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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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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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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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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2015 Conference Presentations by SLS Graduate Students and Faculty

American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO, November 18–22, 2015 Kathryn A. Davis Portraits of Engaged Ethnography: Keeping it real (colloquium) Colloquium presentations: Samuel Alejandro Aguirre Promoting Local Language Policies and Practices in an Era of Global Neoliberalism Kathryn A. Davis Engaged Language Policy and Planning: Hawaii State Board of Education Policy 105.14 Travis Lockwood …

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2016 Conference Presentations by SLS Graduate Students and Faculty

Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT), Honolulu, Hawai’i; March 3–5, 2016 Ivan Banov Reddit as a Medium for Foreign Language Learning TESOL International Convention, Baltimore MD, April 5–8, 2016 Betsy Gilliland Learning to teach beyond national borders Postsecondary writing: Reflecting future writing expectations (panel) Kendi Ho Cross-cultural communication for home care workers in Hawai’i Mitsuko Suzuki …

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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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Information and Q&A Session

Join MA in SLS alumna and English Language Fellow Kasey Larson to learn more about her experience with this this great opportunity. The information and Q&A session will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at 12:00 noon, in Moore Hall 551.

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