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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  • May 2018 SLA Graduation Celebration
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • SLA Poster Session
  • SLA Graduate Student Symposium

Program News

The 2019 Symposium (April 19 and 20, on the UW-Madison campus) is now accepting proposals for presentations. See the Symposium website for more information. 

Alumna Carolina Bailey teaches Spanish and works on diversity issues in the city of Madison. Read a recent interview with her>

The SLA program and Korean Flagship seek applicants for Fall 2019 with Korean proficiency. Read more>

Core faculty and graduate students work together to advance SLA research projects. Read more> 

SLA student Sara Farsiu was awarded a 2018 Community University Partnership Award for her work with Afgan refugees. Read more>

2017 SLA PhD graduate Nelly Martin's article "Bahasa gado-gado:English in Indonesian popular texts" appeared in World Englishes. See the article>

SLA core faculty Maggie Hawkins and Junko Mori have edited a special issue of Applied Linguistics entitled Considering `Trans-' Perspectives in Language Theories and Practices. Included in the volume are articles by Junko Mori and SLA student Kazeem Kẹ́hìndé Sanuth ("Navigating between a Monolingual Utopia and Translingual Realities: Experiences of American Learners of Yorùbá as an Additional Language") and Maggie Hawkins ("Transmodalities and Transnational Encounters: Fostering Critical Cosmopolitan Relations").  


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