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Grad School / Program:

  • Second Language Studies

  • Contact:
  • A711 Wells Hall
    Second Language Studies
    Michigan State University (MSU)
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    United States
    Phone: 517-432-1812



  • Degrees Granted:
  • Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus
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  • Description:
  • The PhD program in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University is designed to provide a firm foundation in the field of Second Language Acquisition and its application to current second language research and teaching.

    The field of Second Language Acquisition is the study of the acquisition of a non-primary language. As such, the field addresses some of the following questions:

    - How are second/foreign languages learned?
    - How do learners create a new language system with only limited exposure to a second/foreign language?
    - How do language learners learn? What do they not learn?
    - Why do most learners not achieve the same degree of knowledge or proficiency in their second language as they do in their first language?
    - Why do some learners appear to achieve native-like proficiency in a second language?
    - What are the patterns of acquisition that are similar regardless of first language and second language?

    The PhD program at MSU draws from a number of disciplines as students are trained to explore some of these and related questions.

  • Financial Aids:
  • Financial Aid is available from a number of sources.
    The Second Language Studies program administers graduate assistantships. These awards include a stipend and a tution waiver of 9 credits per semester. All applicants whose admissions' files are submitted and complete by January 7th, 2009, will be considered for these awards.

    In addition to these awards, teaching assistantships may be available through the language departments.

    - For information on French or Italian teaching assistantships, please contact the Department of French, Classics and Italian.
    - For information on Spanish teaching assistantships, please contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
    - For information on English teaching assistantships, please contact the English Language Center.
    - For information on Japanese, Chinese, German and Russian teaching assistantships, please contact the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.
    - In addition, the Center for Language Education and Research often has assistantships available.
    - The Graduate School also has information on possible funding sources.

  • Grad Program Website:
  • http://sls.msu.edu/

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