Published: Dec. 10, 2013

Susan Gass receives language award

Contact(s): Kristen Parker Media Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709 Kristen.Parker@cabs.msu.edu, Michael Jenkins College of Arts and Letters office: (517) 355-5363 jenki250@cal.msu.edu

Susan Gass, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and director of MSU’s English Language Center, has been awarded the Modern Language Association of America’s 32nd Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize for her excellent work in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Gass and Alison Mackey, of Georgetown University, are co-editors of The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Both received the MLA recognition, which is awarded for outstanding work in the fields of language, culture, literacy and literature with strong application to the teaching of languages other than English.

The Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize is one of 16 awards that will be presented on Jan. 11 during the MLA’s annual convention in Chicago.

“Accessible to students while at the same time useful to scholars and experts, Susan Gass’ and Alison Mackey’s volume benefits readers with various academic needs and provides an important contribution to the field,” the award selection committee wrote.

Susan Gass, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and director of MSUís English Language Center. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

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