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Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) in the Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The SLA PhD Program is directed by Monika Chavez, Department of German; Margaret Hawkins, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is associate director.

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. Graduates of the the SLA Program 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. Learn more >

In the News

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Congratulations, SLA graduates!

The Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition is delighted to celebrate nine graduates in the 2013-14 academic year! Faculty, staff and students in the SLA community gathered on May 16 prior to the commencement ceremony to sing the praises of each graduate. Learn more>


 

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Martha Bigelow (University of Minnesota) to give talk Print literacy, L2 Peer Interaction, and Curriculum in an Immigrant High School.

On Wednesday, May 7, 3-4pm, Prof. Bigelow share research from an ethnographic research project in a newcomer ESL reading classroom in an all-immigrant high school. Sponsored by the School of Education. Learn more>

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Professor Dale Koike (University of Texas) to Give Talk "Changing Frames in Native Speaker and Learner Talk"

The SLA program is pleased to welcome Professor Dale Koike, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, for an invited talk on campus on Wednesday, April 30 at 4:00pm in room 254, Van Hise Hall entitled "Changing Frames in Native Speaker and Learner Talk: Moving Toward a Dynamic 'Shared Repertoire.' Prof. Koike has also kindly agreed to meet with graduate students for informal conversation at 1pm on Thursday, May 1. Learn more>

 

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Congratulations to SLA Student Snezhana Zheltoukhova!

SLA student Snezhana Zheltoukhova will receive the 2014 NFMLTA-NCOLCTL Research Award to support her dissertation research on Tutoring in a Russian Flagship Program: Student and Tutor Perceptions and Their Organizational Representation (co-advisors Karen Evans-Romaine and Francois Tochon). The award is for for graduate students working in a less commonly taught language who are at the dissertation data-gathering and writing stages. Snezhana will receive the award at the Walton Award Dinner on Friday, April 25 at the NCOLCTL Conference in Chicago.

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Michael Byram to Give Talk on Content Based Instruction

Scholar Michael Byram (emeritus professor, University of Durham, U.K.) will be on the UW-Madison campus on Thursday, April 17 for a talk entitled "Content Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education." Read more>

Sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition, with Department of African Languages and Literature, Department of German, Language Institute, and Department of Slavic Languages and Literature.

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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 Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition and Language Institute.

Learn more>

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Travel and Dissertation Research Grants for SLA PhD Majors

The SLA PhD Program is pleased offer travel grants for SLA students give presentations at academic conferences and small dissertation research grants for SLA majors with an approved dissertation proposal.

Learn more about the travel grant >
Learn more about the dissertation grant >

 

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Upcoming Events

Orientation for Incoming SLA Students and Welcome Back Reception

Friday, September 5, in room 1418, Van Hise Hall

2:00-3:00pm: Orientation for Incoming Students

3:00-4:00pm: Welcome (Back) