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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Reduced Tuition Rates Available for Residents of WICHE Member States

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). Accepted MA and PhD students in SLS who are legal residents of WICHE member states may enroll in the program at reduced tuition rates, if eligibility requirements are met.

Details about the WICHE Program can be found on this page: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/wiche-program

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Recent Graduate Student Publications

Burch, A. R. (2014). Pursuing information: A conversation analytic perspective on communication strategies. Language Learning, 64, 651–684. DOI: 10.1111/lang.12064 Lamb, G. (2015). “Mista, Are You in a Good Mood?”: Stylization to Negotiate Interaction in an Urban Hawai‘i Classroom. Multilingua, 34(2) 159–186. DOI: 10.1515/multi-2014-1008 Phyak, P. & Bui, T. N. T. (2014). Youth engaging language policy …

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Thursday “Brown Bag” Lecture Series

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

Time: Noon–1:15 p.m.

April 13 Two Talks
Dynamic development of lexical sophistication through a series of academic tasks: A semester-long study [Practice Talk]

Presenter: Masaki Eguchi, Waseda University & UH-Mānoa Department of Second Language Studies

The effect of strategic planning of oral CAF: A synthesis [Practice Talk]

Presenter: Mitsuko Suzuki, UH-Mānoa Department of Second Language Studies

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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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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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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ARCHIVE Spring 2017 Brown Bags

January 26 Effect of Tracking Authentic Video Clips on the Enhancing of Comprehensibility and Intelligibility of L2 Speech: A Mixed-Methods-Approach Presenter: Dianning Qu, Central South University, China Though achieving successful communication and near nativelike standards tend to be the ideal goals of L2 language learners (van Maastricht et al., 2016), a foreign accent is such …

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Call for Submissions: Fo Reel! Da Pidgin Film Festival

New Deadline submission: February 26, 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 …

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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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