Welcome to the Ph.D. Program in Second Language Studies (SLS) at Michigan State University. The SLS Ph.D. Program is for researchers and teacher-researchers interested in second language acquisition (SLA), applied linguistics, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, second or foreign language testing and assessment, and other areas of SLA. Our program provides students with a firm foundation in a range of research techniques and approaches. Students also focus on ways to apply current SLA theories to foreign and second-language (L2) pedagogy. A cornerstone of our program is student-faculty interaction, whether in the classroom as students (where students further their knowledge and develop their skills in SLA and applied linguistics), or outside the classroom in joint research projects. Students graduate with an outstanding skill set that allows them to contribute to the ongoing scholarly debates in the field of SLA and applied linguistics. Simply put, graduates become leaders in the broader discipline of second language studies and in their future place of employment.
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Paula Winke, Shinhye Lee, Irene Jieun Ahn, Ina Choi, Yaqiong Cui, and Hyung-Jo Yoon received a Spaan Research Grant from Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) to conduct a validation study of the YLTE (Young Learners Test of English). Congratulations to the research team!
--Feb. 5, 2014
Congratulations to Jens Schmidtke, whose paper "Second language experience modulates word retrieval effort in bilinguals: Evidence from pupillometry" appears in the current issue of Frontiers in Psychology. See the abstract and download the paper here.
--Feb. 4, 2014
Prof. Rod Ellis (University of Auckland) is a visiting scholar in the SLS Program April 16-23 through the College of Arts and Letters' Famous Affiliates Program. This will be his third visit to MSU with this program. He will guest lecture, discuss research, and collaborate with faculty and students. Welcome back Prof. Ellis!
--Feb. 3, 2014
Dominik Wolff received a Language Learning Dissertation Grant. Dominik will use the grant to fund his dissertation research on the professionalization and skill-development of English-language teachers. Congratulations Dominik!
--Jan. 25, 2014
Congratulations to Paula Winke and Susan Gass, whose article "The influence of second language experience and accent familiarity on oral proficiency rating: A qualitative investigation" appears in the December issue of the journal TESOL Quarterly. See the video abstract here and the paper here.
--Dec. 13, 2013
March 22-25, 2014
March 24-29, 2014
April 23-27, 2014
June 2-6, 2014
Aug. 10-15, 2014