Leading Second Language Proficiency Research

Researchers in MSU’s College of Arts & Letters are finishing up a large-scale study, never done before in terms of scope, that will give an overall picture of language proficiency in higher education. Locally, the team is providing important information to language programs in the College. Nationally and internationally, they are describing language proficiency development within the context of higher…

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Charting New Paths in Language Research

“If you’re curious about something and nobody has an answer for you, go answer it for yourself.” Bethany Dickerson, a Linguistics major and Honors College senior, has had the opportunity to find answers for herself throughout her time at Michigan State University. Through countless undergraduate research experiences and leadership roles in multiple student organizations, she has found herself and her…

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A Voice for Accessibility in Standardized Testing

As a student double majoring in Professional Writing and Journalism, senior Emily Cervone has always enjoyed writing and doing research. She is using those skills, as well as her position as an Educational Technology staff member with the College of Arts & Letters, to research issues in standardized testing. Last year, Cervone researched race, class, and ethnic biases in standardized…

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Making Virtual Reality Accessible to All

Walking the Great Wall of China or exploring the Parthenon without leaving the classroom may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, however, this futuristic concept is a present-day reality thanks to virtual reality programs. Experience Architecture majors senior Tommy Truong and junior Eric Martin are researching how to utilize virtual reality to enhance the pedagogy of the humanities…

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Undergraduate Student Wins First Place Research Award

Eli and Edythe Art Museum at dusk Experience Architecture sophomore Erin Campbell recently won a first place award at the Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC) for her research on museum visitor participation, specifically at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Michigan State University’s campus. The Research Contrary to most Experience Architecture students, Campbell is…

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Teachers Could Be Making Students’ Anxiety Worse

The anxiety that comes with feeling like an outsider in the classroom can hinder students’ learning and, ironically, teachers could be making it worse, according to a new study by a Michigan State University researcher. Scholarship students, first-generation college students, and minorities feel intense pressure to perform well – much of which is perpetuated by stereotypes that society, including teachers,…

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Facilitating a Better Online Conversation

A team of researchers from the College of Arts & Letters has released a new web application aimed at keeping online conversations on track.  The Faciloscope app, developed by faculty and students in MSU’s Writing, Information and Digital Experience (WIDE) research center, provides rapid, real-time analysis of how online conversations are developing. This can be especially helpful to moderators, or conversation…

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Fostering African American Language

African American Language (AAL) may be one of the most misunderstood languages and often is dismissed as slang, improper, or incorrect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1kbwELDPU&feature=emb_title In order to bring a better understanding to this language, Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Ph.D. Candidate Shenika Hankerson is working to dispel some of the misconceptions associated with AAL. Focusing on the sociocultural, historical, and political dimensions…

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Women in Entrepreneurship

Six out of ten college students are clinically lonely, which can lead to increased anxiety and depression—but what if a smartphone app could help? In January 2015, an app quietly appeared to do just that. Through the support of Michigan State’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, professional writing senior Zoe Zappitell co-created, launched and marketed Conecter. The app links students to one another through interest-based…

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Investing in Online Scholarly Presence

In today’s fast-paced world where the Internet is the go-to research tool and information on any topic is just a click or tap away, one’s own digital presence is more important than ever. The College of Arts & Letters recognizes this, and starting this month, will offer all its graduate students and faculty a new kind of web hosting support.…

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