Introductory SLS Courses (for freshmen, sophomores, or anyone else who might be interested)

SLS 150: Learning Languages and Communicating in a Globalized World  (usually offered in Fall semesters)

Lecture/discussion on strategies for enhancing second language learning in the context of a pluricultural-multilingual globalized world; addresses personal identity as influenced by languages; studies language-related employment, international mobility, and intercultural communication.

Fulfills the DS requirement for the General Education Core.


SLS 280: Bilingualism: Cognition & Culture (usually offered in Fall semesters)

In the U.S., knowing and speaking only one language is often considered the norm, while people and societies who regularly use two are more languages are seen as special or exotic. Yet if we look at how language is used worldwide, including here in Hawai’i, bi- and multilingualism are just as common as monolingualism. This course will introduce you to bi-/multilingualism both as a phenomenon at the level of society and as a characteristic of individual speakers. We will look at popular beliefs and recent media reports about bilingualism, and use these as stepping stones for a closer examination of the research (and sometimes the absence thereof) that underlies them.

Fulfills the DS requirement for the General Education Core.