Welcome to the website of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition

The Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) prepares students to research and teach in a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that investigates second language learning and acquisition, bi- and multilingualism, second and foreign language teaching, and the relationship among language, culture, identity and thought in diverse social contexts.

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  • Congratulations, 2016-17 SLA graduates!
  • UW-Madison SLA community at AAAL 2017
  • English 318 Students with Nick Ellis
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • SLA Poster Session

Program News

SLA PhD Majors have the opportunity to apply for awards to help defray the cost of research and conference-travel expenses.  Read more>

Members of the UW-Madison SLA community gathered at the annual meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Portland, OR, March 18-21. 

SLA Student Lauren Goodspeed was the recent recipient of an Innovation in Teaching Award.  Read more>


Program alumna Isabelle Drewelow is the recent recipient of the Alabama World Languages Association's 2017 Alabama Educator of Excellence Award. Read more>

Congratulations to SLA student Ryan Goble on his recent publication!: Goble, R., & Vickers, C. (2016).  “Shift” ‘n “control”: The computer as a third interactant in Spanish language medical consultations. Communication and Medicine, 12(2-3), 171-185.

UW-Madison SLA Program alumnus Peter De Costa is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award of the Language and Social Processes Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 4:00pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 3:00pm