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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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  • Workshop: Going on the Job Market (B243 Wells), 11:30-12:30
    2016-09-09 11:30:00 2016-09-09 12:30:00 40 Workshop: Going on the Job Market (B243 Wells), 11:30-12:30

    Learn tips about what to do when you are going on the job market. Susan Gass and Paula Winke will discuss when to start looking, where to look for jobs, how to request letters of recommendation, and best practices in crafting cover letters and statements of purpose.

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  • SLRF PRACTICE TALKS: Round 1, Yoon; Miller & Crowther; Miller: 1-2:30 PM, B24...
    2016-09-09 13:00:00 2016-09-09 14:30:00 40 SLRF PRACTICE TALKS: Round 1, Yoon; Miller & Crowther; Miller: 1-2:30 PM, B243

    SLRF PRACTICE TALKS: Round 1

     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

    1:30-2:00

    Zachary Miller and Dustin Crowther

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

    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: Round 2: Maloney; Johnston; He & Li; Zhang: 1-3 PM, B243
    2016-09-16 13:00:00 2016-09-16 15:00:00 40 SLRF PRACTICE TALKS: Round 2: Maloney; Johnston; He & Li; Zhang: 1-3 PM, B243

    SLRF PRACTICE TALKS: Round 2

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    1:00-3:00

    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

    1:30-2:00

    Suzanne Johnston

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

    2:00-2:30

    Xuehong He and Wenjing Li

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

    2:30-3:00

    Xiaowan Zhang

    The Role of Released Test Specifications in Test Preparation

     

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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
  • Workshop: What jobs are available? 1:00 PM, B243
    2016-10-14 13:00:00 2016-10-14 14:00:00 40 Workshop: What jobs are available? 1:00 PM, B243

    Join Bill VanPatten, as he discusses what jobs are out there and gives tips on applying. 

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  • Workshop: Creating and maintaining your CV, 1:00 PM, B243
    2016-10-28 17:30:00 2016-10-28 17:30:00 40 Workshop: Creating and maintaining your CV, 1:00 PM, B243

    Join Debra Hardison and Patti Spinner as they introduce tips and strategies for creating and maintaining your CV. 

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  • ACTFL 2016
    2016-11-18 09:00:00 2016-11-18 15:00:00 40 ACTFL 2016

    https://www.actfl.org/convention-expo

    November 18-20, 2016
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
    (Pre-Convention Workshops – November 17, 2016)

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