Professor Receives Research Award, Selected to EuroSLA Executive Committee

Aline Godfroid, Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and TESOL, is being recognized for her outstanding research in the area of second language acquisition and recently was elected to the Executive Committee of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA) and will serve as Secretary of that committee.  A leading scholar in the use of eye-tracking, Godfroid was named the 2019 recipient of the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research for her study, “Incidental vocabulary learning…

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Ph.D. Student Interns at the Michigan English Assessment

Second Language Studies Ph.D. student Xiaowan Zhang expanded upon her research surrounding language test impacts as an intern at the Michigan English Assessment in Ann Arbor this past summer.  While working at the Michigan English Assessment, Zhang’s main task was to develop a toolkit for investigating the impact of the Michigan English Test (MET) and its sister test for young…

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Professor to Research Language Assessment as a Fulbright Scholar

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected Paula Winke, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, to be a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Germany for the 2020 summer semester (April through July) at the University of Leipzig. "This is an exciting and unique…

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MSU Researches a Neurodiverse Approach to Theatre Education

One of the first of its kind in the world, Michigan State University's Department of Theatre has produced a play that is written specifically for an audience that is neurodiverse, which are variations in the human brain that are commonly characterized as autistic, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, and others. The piece is called FARM! A Musical Experience. Although it…

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Do Language Learning Apps Really Work?

Now more than ever, people who want to learn a new language are turning to their mobile devices for help as mobile-assisted language learning applications have become increasingly available. These apps allow users to study a new language from anywhere at any time, but how effective are these applications at teaching new languages? That is a question Shawn Loewen, Professor…

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Alumnus Thriving as a Machine Learning Language Researcher

After graduating from MSU in 2011 with degrees in Japanese and Linguistics, Luke Bates went on to earn a master’s degree in Computational Linguistics from Seoul National University with the goal of working on improving Korean-English machine translation. Bates still lives in South Korea, where he is a Researcher at Chung-Ang University and an English Teacher to doctors at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital. What is your…

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MSU/OSU Project Breaks New Ground in Religious Studies

A one-of-a-kind resource, developed by researchers at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University, is breaking new ground in the area of religious studies by offering scholars and the public alike a new way to think about and explore the diversity of American religious life. The American Religious Sounds Project (ARSP) website, which launched last month, challenges scholars, educators, students,…

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MSU Behind Detroit Zoo Sculpture Made of Illegal Snare Traps

Michigan State University students, faculty, and researchers are the creators and driving force behind a new exhibit and one-of-a-kind sculpture now on display at the Detroit Zoo. The “Snares to Wares Initiative: Capacity for Change” exhibition opened May 8 in the Detroit Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery and will be available for viewing until March 2020. The centerpiece of the exhibit is…

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UURAF First Place Winners Announced

Several College of Arts & Letters students received first-place awards for their research and creative scholarship presented at the 21st Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF).  Held each spring and co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Honors College, UURAF offers MSU undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research, answer questions about…

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College’s First Creative Arts and Research Forum a Success

The College of Arts & Letters hosted its first Creative Arts and Research Forum on March 22, giving 45 undergraduate students the opportunity to showcase their research within the creative arts and humanities while developing professional presentation skills and practicing formal public speaking through lightning talks and poster presentations. At the end of the forum, awards were presented to the…

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