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Welcome to the SLS Ph.D. Program at Michigan State University

Message from the Director

 

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 starn@msu.edu should you have further questions. 

  • Susan Gass, University Distinguished Professor
  • Director, Second Language Studies

 

Intro to SLS Program from Susan Gass on Vimeo.

News

Congratulations to Dr. Patti Spinner who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!
--June 26, 2015

On the SLS-Member Spotlight Page, we are now featuring Dr. Amanda Temples, assistant professor in the MAFLT Program and SLS affiliate. Read about her current work and interests here: sls.msu.edu/people
--June 24, 2015

Dr. Peter De Costa's edited volume, "Ethics in Applied Linguistics Research" is available for pre-ordering on the Taylor & Francis publishing group website. Congratulations, Peter!
--June 10, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Paula Winke and SLS alumnus Dr. Hyojung Lim, whose article, "ESL essay raters’ cognitive processes in applying the Jacobs et al. rubric: An eye-movement study" is in the current issue of Assessing Writing! See their AudioSlideShow here.
--June 4, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Peter De Costa, whose article, "Reenvisioning Language Anxiety in the Globalized Classroom Through a Social Imaginary Lens" is on early view in Language Learning!
--June 3, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Charlene Polio and SLS alumni Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Lavolette and Dr. Jimin Kahng, whose article, "The Accuracy of Computer-Assisted Feedback and Students’ Responses to It" is in the current issue of Language Learning and Technology!
--June 1, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Aline Godfroid, Dr. Shawn Loewen, Sehoon Jung, Ji-Hyun Park and Dr. Susan Gass on their new article in Studies in Second Language Acquisition entitled "Timed and untimed grammaticality judgments measure distinct types of knowledge." This article resulted from a collaboration with Dr. Rod Ellis (U of Auckland) who visited the SLS Program three years in a row. See the abstract here!
--May 22, 2015

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Upcoming Events

Dissertation Defense: Virginia David, "Impromptu timed-writing and process-based timed writing exams." Tues., July 28, 8-10 AM, B243 Wells Hall

EuroSLA 2015 Aix-en-Provence, France
Aug. 26-29, 2015

New SLS Student Orientation
Aug. 31, 11 AM, B243 Wells Hall. Lunch for faculty and all students to follow. SLS Potluck in the evening at Sue's. Directions & ride-sharing info given at orientation.

Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) conference, 2015, Leuven, Belgium
Sept. 15-18, 2015

ECOLT & Consortium on Useful Assessment, 2015
Washington, DC, Oct. 9-11, 2015 

Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2015
Georgia State University, Oct. 29-31, 2015

ACTFL 2015, San Diego, CA, Nov. 20-22, 2015

TESOL 2016, Baltimore, MD, April 5-8, 2016

AAAL 2016
Orlando, FL, April 9-12, 2016. Abstracts due Aug. 19