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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 36-credit program for the doctoral major are a three-course introductory sequence, two required courses in Research Design and Methodology, and three courses in one of three areas of specialization:

(1) Second Language Analysis and Use
(2) Second Language Processes and Learning
(3) Second Language Pedagogical Theory and Postsecondary Instruction.

The 36-credits also include a four-course minor in an area such as a foreign language, literature, culture, and/or linguistics; nonnative varieties of English; bilingualism/multi-cultural education; or language contact.

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

Invited Lecture: Changing Frames in Native Speaker and Learner Talk: Moving Towards a Dynamic 'Shared Repertoire'

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

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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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