It is with deep sadness that we share with you that Dr. Richard Schmidt, Professor Emeritus in Second Language Studies, passed away last night, March 15, 2017. Rest in peace, Dr. Schmidt. We will all miss you very much.

We express our sincere condolences to his family.





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.

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.


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.


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

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.

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.

Dissertation Defense


PhD in Second Language Studies Dissertation Defense


Sangki Kim


Stabilization of Idiosyncratic Fixed Expressions in the Wild:
A Longitudinal Conversation Analytic Perspective


Chair: Gabriele Kasper

Wednesday 29 March, 14:00–16:00
Moore Hall, Room 155A

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Thursday “Brown Bag” Lecture Series

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

Time: Noon–1:15 p.m.

April 6
Tracing the material basis of Japanese in Oahu’s linguistic landscape

Presenters: Christina Higgins, Professor in Second Language Studies, UHM; & Maiko Ikeda, PhD Student in East Asian Languages and Literature – Japanese Section, UHM

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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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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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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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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Webinar by Dr. Betsy Gilliland

For TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section

The webinar took place on November 1, 2016, and its recording is now publicly available:

Title: Theorizing Your Practice: Action Research in L2 Writing
Facilitator: Dr. Betsy Gilliland, Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai‘i

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