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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  • Congratulations, 2016-17 SLA graduates!
  • UW-Madison SLA community at AAAL 2017
  • English 318 Students with Nick Ellis
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • SLA Poster Session



Program News

Members of the UW-Madison SLA community gathered at the annual meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Portland, OR, March 18-21. 

SLA Student Lauren Goodspeed was the recent recipient of an Innovation in Teaching Award.  Read more>


Program alumna Isabelle Drewelow is the recent recipient of the Alabama World Languages Association's 2017 Alabama Educator of Excellence Award. Read more>

Gail Prasad, core SLA faculty member and assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, was the recipient of the prestigious Pat Clifford Award. The award was given by the Canadian Education Association in recognition of Gail's work in redefining the ways in which teachers can maximize learning for all students in our increasingly multilingual classrooms. Read more> 

Congratulations to SLA student Ryan Goble on his recent publication!: Goble, R., & Vickers, C. (2016).  “Shift” ‘n “control”: The computer as a third interactant in Spanish language medical consultations. Communication and Medicine, 12(2-3), 171-185.

UW-Madison SLA alumna Paula Garrett-Rucks received the 2016 ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture for her recently published book, Intercultural Competence in Instructed Language Learning: Bridging Theory and Practice. Paula is a 2010 graduate of the program and is now  Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Georgia State University.  See details of the new book>

UW-Madison SLA Program alumnus Peter De Costa is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award of the Language and Social Processes Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

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


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, October 27, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm