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Understanding the Language of Change Through Linguistics

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Students looking at a white board with student putting flags on the board.

Suzanne Evans Wagner isn’t telling people how to talk. She’s here to say that people have options and reasons for talking the way they do. An associate professor of…

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Professor to Research Language Assessment as a Fulbright Scholar

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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…

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New Study Gives Insight on Effectiveness of Language Learning Apps

Friday, July 19, 2019
A finger about to click on the babbel icon on a cell phone

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…

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Professor Receives Teaching Award

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tom Lovik, Professor of German in Michigan State University’s Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, received the Michigan World Language Association’s (MIWLA) Georges J….

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Winke Named Co-Editor of ‘Language Testing’ Journal

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Paula Winke, Associate Professor in the Second Language Studies Program, has been named Co-Editor of the journal Language Testing, effective January 1, 2019. This marks the fourth major…

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Ryu Honored for Online Database

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Catherine Ryu

Catherine Ryu, MSU associate professor of Japanese literature, received the prestigious 2018 Esperanto “Access to Language Education” Award, presented by CALICO, or Computer Assisted Language Consortium, the Esperantic Studies Foundation, and Lernu.net for…

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Researcher Awarded Grant to Investigate Dialects in Children

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Associate Professor Cristina Schmitt

Associate Professor Cristina Schmitt is leading the way in one area of linguistics research and recently was awarded a three-year $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)…

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Teachers Could be Making Students’ Anxiety Worse

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Peter DeCosta

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…

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De Costa Presented with Emerging Scholar Award

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Peter DeCosta

Peter De Costa, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, has earned the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award of the Language and Social…

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Some Foreign Language Teachers May Lack Confidence

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Peter De Costa, assistant professor of linguistics, german ,slavic,asian, african languages, and Lorena Valmori, phd student in second language studies, pose in Wells Hall on Wednesday March 16, 2016.

Foreign language teachers play a pivotal role in creating global citizens, but some teachers lack confidence in their ability to speak in their nonnative tongue, which could undermine…

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