Shawn Loewen
(517) 353-9790

B255 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesSecond Language Studies

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

TESOL; Second Language Studies

ORCID: 0000-0002-2195-313X


Ph.D, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Shawn Loewen (MA, Temple University, PhD, University of Auckland) is Professor at Michigan State University in the MATESOL and Second Language Studies programs. He also serves as director of the Second Language Studies program. He teaches courses on second language acquisition and quantitative research methods, and his research interests include instructed second language acquisition, second language interaction and quantitative research methodology. In particular, his current interests include the link between SLA research and researchers, on the one hand, and second language teachers and pedagogy on the other. In addition to publishing in leading SLA journals, he has co-authored two books, Key Concepts in Second Language Acquisition (with Reinders, 2009), and An A-Z of Applied Linguistics Research Methods (with Plonsky, 2016). His sole authored book, Introduction to Instructed Second Language Acquisition, appeared in 2015, and the co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Instructed Second Language Acquisition (with Sato) was published in 2017. In 2018, he became the associate editor of The Modern Language Journal.

Media Mentions

University News

German Professor Awarded for Outstanding Service to Education Abroad
Published April 7, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Elizabeth Mittman, Associate Professor of German in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University, is the 2023 recipient of…Read now »
Doctoral Candidate Receives AAAL Graduate Student Award
Published March 14, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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J. Dylan Burton, a doctoral candidate in the Second Language Studies (SLS) Ph.D. program at Michigan State University, received a 2023 Graduate Student Award from the American…Read now »
Ph.D. Student Awarded Duolingo Research Grant
Published November 19, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Yingzhao Chen, a Ph.D. candidate in MSU’s Second Language Studies (SLS) and Cognitive Science programs, is one of only six doctoral students from across the country to receive a…Read now »
Second Language Studies Professor Awarded Fulbright to Polish University
Published May 24, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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While millions of people study English around the world, many students have limited exposure to spoken and written English outside the classroom. Researchers like Michigan State University’s Shawn…Read now »
MSU Researchers Study Conversation Platforms for Second Language Students
Published December 11, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Shawn Loewen knows what it’s like to learn a second language through “blood, sweat, and tears.” He started taking private Spanish lessons when he was 13 and studied Spanish and French all…Read now »
Varg-Sullivan Endowed Graduate Award Winners Announced
Published June 23, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
Each year, the College of Arts & Letters presents two Varg-Sullivan Endowed Graduate Awards to graduate students for their outstanding achievement in the arts or letters. This year’s winners…Read now »
Researching the Effectiveness of Language Learning Apps
Published April 7, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Shawn Loewen became enamored with languages at age 13 when his parents hired a private tutor to teach him Spanish. Despite his passion for being multilingual, he knew he couldn’t make a…Read now »
LAE Podcast Hosts Professor Shawn Loewen
Published March 20, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Episode four of the Liberal Arts Endeavor Podcast is out! Our host, Dean Christopher P. Long, met with Shawn Loewen, Director of the Second Language Studies program, to…Read now »
SLS Ph.D. Program Wins Outstanding Graduate Program Community Award
Published May 9, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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The Second Language Studies (SLS) doctoral program in the College of Arts & Letters has won the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Program Community Award presented by Michigan State…Read now »