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Thursday “Brown Bag” Lecture Series

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

Time: Noon–1:15 p.m.


Starting off on the Right Foot: Advising Session for New MA Students

Thursday, August 24
12-1:15 pm
St. John 11

New and continuing MA students in SLS are strongly recommended to attend an academic advising session on the MA program in SLS, led by Dr. Higgins, the Graduate Chair. (note: Continuing MA students and faculty are more than welcome to attend as well!) During this time, we will discuss:

1. Navigating your MA progress
We will examine the MA advising form together and talk about specializations, core courses, seminar courses, and electives. Students will better understand what it takes to complete their degrees in a timely manner
2. The relationship between language teaching and research
New students sometimes struggle to see connections between their interest in classroom teaching and research projects that they design and analyze in their courses; we will explore this and look at examples of research that are connected to teaching, as well as research on other topics in SLS that are not directly linked to classrooms
3. Resources for academic and personal support
We will discuss the resources on campus that offer academic support (such as the writing center) as well as offices that offer counseling to students and other forms of support


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 for academic year 2017–2018, please contact SLS Assistant Professor Dr. Gilliland (egillila@hawaii.edu).