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SLS Alumni Daniel Jackson and Rue Burch Featured as Co-Authors in TESOL Quarterly

Congratulations to SLS Alumni Drs. Daniel Jackson and Rue Burch, who are featured as co-authors for the recently published TESOL Quarterly Special Issue, Complementary Perspectives on Task-Based Classroom Realities. Click title to learn more…

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:

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PhD in SLS Student Mark Wilding Recognized with Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Congratulations to Mark Wilding, PhD in SLS Student, for being recognized with Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for a Graduate Assistant! Click title to learn more…
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Dr. Dongping Zheng Awarded Two-Year Grant from National Natural Sciences Foundation of China

Congratulations to Dr. Dongping Zheng (pictured left), Associate Professor in SLS, and her colleague, Dr. Aitao Lu (pictured right) of South China Normal University, for a two-year grant awarded by the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (#31571141 and #31628010; $26,000 USD).
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Susan Proctor and Jonathan Hull Continue Generous Support of SLS Graduate Students

The ‘Oihana Maika’i Endowment was established with a very generous gift made by SLS alumni Ms. Susan Proctor and Dr. Jonathan Hull in 2002.

Earlier this summer, in May 2015, Dr. Hull and Ms. Proctor made yet another generous donation in celebration of the launching of the digital publication of the ESL textbook series Interchange and New Interchange. Their combined $40,000 gift will provide the Department of Second Language Studies with more than $6,500 annually to support SLS students’ professional development.

Multilingual Education Book Presentation

Dr. Christina Higgins presented with Dr. Eva Ponte of the UHM College of Education on their new book, Enriching Practice in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms: A Guide for Teachers and Teacher Educators. Caslon Publishers ( On June 5, 2015,…

The Russell J. & Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships in Second Language Studies

The Bilinski Fellowships were established in 2011 by the Bilinski Educational Foundation with an initial grant to support the Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In 2012, the Bilinski…
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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Michelle Adams, Hyunah Ahn, Michael Bischoff, Minyoung Cho, Justin Cubilo, Angela Haeusler, Wei-Li Hsu, Junko Imai, Mint Litticharoenporn, Priscilla Leal, Eunseok Ro, Rick Schoonmaker, Bal Krishna Sharma, Pamela Stacey, and Jay Tanaka! Read more to learn about their achievements.