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SLA Ph.D. Major

The Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prepares students to research and teach in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of SLA.

The community of faculty and students affiliated with the SLA Program is a vibrant and supportive group representing many languages, as well as many departments and schools on the UW-Madison campus.

Included in the 51-credit program for the doctoral major are two required, introductory courses; two required courses in research methods; an "emphasis" (6 credits minimum); elective courses; and the dissertation.

Detailed information about the requirements for the doctoral major is included in the SLA Student Handbook.

Graduates of the SLA Program will pursue careers in many different fields, including linguistics, language planning and policy, language program direction and administration and foreign language teaching. Many of the Ph.D. degree recipients will seek careers in language education or as coordinators or directors of language programs, especially at the post-secondary level. Graduates will also seek positions in Ph.D. programs with an SLA research emphasis.

Upcoming Events

2014-15 SLA Series: Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning

Fall Brownbag discussions (all will take place 12:00-1:00pm, 1418 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive):

October 15: Telecollaboration
With featured discussants B.J. Lim (Department of East Asian Languages & Literature) and Anna Tumarkin (Department of Slavic Languages & Literature)

October 28: Blended Learning
With featured discussants Julie Allen (Department of Scandinavian Studies), Matthew H. Brown (Department of African Languages & Literature), and Ryan Schroth (Department of French & Italian)

November 11: Course Sharing
With featured discussants Erlin Barnard (Languages & Cultures of Asia), Jampa Khedup (Languages & Cultures of Asia), Dian Mawene (Languages & Cultures of Asia), Ewa Miernowska (Department of Slavic Languages & Literature), and Fatemeh Mirsharifi (Languages & Cultures of Asia)

December 4: Using the Critical Reader
With featured discussants Blaire Bundy (Division of Information Technology), Jan Miernowski (Department of French & Italian), Steel Wagstaff (Learning Support Services)

"Until I Became a Professional, I Was Not Consciously Indigenous": One Intercultural Bilingual Educator's Trajectory in Indigenous Language Revitalization

Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania
4:00 pm, Thursday, October 23
254 Van Hise Hall
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Fall 2014 Lunchtime Chats with SLA Faculty

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm, in the Language Institute: 1322 Van Hise Hall, on the following dates:
September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 12, December 3.


Fall 2014 SLA Steering Committee Meetings

Retreat: Friday, August 29, 10:00am-4:00pm, location TBD

Regular meetings: Wednesday, 1:00-3:00pm, room 1418, Van Hise Hall, on the following dates:
September 24, October 22, December 3


















































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