MSU Working Papers in Second Language Studies is an online, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to scholarly content relating to the broad field of second language studies, including second language acquisition, applied linguistics, TESOL, and other fields.  It is the goal of this journal to provide a medium for students in the SLS Ph.D. and M.A. TESOL programs at MSU to share their ongoing work to a broader audience and to provide feedback to these students on their work.  This journal accepts theoretical research, pedagogical research, book and web site reviews, and interviews.  Please see the section guidelines for information about submission.  In addition, you can register to be considered as a reviewer for future issues, as an author to submit your own work, or as a reader to receive information about future issues.

Co-Editors of the 2020 Issue:

If you have any questions about this year’s SLS Working Papers, please feel free to ask:

  • Elizabeth Ablan (ablaneli@msu.edu)
  • Dmitrii Pastushenkov (pastushe@msu.edu)
  • Kiyo Suga (sugakiyo@msu.edu)

We are looking forward to receiving your work,

Dmitrii, Kiyo, and Elizabeth

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Section Guidelines

Each of the four sections of the MSU Working Papers in SLS has different guidelines for submission.  For information about the guidelines of each section, please view the submission guidelines document.

Issues

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Table of Contents

Research Articles
  • Are YouTube and Netflix One-Way Stops to Learn a Language? Language Learners’ Beliefs on Videos, Curtis Green-Eneix
  • Corpus-based evidence of article omissions by Russian speaking English learners: A new pedagogical list, Dmitrii Pastushenkov, Caitlin Cornell
Interviews
  • Interview with Nick C. Ellis, Ryo Maie
  • Interviews with SLRF Mentors, Irina Zaykovskaya, Curtis Green-Eneix
  • Remembering Kimi Nakatsukasa, Irina Zaykovskaya, Curtis Green-Eneix

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Research Proposals
  • Online Chinese Reading Behavior with Pinyin and Zhuyin Transcriptions Introduction and Literature Review, Rachel Lin
  • The effects of Output-Based Focus on Form on Japanese EFL Learners’ Implicit Knowledge Development through a Text-Reconstruction Story-Retelling Task, Kiyotaka Suga
Research Articles
  • Processing Variability in Intentional and Incidental Word Learning: a Follow-up of Solovyeva and Dekeyser (2018), Bronson Hui
Book Reviews
  • Confucius’s Analects: An advanced reader of Chinese language and culture, Rachel Lin

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Research Articles
  • Perceiving Identity through Accent Lenses: A Case Study of a Chinese English Speaker’s Perceptions of Her Pronunciation and Perceived Social Identity, Karolina Achirri
  • The Implementation of ISLA in MALL Technology: An Investigation into the Potential Effectiveness of Duolingo, Dustin Crowther, Kathy MinHye Kim, Shawn Loewen
Literature Reviews
  • Teaching and Learning English through Songs: A Literature Review, Paola X Romero
Book Reviews
  • Textbook Review- Anders Gedacht: Text and context in the German-speaking world, Chad Bousley
Interviews
  • Interview with Martha Bigelow, Karolina Achirri
  • Interview with Andrea Révész, Jongbong Lee

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Research Articles
  • Common Topic, Similar Hope: Positioning of Chinese International Students Abroad, Jessica Fox
  • The Effects of Form-Focused Instruction on Implicit and Explicit Grammar Knowledge and Comprehension, Yeon Heo
Research Proposals
  • Stop Using That: Expressing Definiteness in Korean, Susie Kim, Hyung-Jo Yoon
Literature Reviews
  • The Perception-Production Link in L2 Phonology, Daniel Richard Isbell
Book Reviews
  • Book Review: Language and Learning in Multilingual Classrooms: A Practical Approach, Ina Choi
  • Textbook Review: Real Reading 1, Laura Eickhoff

