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Advisors Kenny Harsch & Priscilla Faucette receive Pakela Advising Award

Congratulations to Kenny Harsch & Priscilla Faucette on receiving the 2019 Pakela Advising Award, awarded by the Council of Academic Advisors (CAA)! The following is quoted from the CAA website:

Pakela Award

Priscilla Faucette & Kenton (Kenny) Harsch are the Associate Director and Director, respectively, of the English Language Institute (ELI) and academic advisors for the undergraduate program in Second Language Studies (SLS). In these roles, Kenny and Priscilla provide advising and support for a myriad of students, from SLS majors to international students to graduate assistants who teach in the ELI and the SLS undergraduate program. In addition, they nurtured growth of the BA program in SLS, working with the department to develop and teach practicum and capstone courses for SLS majors. The capstone course includes students’ development of an e-portfolio, which several have credited with helping them secure a job after graduation. Kenny also spearheaded efforts to create a 5-year BA/MA pathway for majors who were interested in pursuing a graduate degree and worked with Kapi’olani Community College to draft a memorandum of understanding to facilitate articulation from KCC’s SLT program to the SLS program at Manoa. He also developed a new course to provide those transfer students with additional support once them came to Manoa. Priscilla has focused much of her efforts on providing support and resources for the ELI students and graduate assistants she advises and supervises, from coordinating workshops to compiling online resources to organizing social events to help students network. She has also developed resources for ELI instructors and departments to help them better understand and work with the international students that she and Kenny advise. It is no surprise that since its creation in 2011, the BA program in SLS has quickly grown to become the third-largest major in the College of Languages, Linguistics, & Literature.

SLS Brown Bag 11/14: BAM Pathway Presentation

Students from the first two BAM Pathway Cohorts talked about their experiences, led by presenters Victoria Lee (third from left) and Magdalena Petko (fifth from left).

The SLS Brown Bag Lecture Series on November 14th, 2019 featured the Mānoa campus’ first ever “BAM” (Bachelor’s & Master’s) Pathway experience & feedback presentation hosted by current MA students Victoria Lee and Magdalena Petko. The lecture was formatted to explain the BA/MA pathway in the SLS Department, as well as allow for the current and former cohorts to share their perspectives in navigating the 10-11 semester program. Presentation materials included an informal survey of the first cohort on their experiences, as well as a survey of faculty members’ perspective in teaching classes with BAM Pathway students.

The “BAM” Pathway is a program that allows students to take certain classes in their fourth year to count both towards a BA and an MA, accelerating their graduate studies by up to a year and allowing students to graduate with both their BA & MA in five years.

Program Officer Wendy Pearson (Office of the Provost) praised the SLS Department and the BAM Pathway students for their pioneering efforts. Pearson mentioned this is the first direct feedback she has heard from a BAM Pathway program, and appreciated the advice both to students and faculty in their presentation.

[Current Students] Mandatory advising for Spring 2020: Ongoing

Current students continuing on to Spring 2020 must schedule a mandatory advising session with Priscilla or Kenny before registering for classes.

SLS Requirements (website)

Summer 2017 Course Offerings


(see further below for course descriptions)

Summer Session 1 (May 22 – June 30, 2017)

  • SLS 312  Techniques in Second Language Teaching: Reading and Writing (‘O’ focus)
  • SLS 430  Pidgin & Creole English in Hawai`i (‘H’ focus)
  • SLS 480P  Second Language Pedagogy: Content-based Second Language Teaching

Summer Session 2 (July 3 – August 12, 2017)

  • SLS 480P  Second Language Pedagogy: Sociolinguistic Approach to Grammar Pedagogy


Important notes:

  • All of the above SLS courses fulfill requirements for an SLS major
  • See MyUH for more information about the days and class times.


Course Descriptions:

Summer Session 1 (May 23 – July 1, 2016)

  • SLS 312: Techniques in Second Language Teaching: Reading and Writing
    MTWRF 3:00-4:15 pm
    Instructor: Eunseok Ro
    Fulfills General Education “O” focus

This course provides an overview of the theoretical and practical issues involved in the teaching of second language reading and writing. Theoretical and empirical perspectives are integrated with practical experiences, such as developing lesson plans and “practice teaching” them to your classmates. It is also an “O” focus course (oral communication), so preparation for and feedback on student presentation skills are important parts of the course.

  • SLS 430: Pidgin & Creole Englishes in Hawai`i
    MTWRF 10:30-11:45 am
    Instructor: Kent Sakoda
    Fulfills two General Education requirements: “DS” core and “HAP” focus

This course provides a general understanding of the socio-historical background and linguistic structure of both Hawaii Pidgin English (HPE) and Hawaii Creole English (HCE). It also addresses the question of language attitudes, language education and literary heritage. Present day attitudes in the school system and community toward HCE receive particular attention.

