The SLAT doctoral program is an interdisciplinary program with 79 faculty members located in 17 collaborating departments. The program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teachers, and administrators concerned with second language learning and teaching. The SLAT Program has been recognized nationally as a superior interdisciplinary program. Several of our participating departments have been ranked in the top ten in the country, including Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
Congratulations to Mahmoud Azaz for winning the 2013 Graduate & Professional Student Council’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award !
Mahmoud Azaz won first place out of almost 80 students whom were nomitated for an award. Each year, during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, the GPSC recognizes graduate and professional students, staff, and faculty that have made outstanding contributions to the campus and, in particular, to graduate education. People took the time to nominate their friends, peers, mentors, colleagues, and students. The awards are very competitive and there were many deserving individuals on campus. Each of the winners received a certificate and $100 and the runners-up received a certificate and $50. Congratulations Mahmoud!
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Professor Chantelle: Multilingual Conversationality in Social Network Spaces
The easy accessibility, ubiquity, and plurilingualism of popular social network sites (SNSs) such as Facebook have inspired many scholars and practitioners of Second Language Teaching and Learning to integrate the networked forms of communication into educational contexts such as language classrooms and study abroad programs (e.g., Mills 2011; Mitchell 2012). New media come with new ways of speaking, and the multidimensionality of SNS communications diverges in many important ways from the characteristic patterns and participation structures of face-to-face interaction. For this reason SNS-mediated communication poses methodological problems for scholars and educators who are at a loss for adequate models to describe and potentially didacticize conversations. Drawing from case studies of German-speaking researchers whose professional lives are largely led in English, this talk considers the complex sociolinguistic situations that emerge among multilingual users of the social networking site Facebook and argues for an ecological approach to understanding SNS-mediated communication.
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