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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Susan Gass and Alison Mackey (Georgetown University) have been awarded the Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize from the Modern Language Association for their 2012 publication "The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition." Their prize will be awarded Jan. 11 at the Chicago MLA Convention. Congratulations Susan and Alison!
--Dec. 5, 2013
Congratulations to Patti Spinner, whose article "Language production and reception: A processablity theory study" appears in the December issue of the journal Language Learning. See the paper here!
--Nov. 26, 2013
Each month the SLS Program features a member of the program on the Spotlight page. This December the spotlight is on Betsy Lavolette!
--Nov. 18, 2013
Prof. Bill VanPatten and his colleague Jill Jegerski have published a new book, "Research methods in second language psycholinguistics." See info here at Routledge. Congratulations, Bill!
--Nov. 14, 2013
Congratulations to Profs Susan Gass, Aline Godfroid, Patti Spinner, SLS graduate student Jens Schmidtke, and SLS Alum Jennifer Behney for their chapter contributions to "Noticing and Second Language Acquisition," a book in honor of Richard Schmidt. View the TOC here!
--Nov. 8, 2013
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