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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, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, and language assessment. Our program provides students with a firm foundation in a range of research techniques and approaches. 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, our graduates become leaders in the broader discipline of second language studies and become leaders locally, nationally, and globally.

We encourage you to contact us with your comments or questions by sending an email to our Graduate Program Secretary, Ms. Elizabeth Reid. Her email is reideli1@msu.edu.

Susan Gass, University Distinguished Professor
Director, Second Language Studies

Intro to SLS Program from Susan Gass on Vimeo.





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  • Practice Talks (Isbell & Johnston), Aug. 5, 12:30 PM, B243
    2016-08-05 12:30:00 2016-08-05 13:40:00 40 Practice Talks (Isbell & Johnston), Aug. 5, 12:30 PM, B243

    Title: Technology-Integrated Pronunciation Instruction for Learners of Korean
    Presenters: Dan Isbell & Kyujin Lee
    Date: Friday, August 5th
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: Wells Hall B243

    Title: Word Order and Grammatical Gender: How Processing Burden Affects Performance
    Presenter: Suzie Johnston
    Date: Friday, August 5th
    Time: 1:10 pm
    Location: Wells Hall B243

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  • Pronunciation Conference (PSLLT)
    2016-08-12 15:00:00 2016-08-12 15:00:00 40 Pronunciation Conference (PSLLT)

    http://psllt.org/index.php/psllt/2016

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  • SLS Student Orientation (11 AM for new students) & Lunch (at noon for all)
    2016-08-19 11:00:00 2016-08-19 13:00:00 40 SLS Student Orientation (11 AM for new students) & Lunch (at noon for all)

    New students should come to B243 Wells Hall for the New Student Orientation at 11 AM. At noon, all continuing students will arrive for the orientation lunch. At the lunch, we will arrange travel to and from the potluck at Sue's.

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  • SLS Potluck at Susan Gass's house
    2016-08-19 18:30:00 2016-08-19 21:00:00 40 SLS Potluck at Susan Gass's house

    The annual Potluck will be at Sue's house starting around 6:30 PM. New students need not bring anything to the Potluck. Rides to the potluck and back will be arranged at the lunch that same day. 

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  • SLRF Practice Talks I: Yoon, Miller & Crowther, Miller: 1-2:30, B243
    2016-09-09 13:00:00 2016-09-09 14:30:00 40 SLRF Practice Talks I: Yoon, Miller & Crowther, Miller: 1-2:30, B243

    SLRF PRACTICE TALKS: TWO DATES

     

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    1:00-2:30

    B243 Wells Hall

     

     

    1:00-1:30

    Hyung-Jo Yoon

    Investigating the use and development of interactional voice in Asian EFL writing: Automated analysis of a learner corpus

     

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    1:30-2:00

     

    Zachary Miller and Dustin Crowther

    Actionable intelligence: A dynamic approach to L2 development for U.S. service academy cadets"

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    2:00-2:30

    Zachary Miller

    Mixed emotions: The interplay of incidental instruction and affect in L2 acquisition

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  • SLRF Practice Talks II: Maloney, Johnston, He & Li: 1-2:30, B243
    2016-09-16 22:00:00 2016-09-16 22:00:00 40 SLRF Practice Talks II: Maloney, Johnston, He & Li: 1-2:30, B243

    SLRF PRACTICE TALKS: Round II

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    1:00-2:30

    B243 Wells Hall

     

    1:00-1:30

     

    Jeffrey Maloney

    Talking Tech: U.S. Foreign-Language Students Digital Literacy Practices and The Connection with Language Proficiency

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    1:30-2:00

    Suzanne Johnston

    Word Order, Context, and Grammatical Gender: How Processing Burden Affects Performance

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    2:00-2:30

    Xuehong He and Wenjing Li

    Teacher’s Motivational Strategies in an Ongoing Chinese as a Foreign Language Classroom

     

     

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  • SLRF 2016
    2016-09-22 14:45:00 2016-09-22 14:45:00 40 SLRF 2016

    September 22-25, 2016

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  • MwALT at Purdue University. Email Winke to ride in the van to MwALT.
    2016-10-01 16:15:00 2016-10-01 16:15:00 40 MwALT at Purdue University. Email Winke to ride in the van to MwALT. Purdue University, W. Layfayette, IN false YYYY/MM/DD