COVID-19 Updates 8/5/2021

  • MSU and the SLS Program are working toward safe returns to campus.
  • To align with state and federal guidance, MSU has recently returned to some of its COVID-19 mandates in light of the spread of the Delta variant. All Spartans on campus must wear masks and be vaccinated against COVID-19: see MSU Together We Will for details.
  • The SLS Program will offer hybrid (remote and in person) attendance to SLS events to promote success, health, and wellness. If you have questions, please email the SLS Program Director, Dr. Paula Winke (

Welcome to Second Language Studies at MSU

Second Language Studies is an interdisciplinary Program within the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures in the College of Arts & Letters. The Program is for researchers and teacher-researchers interested in second language acquisition (SLA) and applied linguistics, and how they intersect with bilingualism, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, educational linguistics, pragmatics, and language assessment. If you have questions or want to join, contact us!  Paula Winke, SLS Program Director

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty




Visiting Scholars

Fulbright Scholar

Our faculty committee reviews select Visiting Scholar applications from the Fulbright Program. 

Faculty Invite

We invite visitors to work on specific projects with SLS faculty. These scholars come through arrangements with individual SLS faculty members, and are officially hosted by the member’s home unit (LiLaC, RCS, or the ELC).

International Visitors

Be a “Visiting International Professional”  through the Second Language Studies Specialized Global Professional Educational Program.

Visiting Scholars

Fullbright Scholar

Our faculty committee reviews select visiting scholar applications from the Fulbright program. 

Faculty Invite

We invite visitors to work on specific projects or to share their research. These scholars come through individual arrangements with faculty.

Unsolicited Applications

Faculty welcomes unsolicited applications through the SLS Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) Program

SLS Weekly Digest

The SLS Weekly Digest is an email regarding job postings, conference information, calls for papers and publications.

MSU's "Working Papers in SLS" Journal

“Working Papers in SLS” is an online, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the broad fields of second language studies, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, TESOL, and their related disciplines. Visit the journal to learn more.

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