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Second Language Acquisition Talk Series

The SLA PhD Program is pleased to announce two invited lectures in the SLA Talk Series in the 2012-13 academic year: Foreign Language Education for Border-Crossing Communication in the Globalized World, Ryuoko Kubota, University of British Columbia, 4:00 pm, Wednesday, October 24; and Functional Grammar in Support of English Language Learners' Literacy Development in the Elementary Grades, Mary Schleppegrell, University of Michigan, 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Both talks will take place in room 254 Van Hise Hall.


2012 SLA Graduate Student Symposium

The SLA graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with the SLA graduate students at the University of Iowa held an annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, April 13-Saturday, April 14, 2012. A total of 105 SLA faculty, staff, and graduate students attended the symposium. Graduate students in SLA and related disciplines presented their work and met distinguished researchers including the three plenary speakers: Johannes Wagner, University of Southern Denmark, Alister Cumming, University of Toronto, and Agnes Weiyun He, Stony Brook University.
The theme of the 2012 symposium was Language Choice and Choosing a Language. Papers presented included choice of language, the decision to use a specific form or code during an interaction, and how these specific forms are determined by social context. Some of the presentations were completed projects, some were presented as posters, and others were based on pilot studies, pre-dissertation studies, or work-in-progress projects.


SLA Students Kick Off Fall Semester

Incoming SLA students Amy Clay and Colleen Hamilton are taking a full load of courses in their first semester at UW-Madison.

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SLA Doctoral Students Akira Kondo and Brajesh Samarth Awarded 2012 Summer Chancellor's Fellowship

SLA Doctoral Dissertators Akira Kondo and Brajesh Samarth have been awarded 2012 summer Chancellor's Fellowship for their graduate studies. They are among a select group of scholars being offered this prestigious award. We commend them on their accomplishments.

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"Free Falling" into Literature: Advanced Students of Italian

SLA Doctoral Dissertator Barbara Bird, presented the results of her dissertation pilot study on Monday, March 20, 2012. SLA faculty and students, language teachers, as well as those interested in Foreign Language literature teaching and Second Language Acquisition attended the presentation.

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SLA Doctoral Student Chiharu Shima Awarded one-semester Dissertator Fellowship

SLA Doctoral Dissertator Chiharu Shima has been awarded a one-semester dissertator fellowship by The Arts and Humanities division through the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This fellowship was awarded to support her dissertation on “Language Socialization Process of Foreign Healthcare Providers in Japan”.

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Betsy Tremmel wins AAAL graduate student award

SLA Doctoral dissertator Betsy Tremmel has won the Wilga Rivers Graduate Student Award for her presentation at the 2012 AAAL Conference in Boston. Betsy will present her paper "Nocardia Bacteria, Negative Controls, and Risk Ratios: The Co-construction of Disciplinary Identity in a Dairy Science Seminar" at 2:35 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2012.


SLA PhD Program Featured in Language Teaching

Thanks to the efforts of SLA PhD students and alumni Peter De Costa, Carolina Bernales, and Margaret Merrill, under the supervision of Professor Richard Young, the research activities of SLA faculty and students is highlighted in a 2011 volume of the journal Language Teaching. <Learn more>


SLA Co-Chair Richard Young is Featured Guest on Wisconsin Public Radio Program

Richard Young, co-chair, PhD Program in SLA was the featured guest talking about bilingualism and the importance of learning another language, on Friday, September 16, on the Joy Cardin Show.



SLA Students Kick Off Fall Semester

Incoming SLA students Kazeem Sanuth, Sandrine Pell,  Nelly Martin, and Leah Wicander are taking a full load of courses in their first semester at UW-Madison.

SLA PhD Program Honors 2011 Graduates

At a reception on May 13, the SLA PhD Program celebrated the achievement of students who completed the PhD in SLA in the Spring 2011: Jacques Arceneaux, María del Carmen De Avila, and Peter De Costa. Shown here are, left to right, Jacques Arceneaux, Sally Magnan, Peter De Costa and Jane Zuengler.


Badger Bash at 2011 Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics in Chiago

Many UW-Madison faculty, students and alumni met gathered at the 2011 AAAL Conference in Chicago in March. Shown here are Peter De Costa, Kerrie Kephardt, Kimi Nakatsukasa, Michele Back, Atsushi Hasegawa. Mary Jane Curry, Hanh Nguyen, Richard Young.


SLA Doctoral Student Peter De Costa Publishes Articles on SLA and Immigration

SLA doctoral student Peter De Costa recently published From Refugee to Transformer: A Bourdieusian Take on a Hmong Learner's Trajectory in TESOL Quarterly and Language Ideologies and Standard English Language Policy in Singapore: Responses of a 'Designer Immigrant' Student in Language Policy.

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SLA Doctoral Student Chiharu Shima Awarded Univers Foundation Grant

SLA Doctoral Student Chiharu Shima has received a major research grant from the Univers Foundation to support fieldwork for her dissertation on the socialization of foreign healthcare providers from the Philippines and Indonesia into Japanese health care practices.

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Upcoming Events

2014 SLA Graduate Student Symposium

Friday, April 11 - Saturday, April 12, 2014
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Check out the symposium website for more information!

Invited Lecture: Content Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education

Michael Byram, Durham University
4:00 pm, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Learn more >

Invited Lecture: Changing Discourses in Native Speaker and Learner Talk

Dale Koike, University of Texas at Austin
4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 30, 2014
254 Van Hise Hall

Learn more>

Graduation Reception

2:00-4:00pm, Friday, May 16
1418 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive.

Join the SLA community in recognizing the achievements of its newest graduates. Cake and drinks will be served.

Ongoing Events/Series in 2013-14

Language Institute 2013-14 Lecture Series: Language Matters: Wisconsin and the World

Several SLA faculty will be giving talks for this new faculty lecture series. Most talks are scheduled at 5:00 pm on the first Monday of the month in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building (exception: talk by SLA faculty member Katrina Daly Thompson, 4:00 pm, February 3). View the schedule >

Spring 2014 Brownbag Series: Language Learning in ConTEXT

A series of brownbag discussions on approaches to teaching and learning language through TEXTS. Sponsored by the SLA PhD Program and the Language Institute. Brownbags scheduled for 12:00-1:00 pm on February 4, 17; March 7, 27; April 8, 28. View the schedule >

Coffee, Cake and Conversation with SLA Director Monika Chavez

All SLA students are warmly invited to drop by for coffee, informal conversation and sometimes even cake!11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Wednesdays (note the new day and time): January 29; February 12, 26; March 5, 26; April 9, 23; May 7. 1322 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive.

SLA Dissertator Writing Group

The SLA dissertator writing group will meet in 294 Van Hise Hall from 8:45-10:45 am on the following dates. SLA faculty will participate on Wednesday mornings: Wednesday, January 29 (Monika Chavez);Monday, February 10; Wednesday, February 26 (Richard Young); Wednesday, March 12; Wednesday, March 26 (Karen Evans-Romaine); Monday, April 7; Wednesday, April 23 (faculty TBD); Monday, May 5














































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