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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  • SLA Students Present their Work at Spring 2015 Informal Poster Session
  • SLA Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • 2014 SLA Graduate Student Symposium



Program News

SLA student Ișil Erduyan successfully defended her dissertation Multilingual Construction of Identity: German-Turkish Students in Berlin on August 24, 2015. She worked under the guidance of advisors Jane Zuengler and Maggie Hawkins.  Ișil plans to return to her native country of Turkey while she seeks a position at a European university.  Congratulations, Ișil!  We're very proud of you!


Michele's book "Transcultural Performance: Negotiating Globalized Identities" has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. Learn more>


SLA students (majors and minors) joined together with faculty, friends and family on May 14 to celebrate another great year and another outstanding group of graduates.  Learn more>

In spring 2015, core faculty in the SLA program sat down with student Nelly Martin to speak about their research and teaching interests, advisees, and involvement in professional organizations.  Find out more about the UW-Madison SLA program by taking a look at the video profiles Nelly produced from their conversations by visiting individual faculty pages.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:00pm
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 12:00pm
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm