The students and faculty in the Second Language Studies Program can, and are encouraged to, work in robust laboratory environments that are directed by faculty and sponsored through external grants, the Second Language Studies Program, the Department of Linguistics and Languages, and the College of Arts and Letters. The two labs are dedicated to specific research lines that are specialties of the faculty who direct the labs.
Additionally, in Wells Hall, where the SLS Program is located, applied linguists and second language acquisition researchers can reserve Mac or PC labs, plus take advantage of the resources for data collection through CeLTA. Students can reserve classrooms and laboratories across campus for research purposes. Click below for more information on the labs.
The Eye-tracking Labs are two theoretically and methodologically connected labs that are in two different rooms: One on the 2nd floor of Wells Hall (the Eye-Link Lab), and one on the 4th (the Tobii Lab). Both spaces are dedicated to research that incorporates eye-tracking as a method to investigate attention and cognitive processes in SLA.
The Second Language Acquisition Lab is an environment in which students and faculty can research L2-acquisition processes, and factors that influence those processes. The lab is housed in a data-collection computer room on the 4th floor of Wells Hall. Students and researchers who are not collecting their data in the lab (for example, those collecting data in in-tact classrooms) may design their experiments and analyze their data on the computers in the Second Language Acquisition Lab, as the computers are equipped with statistical analysis software for both quantitative and qualitative research.
The Second Language Corpus Lab provides a space for collaborative work related to corpus linguistics. It hopes to share work related to a wide variety of research areas including but not limited to second language acquisition and use, second language writing, language varieties, and text analysis. At the same time, the lab serves as a resource for the Michigan State University community by offering corpus-related workshops with applications to teaching and research.