Literature Review Writing Workshop with Prof. Sandra Deshors
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm
Literature Review Writing Workshop with Prof. Sandra Deshors

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Meeting ID: 976 6524 9182
Passcode: 712337

Second Language Studies Corpus Lab Kick-Off Event: Using Corpora for Pedagogy and Research: Projects from the Corpus and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) Lab @ Online Event
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm
Second Language Studies Corpus Lab Kick-Off Event: Using Corpora for Pedagogy and Research: Projects from the Corpus and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) Lab @ Online Event

Shelley Staples, University of Arizona
Friday, February 5, 2pm EST

Open to all; Sponsored by the TESOL program, the Second Language Studies program, and the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University

Description: In this talk, I will provide an overview of ongoing projects in the Corpus and TELL Lab at the University of Arizona, including an introduction to the two learner corpora we are developing, the Corpus and Repository of Writing (Crow), and Multilingual Corpus of Assignments: Writing and Speech (MACAWS). For both corpora, I will discuss both research and pedagogical applications that we are exploring. Both corpora are freely available to the public and access information will be provided for participants’ future exploration.

Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 960 4512 4339
Passcode: 319339

MSU Language Testing Group: Invited Speaker Dr. Sarah Goodwin @ Online Event
Feb 5 @ 3:00 pm

Language and Literacy Assessment for PreK-2 Students

To determine whether a language measure works well for test taker populations, it should be valid and reliable for all groups. Such groups include those whose first language is not English and/or those with limited speech production. If an early language battery is administered to multilingual children in just one of their languages, we have only a murky view of those children’s oral language skills. For diagnostic assessment, misclassification could result in children being directed into the wrong school services. Another issue is that assessments may not have been developed and validated with children from underrepresented groups or who would benefit from special accommodations. Sarah will share some of her lab’s research on two projects to develop language assessments for preschoolers and kindergarteners, specifically for phonological awareness/sensitivity, the understanding of language sound structure: 1) ATLAS, the Access to Literacy Assessment System, designed to be accessible for children with and without speech production difficulties; and 2) BAPS, the Bilingual Assessment of Phonological Sensitivity, for Spanish-English speaking children. She will also highlight differential item functioning (DIF), an item response analysis technique to check whether test items are measuring language proficiency in the same way for different groups.

Sarah Goodwin, Ph.D., is a Research Associate in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. In their Early Language and Literacy Investigations Laboratory (, she conducts psychometric analyses of early language assessments and manages lab data. She also teaches research methods for graduate students. Sarah’s research interests include language assessment, listening skills, and second language acquisition. Her work can be found in Language Assessment Quarterly; Assessing Writing; and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

There is no registration necessary to attend this event!

Zoom Information:

Direct link:
Meeting ID: 922 1463 1324
Passcode: testing

Time Management for Graduate Student Researchers @
Feb 23 @ 10:35 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Aline Godfroid will be leading two discussions on time management for doctoral students in Second Language Studies and other research-focused grad programs. Do you find you need help balancing your research, coursework, and job? Want to organize so you still have time to socialize, read, and relax? Then these sessions are for you!

  1. Tuesday, January 19, 10:35 AM to noon
  2. February 23, 10:35 AM to noon

The second session will build on the first session and thus, will be most beneficial to people who also joined January 19.


Please email SLS Graduate Student Joanne Koh, by clicking on “Email” above next to “Contact,” to receive the passcode to the meeting(s).