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

Proposals are being accepted until January 25, 2016 for presentations at this spring's SLA Student Symposium.  

The SLA Program is pleased to announce its fall 2015 newsletter, SLANG: the Second Language Acquisition News-Gazette.  Read the latest news on faculty, students and more!  

 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

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:00pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm