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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 >

In the News


Congratulations to SLA Student Snezhana Zheltoukhova!

SLA student Snezhana Zheltoukhova will receive the 2014 NFMLTA-NCOLCTL Research Award to support her dissertation research on Tutoring in a Russian Flagship Program: Student and Tutor Perceptions and Their Organizational Representation (co-advisors Karen Evans-Romaine and Francois Tochon). The award is for for graduate students working in a less commonly taught language who are at the dissertation data-gathering and writing stages. Snezhana will receive the award at the Walton Award Dinner on Friday, April 25 at the NCOLCTL Conference in Chicago.

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Michael Byram to Give Talk on Content Based Instruction

Scholar Michael Byram (emeritus professor, University of Durham, U.K.) will be on the UW-Madison campus on Thursday, April 17 for a talk entitled "Content Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education." Read more>

Sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition, with Department of African Languages and Literature, Department of German, Language Institute, and Department of Slavic Languages and Literature.


Spring 2014 Brownbag Series: Language Learning in ConTEXT

A series of brownbag discussions on approaches to teaching and learning language through TEXTS. Sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition and Language Institute.

Learn more>


Travel and Dissertation Research Grants for SLA PhD Majors

The SLA PhD Program is pleased offer travel grants for SLA students give presentations at academic conferences and small dissertation research grants for SLA majors with an approved dissertation proposal.

Learn more about the travel grant >
Learn more about the dissertation grant >



Upcoming Events

2014 SLA Graduate Student Symposium

Friday, April 11 - Saturday, April 12, 2014
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Check out the symposium website for more information!

Invited Lecture: Content Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education

Michael Byram, Durham University
4:00 pm, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Learn more >

Invited Lecture: Changing Discourses in Native Speaker and Learner Talk

Dale Koike, University of Texas at Austin
4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 30, 2014
254 Van Hise Hall

Learn more>

Graduation Reception

2:00-4:00pm, Friday, May 16
1418 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive.

Join the SLA community in recognizing the achievements of its newest graduates. Cake and drinks will be served.

Ongoing Events/Series in 2013-14

Language Institute 2013-14 Lecture Series: Language Matters: Wisconsin and the World

Several SLA faculty will be giving talks for this new faculty lecture series. Most talks are scheduled at 5:00 pm on the first Monday of the month in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building (exception: talk by SLA faculty member Katrina Daly Thompson, 4:00 pm, February 3). View the schedule >

Spring 2014 Brownbag Series: Language Learning in ConTEXT

A series of brownbag discussions on approaches to teaching and learning language through TEXTS. Sponsored by the SLA PhD Program and the Language Institute. Brownbags scheduled for 12:00-1:00 pm on February 4, 17; March 7, 27; April 8, 28. View the schedule >

Coffee, Cake and Conversation with SLA Director Monika Chavez

All SLA students are warmly invited to drop by for coffee, informal conversation and sometimes even cake!11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Wednesdays (note the new day and time): January 29; February 12, 26; March 5, 26; April 9, 23; May 7. 1322 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive.

SLA Dissertator Writing Group

The SLA dissertator writing group will meet in 294 Van Hise Hall from 8:45-10:45 am on the following dates. SLA faculty will participate on Wednesday mornings: Wednesday, January 29 (Monika Chavez);Monday, February 10; Wednesday, February 26 (Richard Young); Wednesday, March 12; Wednesday, March 26 (Karen Evans-Romaine); Monday, April 7; Wednesday, April 23 (faculty TBD); Monday, May 5














































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