it became an obsession of its own right.

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From High School German Class to a Video Game Studio

Jos Johnson has a pretty enviable job. While she points out that there is a lot more to her work than just playing video games, it’s a pretty important part of the job description– something which became possible thanks to her decision to study German as a second language.

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(Dis)connection: The Personal Side of Language Learning
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(Dis)connection: The Personal Side of Language Learning

One word continued to resurface as Hannah described her first personal encounters with a foreign language: disconnected. Though she’d taken Spanish classes in high school, she hadn’t learned much. Coming from a small town, she says, the skill just wasn’t valued highly, and the class was seen as a blow-off.

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