News from the Department: Archive of Past Events

(For current or upcoming events, click here.)

May - June, 2009: Jump start your understanding of a new language by experiencing a 5 day intensive class taught with new, brain-friendly language acquisition methods, TPR [Total Physical Response] and TPRS [Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling]. Developed by psychologist Dr. James J. Asher, and Spanish teacher Blaine Ray, these methods are currently being used at MTSU's Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition [CALA] which will be held in Franklin in May and at the University School of Nashville the last two weeks of June. Enjoy yourself while learning the language of your choice.

See what last year's participants have to say at http://www.acceleratedacquisition.com/testimonials.html.

To register, please visit http://www.acceleratedacquisition.com/details_summerprogram09.html.

June, 2008: Jump start your understanding of a new language by experiencing a 5 day intensive class taught with new, brain-friendly language acquisition methods, TPR [Total Physical Response] and TPRS [Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling]. Developed by psychologist Dr. James J. Asher, and Spanish teacher Blaine Ray, these methods are currently being used at MTSU's Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition [CALA] which will be held at the University School of Nashville the last two weeks of June. Enjoy yourself while learning the language of your choice.

January 31 - February 1, 2008: 2-day Berty Segal workshop on ESL/Foreign Languages. For more information, check out the webpage at http://www.forlang.mtsu.edu/thomas/workshop/esl.html or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

June 18 - 29, 2007: Learn Spanish or Chinese at the Fifth Annual MTSU Summer Language Institute at University School of Nashville, June 2007. Workshop is intended for nine-year old children to adults, using TPR / TPRS, a highly effective language acquisition method. For more information, click here.

February 8 - 9, 2007: 2-day Berty Segal workshop on ESL/Foreign Languages. For more information, check out the webpage at http://www.forlang.mtsu.edu/thomas/workshop/esl.html or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

June 19-23, 2006: Summer Language Institute (Regular session). For more information, check out the webpage at http://www.forlang.mtsu.edu/sli or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

May 8-12, 2006: Summer Language Institute Special Session in Spanish. This session will be taught by Blaine Ray, author of "Fluency through TPRStorytelling" and originator of the TPRS methodology for accelerated language acquisition. For more information, check out the webpage at http://www.forlang.mtsu.edu/sli or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

Feb. 9-11, 2006: 3 Day workshop on "How to Develop a successful ESL/FL Program" This workshop will feature speakers Berty Segal from California (day 1,2) and Beth Skelton from Colorado (day 3). Participants will see how to approach complete beginners with TPR as well as how to use content teaching with more advanced students using TPRS. For more information, check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/ or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

June 20-24, 2005: Summer Language Institute Regular session in Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Mandarin. This is a 5 day intensive language training course that lasts 5 hours a day using the TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) method. Five languages will be offered in June, 2005. Spanish will be taught by Michael Thompson and Viviana Niehoff, French will be taught by Sarah Moran and Donna Tatum, German will be taught by Beth Skelton and Rob Williams, Mandarin will be taught by Dr. Yuehua Zang and her associate, and Russian will be taught by Katya Paukova. For more information, check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/ or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

May 14, 2005: Swedish Demonstration Lesson - Experience the Student Perspective. This workshop is being sponsored by the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Dean of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Foreign Languages. It is free and open to the public. For more information, check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/tprs_workshop.htm or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

May 9-13, 2005: Summer Language Institute Special Session in Spanish.This session will be taught by Blaine Ray, author and originator of the TPRS methodology for accelerated language acquisition. For more information, check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/ or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

Feb. 5, 2005: 1 Day Susan Gross workshop for ESL/FL teachers on TPRS. For more information, check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/ or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

Feb. 3-4, 2005: 2 Day Berty Segal workshop for language teachers and administrators on "How to Develop a Successful ESL/FL program". For more information, check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/ or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

June 14 -18, 2004: This is a 5 day intensive language training course that lasts 5 hours a day using the TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) method. Three languages will be offered in 2004. Spanish will be taught by Blaine and Von Ray, French will be taught by Sarah Moran and Donna Tatum, German will be taught by Beth Skelton. For more information, check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/summer_language_institute.htm or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

April 24, 2004: One-day Workshop on TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) given by Blaine Ray. For more information, please check out the webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/tprs_workshop.htm or contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu.

February 11, 12 (2004) : Workshop on Developing a Successful ESL/FL program. For more information, please contact Dr. Shelley Thomas's ( shthomas@mtsu.edu) webpage at http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11295/ESLworkshop.htm.

April 5, 2003: One-day Workshop on TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) given by Blaine Ray. On-line registration for this workshop will not be available until after February 24th. Seating is limited and priority will be given to Local K-university teachers, but others are welcomed as space permits. For more information, please contact Dr. Shelley Thomas at shthomas@mtsu.edu .

March 26, 2003: Eleventh Annual Women International Poetry Reading on March 26th at 4:00 p.m. at the Alumni Center. The theme this year will be Embracing Peace and our guest speaker will be Janet Higgins from the Art Department. Dr. Nogueira and Viviane Niehoff are the coordinators of this event. If you need any more infomation, please contact Dr. Nogueira at snogueir@mtsu.edu or (615) 898-5024.

Feburary 20-22, 2003: Workshop on developing a successful ESL/FL program. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Middle Tennessee State University is sponsoring an in-service training to FL and ESL teachers and administrators K-university. Please visit this page for detailed information.

April 16 and 17, 2002: The Pre-Departure Study Abroad Orientation for all MTSU students traveling abroad is scheduled for April 16 (Tuesday) from 12:00 - 2:00 and April 17 (Wednesday) from 1:30 - 3:30. Both sessions will be held in KUC 322. Students only need to attend one session (you may also attend if you wish). The sessions are mandatory for students (for insurance reasons) - and any student not attending must contact Dr. Richard Pace for a make-up session.

At the orientation we will collect the study abroad forms (registration, medical history, medical surrogacy, proof of insurance, waiver of liability, and program contract). These forms must be completed in full or the student will not be allowed to travel as part of a MTSU program (again for insurance and liability reasons).

For forms and more information about the orientation, please contact Dr. Richard Pace at rpace@mtsu.edu.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002: Women's Poetry Reading will be in from 3:30-6:00 JUB Dining Room C (3rd Floor). For more information, please contact Dr. Soraya Nogueira at snogueir@mtsu.edu.

Saturday, March 2, 2002: One day workshop on Total Physical Response and Total Physical Response Storytelling: techniques for foreign language acquisition. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Middle Tennessee State University is sponsoring an in-service training to FL and ESL teachers K- university. It is free and open to the public. => More details