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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  • English 318 Students with Nick Ellis
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • SLA Poster Session
  • SLA Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • SLA Graduate Student Symposium



Program News

UW-Madison SLA alumna Paula Garrett-Rucks recently published the 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, December 7, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 1:00pm
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm