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Expert in second language acquisition speaks Friday

March 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Michigan State University's Dr. Susan Gass will present "Input, Interaction and Output: What is it and what's it good for?" from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Multicultural Center in the Trimpe Building at Western Michigan University.

A discussion and refreshments follow the lecture, is open to the public free of charge. Gass' presentation was originally scheduled for Feb. 1, but was cancelled when WMU closed due to severe winter weather.

At Michigan State, Gass is university distinguished professor of linguistics and languages and serves as director of the English Language Center and co-director of the Center for Language Education and Research.

A leading expert in the field of adult second language acquisition, Gass has authored or co-authored 13 books, including "Second Language Research: Methodology and Design," "Data Elicitation for Second and Foreign Language Research" and "Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course." She is series editor for Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in theoretical and methodological issues in second language research and is associate editor for studies in second language acquisition for Cambridge University Press.

In 1996, Gass received the Paul Pimsleur Award for Outstanding Research from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and in 2002, she was recognized for Distinguished Scholarship and Service by the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Minnick at lisa.minnick@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2583, or Dr. Holly Nibert at holly.nibert@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3012, co-chairs of the WMU Linguistics Steering Committee

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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