Second Language Studies (SLS) is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the learning, teaching, and use of second (or multiple) languages from educational, linguistic, psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are relevant to students interested in ESL and TESOL. Our programs also go well beyond those areas and include teaching and researching languages other than English.

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Karaoke Night 2023!

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Karaoke Night returned this year after a four year hiatus! This was hosted by Christina Higgins and Betsy Gilliland, and it was the…

Jieun Kim and Maggie McGehee awarded Best Student Presentation Award

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Ph.D. student Jieun Kim and M.A. student Maggie McGehee won the award for Best Student Presentation at the East Coast Organization of…

Newly Published Article: Betsy Gilliland, Michelle Kunkel, Thu Ha Nguyen, Cade Christensen

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Betsy Gilliland, Ph.D. students Michelle Kunkel, Thu Ha Nguyen, and former M.A. student Cade Christenson have published an article in Research Methods…