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The Second Language Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that has affiliated faculty members from a number of Colleges, Departments, and Centers from within Michigan State University.

The Michigan State University, SLS-affiliated faculty listed below teach classes that are offered as part of the SLS Ph.D. Program and can serve on SLS Ph.D. students' dissertation committees.

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Dr. Gabriela G. Alfaraz is Professor of Sociolinguistics in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.
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Dr. Alan Beretta is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the EEG Lab in Cognitive Science Program and in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.
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Dr. Ryan P. Bowles is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Bowles focuses on measurement and assessment of language and literacy skills in early childhood. He uses contemporary statistical methods for measurement (e.g., Item Response Theory, Rasch measurement) and longitudinal analysis (e.g., latent growth curve modeling, growth mixture modeling) to better understand how measurement and development inform each other.
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Dr. Laura Dilley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
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Dr. Dustin De Felice is Director of the English Language Center at Michigan State University and Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching Program. As an experienced educator coming up on his second decade on the job, Dustin has a passion for working with teachers, learners, and organizations in creating an environment of success. As a scholar, he has explored language teaching and learning through qualitative inquiries and he is particularly interested in technology as it relates to the development of materials and its use in traditional and virtual classrooms.
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Dr. Karthik Durvasula is Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. The central questions his research seeks to answer are related to the nature of phonological representations, especially phonological features, and the techniques linguists can use to probe them. Recent phonological research has greatly benefited from its emphasis on experimental work, and in his more recent work, he has adopted this strategy by employing a variety of experimental techniques to get at questions related to speakers’ knowledge of phonological representations and generalizations.
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Dr. Mutsuko Endo Hudson is Professor of Japanese and Linguistics and Director of Japanese Program. Her research focuses on pragmatics, discourse, and functional grammar, in particular analysis of spoken and written data in natural interaction from multiple perspectives such as speaker-hearer/utterance relations, information status, viewpoint, volition, emotivity, speech acts, and politeness. Her recent publications include Pragmatics of Japanese: Perspectives on grammar, interaction and culture (2018; co-editor); Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide (2013; co-author) and Workbook (2014; co-author); Japanese Language and Literature, vol. 46, no. 1, Current Issues in Japanese Language Education, Acquisition, and Linguistics (2012; editor). She is also adjunct professor in the Master's Program in Japanese Pedagogy at Columbia University.
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Dr. Yen-Hwei Lin is Professor of Linguistics specializing in phonology. Her research has focused on phonological representations and constraints with particular interests in feature theory, moraic and syllabic structures, the phonology-morphology interface, phonetically-based phonology, and Chinese phonology. She is the author of The Sounds of Chinese (Cambridge University Press), co-editor of Lingua Sinica and an associate editor of Language and Linguistics.
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Dr. Marcin Morzycki is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.
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Dr. Ok-Sook Park is Assistant Professor of Korean in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.
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Dr. Daniel J Reed is Testing Director in the English Language Center (ELC). He oversees test administration and leads test development and validation research in support of the ELC’s English exams for international students. He has played major roles in the development of tests for a dozen languages and has conducted research on language aptitude and on oral proficiency assessment. He and Dr. Susan Gass co-developed the ELC’s large-scale testing program in Greece.
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Dr. Amanda Lanier is Assistant Professor in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement and Director of the MA in Foreign Language Teaching. She has degrees in applied linguistics and theater and has been teaching language learners since 2002. She has conducted research on the acquisition of heritage and critical languages, focusing on sociocultural factors and literacy, as well as corpus-based analysis of identity construction in online learning. Currently her primary concerns are foreign language teacher cognition, the pedagogy of intercultural competence, and communities of practice in distance-based education.
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Dr. Koen Van Gorp is Head of Foreign Language Assessment in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). Koen joined MSU in January 2016. He is also a Research Fellow in the Research Group Language and Education, University of Leuven, Belgium. Until 2015, he worked at the University of Leuven as Director of the Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language and Associate Director of the Centre for Language and Education. Key interests include task-based language teaching and assessment, content-based language learning, curriculum development, teacher training, language awareness and multilingual education.
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Dr. Suzanne Evans Wagner is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. She is a variationist sociolinguist who is a core faculty member in the Linguistics program. She investigates the social mechanisms of language variation and change. Her primary interest is in individuals' post-adolescent modification of their variable linguistic repertoire. With Isabelle Buchstaller, she has co-edited a book on this topic, Panel Studies of Variation and Change (2017). She is also interested more broadly in age, ethnicity, gender and social class as factors in the transmission, incrementation and diffusion of language change..
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Dr. Felix Kronenberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and Director of Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). Until May 2018, he was an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of the Language Learning Center at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN (USA). His current research is about physical, virtual, and hybrid language learning spaces. Felix is currently the president of the International Association for Language Learning Technology and an advisory board member of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory. He has served as the president of the SouthWest Association for Language Learning Technology, has been a fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, has been a learning spaces and language center design consultant for various colleges and universities and a keynote and plenary speaker at local, state, regional, national and international conferences.