Welcome to the website for the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) in the Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The SLA PhD Program is directed by Monika Chavez, Department of German; Margaret Hawkins, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is associate director.
The Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prepares students to research and teach in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of SLA. Graduates of the the SLA Program pursue careers in many different fields, including linguistics, language planning and policy, language program direction and administration and foreign language teaching. Many of the Ph.D. degree recipients will seek careers in language education or as coordinators or directors of language programs, especially at the post-secondary level. Graduates will also seek positions in Ph.D. programs with an SLA research emphasis. Learn more >
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Travel and Dissertation Research Grants for SLA PhD Majors
The SLA PhD Program is pleased announce calls for applications for travel grants to give presentations at academic conferences and small dissertation research grants for SLA majors with an approved dissertation proposal.
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SLA PhD Program Honors 2013 Graduate
At a reception on May 17, the SLA PhD Program celebrated the achievement of Brajesh Samarth who successfully completed his PhD in Second Language Acquisition with a dissertation entitled Attrition and Maintenance of Home Languages in the Indian-Diaspora in the United States, under the supervision of Professor Richard Young. Shown here are, left to right, Carolina Bailey, Brajesh Samarth, Professor Young and Alice Astarita.