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Research Articles
  • Investment and Translanguaging: A Case of Nepalese Immigrant Women in Michigan, Hima Rawal
Research Proposals
  • Students’ Motivational Characteristics and Their Perceptions and Reactions to Written Corrective Feedback, Laurel Waller
Literature Reviews
  • Integrating Language and Content Instruction in Immersion Classrooms: Literature Review, Lisa Domke
Interviews
  • Interview with Dr. Barcroft, Laurel Waller
  • Interview with Dr. Duff, Olga Khodakova
  • Interview with Dr. Ferris, Changchang Yao
  • Interview with Dr. Folse, Maggie Vosters
Book Reviews
  • Textbook Review: Grammar and Beyond, 3, Laura Eickhoff

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Research Articles
  • How do Foreign Language Teachers Maintain their Proficiency? A Grounded Theory Approach, Lorena Valmori
Research Proposals
  • Marked Theme in the Reading Comprehension of Advanced L2 English Learners, David Martínez-Prieto
  • Attention, Perception, and Production of the English Voiceless Interdental Fricative by Chinese Learners of English, Lianye Zhu
Literature Reviews
  • Attention, Awareness, and Noticing in SLA: A Methodological Review, Jieun Irene Ahn
Interviews
  • Interview with Kim McDonough, Hyung-Jo Yoon
  • Interview with Luke Plonsky, Talip Gonulal
Book Reviews
  • Review of LEAP: Learning English for Academic Purposes (Reading and Writing), Phuong Thi Lan Nguyen
  • Review of Reading Explorer 2, Denisse M. Hinojosa

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Research Articles
  • Student Attitudes Toward Accentedness of Native and Nonnative Speaking English Teachers, Laura Ballard
Research Proposals
  • The Effect of Task Repetition and Corrective Feedback in L2 Writing, Sehoon Jung
  • Effects of Rehearsal on ESL Learners’ Responses to Test Tasks, Betsy Lavolette
Interviews
  • Interview with Matthew Poehner,  Betsy Lavolette, Lorena Valmori
  • Interview with Norbert Schmitt, Ayman Mohamed
Book Reviews
  • Review of The ESL writer’s handbook, Laura Ballard
  • Review of Academic Encounters Level 4 Student’s Book Listening and Speaking with DVD: Human Behavior, Yangting Wang
  • Review of Arabic Second Language Acquisition of Morphosyntax, Ayman Mohamed

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Research Articles
  • Differences in English Compliment Responses between Native English Speakers and Chinese English Learners, Wen-Hsin Chen
  • Investigating incidental vocabulary learning in conversation classes: A qualitative and quantitative analysis, Ayman A Mohamed
Research Proposals
  • Multiple perspectives on the role of English literacy skills in the curriculum of young English as a foreign language (EFL) learners in a Taiwanese urban context, Magdaleen Corne Lotter
  • ESL Reading Test Development and Analysis, Hyojung Lim, Young-Shin Kwon
Interviews
  • Interview with Rod Ellis, Yeon Heo
  • Interview with Bill VanPatten, Le Anne Spino
  • Interview with Julie Sykes, Elizabeth H P Lavolette
Book Reviews
  • Talk Time student book 2 : Everyday English Conversation, Yunson Shin

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Research Proposals
  • “You cannot sit in the same time at the same chairs”: Preemptive test washback in Ukrainian EFL classrooms, Sally Jo Behrenwald
Interviews
  • Interview with Dr. DeKeyser, Jimin Kahng
  • Interviewing with Dr. Roy Lyster, Seongmee Ahn
  • An Interview with Jenefer Philp, Sheila Wheeler

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Research Proposals
  • A Corpus-Based Study of Adverbial Connectors in Learner Text, Mark Shea
  • Accounting for L2-English Learners’ Article Choices, Benjamin White
Interviews
  • Interview with Dr. Judith Kroll, Emma Trentman
  • Interview with Dr. John Norris, Emma Trentman
Book Reviews
  • Review of ChinesePod (2009). Ken Carroll. chinesepod.com, Ching-Ni Hsieh
  • Review of SpeechInAction (2005). Richard Cauldwell & Mike Beiby. speechinaction.com, Maren Schierloh