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

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").  


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 12:30pm
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm