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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On the SLS-Member Spotlight Page, we are now featuring Virginia David! Read about her current work and interests here: sls.msu.edu/people
--Oct. 31, 2014
Congratulations to SLS alumus Dr. Jimin Kahng, whose article "Exploring Utterance and Cognitive Fluency of L1 and L2 English Speakers: Temporal Measures and Stimulated Recall" appears on early view in Language Learning (to be published in December). Congratulations, Jimin!
--Oct. 15, 2014
Drs. Aline Godfroid and Alex Housen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) received a 300K+ grant from the Research Foundation - Flanders to fund a four-year research project on the noticing and implicit L2-learning of German grammar over time. Congratulations, Aline and Alex!
--Sept. 11, 2014
Congratulations to SLS students Laura Ballard and Shinhye Lee whose joint proposal for two research studies (their QRP2s) on child-L2 assessment was awarded 5K in funding from Educational Testing Service.
--Aug. 21, 2014
SLS Workshop: What jobs are available? 1 PM, Oct. 31, B243 Wells.
SLS/MATESOL Workshop: CVs 1 PM, Nov. 7, B243 Wells.
San Antonio, TX
Nov. 21-23, 2014
March 18-20, 2015
Workshops March 16 & 17
March 21-25, 2015
March 26-29, 2015