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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  • Fall 2015 Professional Development Workshops on CV Writing and Publishing
  • SLA Students Present their Work at Spring 2015 Informal Poster Session
  • SLA Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • 2014 SLA Graduate Student Symposium



Program News

 SLA students, both majors and minors, benefitted from local expertise and experience in two workshops offered by SLA core faculty. Read more>


Michele's book "Transcultural Performance: Negotiating Globalized Identities" has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. 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, December 2, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 12:00pm
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 4:00pm