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Second Language Studies

Most speakers worldwide speak more than one language. Second Language Studies investigates how people use, learn or lose another language, be it a second, third, heritage, or foreign language, or a pidgin or creole. Second Language Studies is the study of multilingualism in all of its diversity.

 

 

BA in SLS

The BA in Second Language Studies introduces students to a wide range of theoretical and practical perspectives, focusing on how second languages are learned, taught, and used in global and local societies, as well as on assessment and evaluation, intercultural communication, and professionalism in language-related workplaces. While the majority of SLS majors seek careers in teaching English or other second languages, many pursue opportunities in areas such as translation and interpretation, materials development, and bilingual education, or move on to graduate study.

Advanced Graduate Certificate in SLS

The AGC provides advanced training for language professionals and researchers who already hold graduate degrees in applied linguistics or related fields and for students who concurrently complete another graduate degree at the University of Hawai‘i. The AGC is now also available with a specialization in Spanish Applied Linguistics.

The Department of Second Language Studies

The Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is an internationally leading institution in its field. SLS faculty and students examine second language use and learning from educational, linguistic, psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives. Faculty expertise in a wide range of research approaches and practice domains offers students exceptional opportunities to pursue their career goals as language professionals and researchers worldwide.

MA in SLS

The MA in SLS program prepares students for careers as language professionals and for further study in PhD programs. It is the only MA program in SLS and related fields to offer five optional specializations:
• Critical Second Language Studies
• Language Assessment, Measurement, and Program Evaluation
• Language and Social Interaction
• Language Education
• Second Language Acquisition

PhD in SLS

The PhD in SLS program offers advanced training in Second Language Analysis, Second Language Learning, Second Language Use, Second Language Pedagogy, and Second Language Research Methodology. Graduates from the PhD in SLS program hold faculty positions at prestigious universities and are recognized as international leaders in applied linguistics and the study of multilingualism.

Thursday “Brown Bag” Lecture Series

Location: St. John, Room 011 [unless otherwise noted]

Time: Noon–1:15 p.m.


February 23
Abstract linguistic knowledge in only-, first- and second-language processing

Presenter: Anne Cutler, Western Sydney University


The SLS Thursday “Brown Bag” is a lecture series organized by the Department of Second Language Studies for enhancing students’ academic experience and professional future. Archived presentation descriptions can be found here: Spring 2017Fall 2016Spring 2016Fall 2015; Spring 2015; Fall 2014.

To propose a presentation topic, please contact SLS Associate Professor Dr. Grüter (theres@hawaii.edu; CC emilylee@hawaii.edu).

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Inviting Applications to the MA Program in Second Language Studies

The 36-credit MA in SLS offers the option of specializing in one or more areas: Critical Second Language Studies; Language Assessment, Measurement, and Program Evaluation; Language EducationLanguage and Social Interaction; and Second Language Acquisition.

Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (attendance at resident tuition rate) and Achievement Scholarships available for top applicants.

Fall 2017 admissions applications will be accepted through March 1, 2017.

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The Department of Second Language Studies Thanks the Bilinski Educational Foundation for Its Support

For the 7th year in a row, the Bilinski Educational Foundation will be supporting both the Department of Second Language Studies and the Department of Linguistics through the Bilinski Dissertation Fellowships, Pre-Dissertation Fellowships, and Pre-Dissertation Research Awards, awarding a combined total of $702,500 for Academic Year 2017–2018. The Bilinski Educational Foundation has provided tremendous support …

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Language Acquisition Reading Group (LARG)

The Language Acquisition Reading Group is a research group intended to foster and develop research in first or second language acquisition, as well as related issues such as first language attrition and aphasia. All theoretical approaches are welcome, though there is an emphasis on research in the linguistic/psycholinguistic tradition. The Reading Group provides graduate students …

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Call for Submissions: Fo Reel! Da Pidgin Film Festival

Deadline submission: February 17, 2017 Fo Reel! Da Pidgin Film Festival This film festival will be the first annual film festival showcasing existing films produced by University of Hawai‘i System students that are in and/or about Pidgin. The top 10 films will be shown April 20, 2017 (UH-Manoa Art Auditorium, 5:00–8:00 p.m.). Submission Criteria: Films must …

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SLS Thanks Dr. Thom Hudson for 27+ Years of Service

Article by Lucas Edmond, current MA student in SLS After 27 and a half years serving the Department of Second Language Studies, Dr. Thom Hudson retired this December. While his research interests have evolved over the years, he has primarily been interested in issues of language assessment, L2 reading, program development, and English for Specific …

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SLS BA Program Gains “Established” Status

On December 15, 2016, the Academic and Student Affairs subcommittee of the Board of Regents approved a change for the BA program in Second Language Studies from “provisional” to “established” program status. It may seem surprising that our BA program is only just now being granted “established” status; after all, we’ve had students earning BAs …

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Upcoming Conference Presentations by SLS Graduate Students and Faculty

International Conference on Language Teacher Education, UCLA; February 2–4, 2017 Priscila Leal & Graham Crookes Developing critical language teachers’ beliefs: Critical consciousness Elizitationsverfahren in der Mehrsprachigkeitsforschung (organized by and for doctoral students from all over Germany), Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany; March 8–10, 2017 J. D. Brown Data elicitation in mixed-methods research (plenary) American Association for Applied …

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