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.

 

Congratulations Spring and Summer 2014 Graduates!

Spring 2014 - Graduation Day

A few current students, alumni, exchange students and advisors came to celebrate graduation.  22 SLS majors are graduating in Spring and Summer 2014.  Keep in touch!

Want to major in SLS?

SLS is an exciting interdisciplinary field where you can engage with a wide range of theoretical and practical issues related to learning, using, and teaching second and foreign languages.

Undergraduate students who are thinking about getting a major in SLS should meet with an SLS advisor to learn about the program. This is a good opportunity to discuss expectations of the major, student interests, and long-term professional goals. Contact the SLS BA Coordinator (kenton@hawaii.edu) to set up an appointment.

Interested students are also encouraged to browse around this website for more information, but in particular look through the following sections:

Second Language Studies?

Second Language Studies?

SLS is an exciting interdisciplinary field where you can engage with a wide range of theoretical and practical issues related to learning, using, and teaching second and foreign languages. Some of the questions we address include:

  • Why do some people learn languages more easily than others?
  • How are first and second language learning similar or different?
  • How can we become more effective language learners and teachers?
  • How can we use technology to enhance language learning and teaching?
  • What is the role of multilingualism in promoting diversity, intercultural communication and understanding, and educational and social equality?
  • Why does language advocacy and policy matter in our local and global communities?
  • How does learning and using a second language (or being multilingual) influence identity and social relationships?

As a student in our BA program, you will be able to focus on areas of SLS that relate to your needs and goals.  Combining theory, research, pedagogy, and other opportunities for academic and personal development, the SLS degree prepares you with the solid foundation and specialized skills you need to be a successful language learner, educator, and professional.