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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

Workshop for SLA Students: Maximizing Library Resources for SLA Research

1:30-2:30pm, Friday, September 19
231 Memorial Library
Susan Barribeau, English Language Humanities Librarian, Memorial Library, with Dianna Murphy and Junko Mori, SLA Program

Description: This session will cover strategies for finding and using relevant databases for research in second language acquisition, including the LLBA but also going beyond that using Education Research Complete, PsycInfo, MLA Bibliography, SocINDEX, ProQuest Dissertations, etc. The session will demonstrate use of controlled subject headings and thesauri to make searching more efficient; it will also discuss how to interpret results, find full text articles and determine if the UW Libraries has a journal available online. Time permitting, we will also demo how to set up TOCs and research alerts, and how to save or email citations and results. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Dianna Murphy.

Invited Speaker: Dorothy Chun, University of California, Santa Barbara
Research in CALL: Basing Development and Use of Technology on SLA Principles

4:00-5:00pm, Monday, September 22, room 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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