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

From CV to Resume (and Why) @ Online Event
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
From CV to Resume (and Why) @ Online Event

Learn the fundamental differences in CVs and resumes, how to decide which document you should submit when applying for a position, and how to convert your CV to a resume (and back again).  Smart students will have both an updated CV and resume in their files: this workshop will help you get there. Read more and register here.

Looking into the Black Box: Submitting your Manuscript to an Academic Journal @ Online Event
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm
Looking into the Black Box: Submitting your Manuscript to an Academic Journal @ Online Event

Looking into the Black Box: Submitting your Manuscript to an Academic Journal 

In this panel discussion, Professor Shawn Loewen—editor of the Modern Language Journal—and Liz Huntley, Curtis Green-Eneix, and Dylan Burton—editorial assistants of Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly, and Language Testing—will attempt to demystify the process of submitting a manuscript to an academic journal. The discussion will center around requirements for submission and general expectations for an academic paper, as well as the most common problems researchers face at the initial check-in phase. This will be followed by a discussion of the decision-making stages in initial internal rejections as well as what qualifies a paper to be sent out for peer-review. This session will be an informal discussion with plenty of time for questions. Come join us!

WhenFriday, February 19th at 2 PM
Meeting ID: 951 7533 9643
Passcode: Publishing

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).

Panel Presentations & Discussion: Cultivating Early Multilingualism: A Global View of Advocacy and Research @ Panel Discussion
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies and the Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University are pleased to welcome Johanna Barrantes, Isabelle Barth, Annick De Houwer, and Lisa Treffry-Goatley for a panel discussion on their association work, research, and advocacy in early multilingualism and multilingual education. The panel will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 11am EST/5pm CET/6pm SAST on Zoom, where speakers will discuss their association work and research in the European, South African, and U.S. contexts. Time will be reserved at the end for audience engagement through comments and questions. Those interested can follow this link to register for free or contact Meagan Driver at to receive the Zoom link.


SLS AAAL-TESOL Practice Talks @ Zoom Webinar
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come one, come all! Join doctoral students and faculty in the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program as the students present their research! Each talk is a practice talk for the upcoming American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference, or for the TESOL International conference. Each talk is 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions. See the flyer, with presenters, talk titles, and exact times for each here:



Dissertation Defense: Mashael Saad A Algana @
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come to hear Mashael Algana defend her dissertation, “L2 English listeners’ comprehension: An examination of the effects of visual cues and non-native accented speech.” The event is open to the public. Please email Dr. Debra Hardison or Mashael Algana for the Zoom password.

SoSLAP: Digital Presence 2: Social Networking @ Online Event
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

“Digital Presence 2: Social Networking” with Dr. Ryan Bowles

Dr. Ryan Bowles from Human Development and Family Studies will lead a relatively informal discussion designed to help Applied Linguistics and Behavioral Science students and faculty think about how Twitter can be used for professional networking purposes. The session will focus on how Twitter can be used to build professional connections with voices in the field, keep current on research and professional development opportunities, and disseminate your own research to a Twitter-connected audience. Whether you already have an established Twitter presence or are looking to get started, all are welcome! There is no cost to attend.

This event will take place on Friday, March 26 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM.

Please complete this form to officially register for this event: SoSLAP will send Zoom meeting details to registered participants on March 25. Questions? Contact


SoSLAP: Grant Finding Tips @ Online Event
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm
SoSLAP: Grant Finding Tips @ Online Event

“Grant Finding Tips” with Paula Winke

Join us as SLS Director Paula Winke gives us insight on finding and applying to research grants at all levels (University to Federal)!

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 993 6157 8462
Passcode: grants