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. Logan O'Neil. Her full contact information is on the contact page. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the SLS-Member Spotlight Page, we are now featuring Yeon Heo, a SLS Ph.D candidate who is currently finishing her dissertation. Read about her work and interests here: sls.msu.edu/people
--April 28, 2016
Ina Choi received a Language Learning Dissertation Grant. Ina is using the grant to fund her dissertation research on the processing of incidental and intentional L2 vocabulary learning. Congratulations, Ina!
--April. 27, 2016
Congrats to Ayman Mohamed who has an article in the Journal of Less Commonly Taught Languages "Task-based incidental vocabulary learning in L2 Arabic: The role of proficiency and task performance."
--April 21, 2016
Congrats to Jieun Irene Ahn who has an article in the Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics entitled "The Effects of Recasts and Working Memory on the Development of Implicit and Explicit Knowledge."
--April 18, 2016
Congratulations to two of our former MATESOL students, Laurel Waller and Kinsey Wethers, who have a new publication with Peter De Costa in the TESOL Journal entitled "A Critical Praxis: Narrowing the Gap Between Identity, Theory, and Practice."
--April 5, 2016
Congrats to Lorena Valmori and Peter De Costa, who have an article in System entitled "How do foreign language teachers maintain their proficiency? A grounded theory investigation." And Peter also has another paper in Applied Linguistics Review: "Ideologizing age in an era of superdiversity: A heritage language learner practice perspective." Way to go!
--March 6, 2016
Dissertation Defense: Kelly Wen-Hsin Chen, "Second language perception and production of English regular past tense: L1 influence in phonology and morphosyntax," Tues., May 3, 10AM-12PM, B443 Wells
Dissertation Defense: Lorena Valmori, "Anxiety in interaction-driven L2 learning," Tues., May 3, 1:30-3:30PM, B342 Wells
CALICO 2016, May 10-14, here at MSU!
LTRC 2016, June 20-24, Palermo, Sicily (Italy)
8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conf., Calgary, Aug. 12-13, 2016
MwALT 2016, Oct. 1, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Abstracts due June 13!
ACTFL 2017 Nov. 18-20, 2016, Boston.
AILA 2017 July 23-28, 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Abstracts due April 30!