Welcome to Second Language Studies at MSU

Our program is for researchers and teacher-researchers interested in second language acquisition (SLA), applied linguistics,  bilingualism, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, educational linguistics, 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 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.

degree programs

PhD in SLS

MA in TESOL

Minor in TESOL

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Students

Alumni

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

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.

SoSLAP Journal

SoSLAP is an online peer-reviewed journal dedicated to scholarly content relating to the broad field of second language studies, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, TESOL, and other fields. Visit the journal to learn more.

featured News

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Language Technologies and Classroom Learning

Shawn Loewen became enamored with languages at age 13 when his parents hired a private tutor to teach him Spanish. Despite his passion for being multilingual, he knew he couldn’t make a living as a professional language learner. But he knew he could teach.

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Alumnus Reflects on His Time with SLS

MSU’s Second Language Studies (SLS) Program welcomed scholars from around the world to present their research at the 42nd annual Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) September 20-22. One of the four plenary speakers at the forum was Luke Plonsky, who received his Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from MSU in 2011 and who organized MSU’s previous SLRF in 2009.

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PH.D. STUDENT INTERNS AT THE MICHIGAN ENGLISH ASSESSMENT

Second Language Studies Ph.D. student Xiaowan Zhang expanded upon her research surrounding language test impacts as an intern at the Michigan English Assessment in Ann Arbor this past summer. 

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