  • SLS 480P: Second Language Pedagogy: Content-based Second Language Teaching
    MTWRF 9:00-10:15 am
    Instructor: Priscila Leal

Want to learn how to increase your language students’ interest and motivation? Want to learn how to promote cooperative learning, negotiation of meaning, integrated skills, and higher order thinking in your language classroom? Join the Content-Based Language Teaching (CBLT) Course in Summer Session 1! In CBLT, language teachers use the second/foreign/heritage language as the vehicle to teaching authentic content thus making language learning more interesting and motivating.

Summer Session 2 (July 5 – August 12, 2016)

  • SLS 480P: Second Language Pedagogy: Sociolinguistic Approach to Grammar Pedagogy
    MTWRF 10:30-11:45 am
    Instructor: Anna Mendoza

This course is designed for language teachers as well as content-area teachers who wish to support their students in understanding the relation between grammatical form, content, and purpose. Based on Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) theory, a sociolinguistic approach to grammar pedagogy argues that grammar forms taught will never become the exact forms used, as these will interact with context-specific conditions. In this course, participants will learn how to help students negotiate rather than reproduce grammar, expand the range of forms they can produce, and prepare for literacy tasks across school subjects and the demand for flexible communication in the workplace.


BA Program in SLS Gains “Established” Status

On December 15, 2017, 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 in SLS since 1969. However, for over 40 years our major was part of the Interdisciplinary Studies program. In January of 2011 our proposal to move the major into our own department was approved by the Board of Regents. All “new” programs start out with “provisional” status for the first five years, and then submit proposals to change to “established” status.

SLS would like to give very special thanks to Bonnie Sylwester, a PhD student in SLS who was largely responsible for record-keeping, data crunching, leading a series of program evaluation and assessment projects, and doing the bulk of the writing of our proposal for established status.

SLS undergraduate Raquel (Rocky) Reinagel receives $1,500 undergraduate research award


Raquel (Rocky) Reinagel is the first SLS major to receive a research award from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP, for her project “Study Abroad Students’ View of their L1 Community.” Rocky will conduct this project in the Spring 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Theres Grüter, and present her findings at the Undergraduate Showcase in May 2016 (

Congratulations, Rocky!

SLS Department Orientation

SLS Orientation

August 17, 2017 (Thursday)
2:00-4:00 pm (plus social time after 4:00 pm)

Part 1:  Center for Korean Studies Auditorium (across Maile Way from Moore Hall) (for new BA, MA, AGC and PhD students)
Part 2:  Ag Sci 204 (BA and exchange students only) (if you arrive after 2:45, go to this location)
Part 3:  from 4:00 pm in the Moore Hall Courtyard (outside by the rock wall on the East-West Road side of Moore) (reception with snacks and drinks). Continuing SLS majors are welcome to attend the reception!  (Note: if it rains, we’ll have the reception in a classroom)


The first part of the orientation is for BA, MA, AGC and PhD students (mostly for new students, but continuing students are welcome). After the initial all-department orientation, the BA program orientation will continue in another room (TBA), followed by a “cooler” (reception party) from 4:00-5:00.

Introductory SLS Courses (for freshmen, sophomores, or anyone else who might be interested)

SLS 150: Learning Languages and Communicating in a Globalized World  (usually offered in Fall semesters)

Lecture/discussion on strategies for enhancing second language learning in the context of a pluricultural-multilingual globalized world; addresses personal identity as influenced by languages; studies language-related employment, international mobility, and intercultural communication.

Fulfills one of the DS requirements for the General Education Core (but note that you cannot use two SLS courses to fulfill both DS requirements).


SLS 280: Bilingualism: Cognition & Culture (usually offered in Spring semesters)

In the U.S., knowing and speaking only one language is often considered the norm, while people and societies who regularly use two are more languages are seen as special or exotic. Yet if we look at how language is used worldwide, including here in Hawai’i, bi- and multilingualism are just as common as monolingualism. This course will introduce you to bi-/multilingualism both as a phenomenon at the level of society and as a characteristic of individual speakers. We will look at popular beliefs and recent media reports about bilingualism, and use these as stepping stones for a closer examination of the research (and sometimes the absence thereof) that underlies them.

Fulfills one of the DS requirements for the General Education Core (but note that you cannot use two SLS courses to fulfill both DS requirements).


SLS Major Promotes Seal of Biliteracy to DOE principals


Reynold Kajiwara, a senior in the Department of Second Language Studies (SLS), was recently invited to speak as a panelist at the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE) Principals meeting. As a graduate of the public school system and now double-major in SLS and Japanese, Reynold shared his perspective on a new policy that will establish a Seal of Biliteracy in DOE schools. Together with his co-panelists, Elisapeta Tuʻupo-Alaimaleata, executive director of Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center, and a representative of the Hawai‘i Language Roadmap, Reynold illustrated how the Seal of Biliteracy, awarded upon high school graduation for demonstrated proficiency in two languages, can motivate students to maintain and develop bilingualism. Our picture shows Reynold (middle) with Board of Education member Patricia Halagao and DOE Deputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz.