Welcome to the Initiative for Multilingual Studies!

Georgetown University is historically renowned as a center of applied linguistics, second language acquisition and use, and language learning and teaching. It has also recently become a major center of brain-based research on language learning. The Initiative for Multilingual Studies (IMS) is a collaborative effort among faculty and students across a range of different departments and programs at Georgetown University. We seek to expand capacity for cutting-edge inquiry into multilingualism across diverse perspectives of linguistics, the humanities, education, and neuroscience.
New course for Fall 2017: Spanish for French Speakers
Meagan Driver, a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will teach a new course this fall: SPAN-009: Spanish for French Speakers. View the course description here.

Highlights for 2016-2017

Panel Discussion: Looking Back & Moving Forward: Telecollaboration in Georgetown Foreign Language ClassesMichael J. Ferreira (Portuguese), Terrence M. Potter (Arabic), Alissa Webel (French), Lioudmilla Federova (Russian), Ronald P. Leow (Spanish), Sylvia Onder (Turkish), November 29, 2016

Technical Workshop: Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics for Data Collection in Linguistics. Sakol Suethanapornkul & Todd McKay, November 1, 2016

East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT): Fifteenth Annual ConferenceOctober 28, 2016 


Panel Discussion: Expanding Understandings of InteractionNoriko Iwashita, Miyuki Sasaki, & Wataru Suzuki, September 29, 2016

Advanced Research in Multilingualism Talk Series: Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2016 Practice Presentations by Georgetown Presenters: Sakol Suethanapornkul, Yiran Xu, Wataru Suzuki, Lara Bryfonski, Brandon Tullock, Yasser TeimouriSeptember 19, 2016

Highlights for 2015-2016


Panel Discussion: Advances in L2 Vocabulary and L2 Writing Research: A Panel Discussion. Norbert Schmitt, Diane Schmitt, Rosa Manchon (Presenters), April 6, 2016

Georgetown University Round Table (GURT 2016): Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education, March 11-13, 2016

Advanced Research in Multilingualism Talk Series: After the Entrance Test: a Longitudinal Study of L2 Students' Experiences at University. Bart Deygers (Presenter), John Norris (Discussant), December 2, 2015

Advanced Research in Multilingualism Talk Series: Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2015 Practice Presentations by Georgetown Presenters Yuka Akiyama, Sergio Adrada-Rafael, Pablo Camus, Joe Cunningham, Natalia Curto, Angela Donate, Marisa Filgueras-Gómez, October 27, 2015

Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language and Humanities Education (CUALHE), Annual Meeting and Conference 2015: Outcomes Assessment in Support of Foreign Language EducationOctober 10-11, 2015

East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT): Fourteenth Annual Conference, October 9, 2015

Advanced Research in Multilingualism Talk Series: International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching 2015 Practice Presentations by Georgetown Presenters Lara Bryfonski, Angela Donate, Wenjia Ma, Todd McKay, Young A Son, Yasser Teimouri, Tyler True, Janire Zalbidea, September 9, 2015