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The October 2016 issue (Volume 28, Number 2) of the electronic journal Reading in a Foreign Language (RFL) is now online.

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PhD Student Wenyi Ling Awarded NSF Grant to Study Learners’ Processing and Use of Tones in Mandarin Chinese

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Congratulations to PhD student Wenyi Ling, who has received a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project “The Perception, Processing and Learning of Mandarin Tone by Second Language Speakers”! Additional details about Wenyi’s research grant can be found on the National Science Foundation website. ABSTRACT Mandarin Chinese is …

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Recent Graduate Student Publications

2018 Choe, A. T. (2018). ‘Can anyone help her?’: Managing student embarrassment in the adult ESL classroom. Hacettepe University Journal of Education, 33 (Special Issue), 16-35. DOI: 10.16986/HUJE.2018038794 Kim, H. & Grüter, T. (in press). Crosslinguistic activation of implicit causality biases in Korean learners of English. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Lin, Y.-H. (2018). Identity politics and popular culture …

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Remembering Professor Emeritus in Linguistics Dr. Roderick “Ricky” Jacobs

Professor Emeritus in Linguistics, Dr. Roderick “Ricky” Jacobs, passed away in his home in Decatur, Georgia, on June 22, 2018. He was 84. Dr. Jacobs served as Professor of Linguistics and ESL from 1973, and chaired the Department of ESL from 1994 to 2000. In 1999, he was appointed Interim Dean of the College of …

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2018 Conference Presentations by SLS Graduate Students and Faculty

Hawai’i TESOL Spring 2018 Conference, Hawai’i Tokai International College, Kapolei, HI; February 17, 2018 Carrie Bach, George Smith, Hoa Le, Huy Phung, & Nicole Ziegler What are good tasks? Designing TBLT materials for the classroom Graham Crookes Multilingual multicultural initiative Richard Day (plenary) Priscilla Faucette Our Evolving Jobs: English Language Program Administrators’ Round Table Discussion …

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PhD Students Anna Mendoza & Jayson Parba in the International Journal of Multilingualism

Congratulations to PhD students Anna Mendoza and Jayson Parba, who co-authored an article entitled, “Thwarted: relinquishing educator beliefs to understand translanguaging from learners’ point of view” in the International Journal of Multilingualism (https://doi.org/10.1080/14790718.2018.1441843).   Abstract This study took place in a 300-level Filipino class at Hawai’i’s state university. Originally, the researchers intended to study how …

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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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May 2: Dissertation Defense – Jayson E. Parba

Announcing PhD in Second Language Studies Dissertation Defense Jayson E. Parba Empowering the Filipino Language Classroom: Towards Critical Pedagogy and Curriculum Chair: Graham Crookes Wednesday, May 2, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Moore Hall, Room 155A   Abstract This dissertation research is situated in critical applied linguistics, critical language pedagogy, and heritage and second language (L2) education, within …

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April 20–21: Open Science Symposium

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March 9 Dissertation Defense – Jing Zhou

Announcing PhD in Second Language Studies Dissertation Defense Jing Zhou Component Skills of Reading among Learners of Chinese as a Second Language Chair: Richard R. Day Friday, March 9, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Moore Hall, Room 155A   Abstract The component-skill approach to reading comprehension) intended to understand reading as a complex but decomposable component -skill system …

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