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.
We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have further questions.
On the SLS-Member Spotlight Page, we are now featuring Le Anne Spino! Read about her current work and interests here: sls.msu.edu/people
--Jan. 21, 2015
Congratulations to Dustin Crowther and his co-authors, who have two publications out now: one in TESOL Quarterly, "Second Language Comprehensibility Revisited: Investigating the Effects of Learner Background" and another, "Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self- and other-perception of second language speech," in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Bravo, Dustin!
--Jan. 12, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Charlene Polio, who edited the 2014 volume of the "Annual Review of Applied Linguistics." See her introduction here. The volume includes a review of SLA SEM research by Dr. Paula Winke. Well done, Charlene and Paula!
--Jan. 8, 2015
Laura Ballard and Shinhye Lee have been awarded International Language Testing Association funding to present at the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) in Toronto. Laura Ballard also won an Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grant to present at TESOL in Toronto. Congratulations, Laura and Shinhye!
--Jan. 5, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Charlene Polio, who guest-edited the current (Vol. 26, Dec. 2014) special issue of the "Journal of Second Language Writing." Along with editing, she and SLS alum Dr. Mark Shea have an article in the issue: "An investigation into current measures of linguistic accuracy in second language writing." Well done, Charlene and Mark!
--Dec. 12, 2014
CeLTA Professional Development Workshop: Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative: Proficiency Guidelines and Articulation
Fri., Jan 30, 12 noon, B135 Wells. See CeLTA's spring workshop schedule here.
Classroom/Pedagogical Talk: Mostafa Papi. Title: Task design and motivation.
Wed., Feb. 4, noon - 1PM, B243 Wells.
Classroom/Pedagogical Talk: Dominik Wolff. Title: The teacher-identity development of native and non-native speaking ESL teachers.
Thurs., Feb. 12, noon - 1PM, A304 Wells.
AAAL/LTRC Practice Talks: Jens Schmidtke; Mostafa Papi & Laurel Waller; Laura Ballard & Shinhye Lee. Talk titles here.
Fri., March 6, 1 - 2 PM, B342 Wells.
March 18-20, 2015
Workshops March 16 & 17
March 21-25, 2015
March 26-29, 2015
Midwest Cognitive Science Conference 2015
Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI
May 10-11, 2015
Abstracts due March 15.