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Specialization in Language and Social Interaction (LSI)

The specialization in Language and Social Interaction (LSI) prepares students for such professional careers as language educators and language consultants in different institutional settings, as well as for advanced academic study in SLS, applied linguistics, and related social sciences. The specialization takes the view that social life is fundamentally an interactional and discursive accomplishment. It examines how situated interaction interrelates with language use and how (language) learning, language variation and change emerge through interaction. A prominent line of inquiry is the interactional organization of educational settings and other institutions and its connections with macrostructural levels of social organization.

The specialization intends to foster knowledge about and research capabilities in a range of domains, topics, and research approaches, including:

  1. language use in multilingual societies;
  2. language variation and change;
  3. pidgins, creoles, and non-standard varieties;
  4. English as an international language;
  5. hybrid discourses;
  6. codeswitching;
  7. language ideology;
  8. language and social identity, sociolinguistics and social theory;
  9. language socialization;
  10. discourse analysis, conversation analysis, and, pragmatics.

Courses: In addition to the four (4) core courses, MA students specializing in LSI will complete the following:

  • The core seminar will be from SLS 760.

Four courses from the following:

  • SLS 408 Multilingual Education
  • SLS 430 Pidgin and Creole English in Hawai‘i
  • SLS 618 Language and Learning Technologies
  • SLS 672 Second Language Classroom Research
  • SLS 674 Survey Research Method
  • SLS 675 Second Language Qualitative Research
  • SLS 678 Discourse Analysis in Second Language Research
  • SLS 680U Various Topics in Second Language Use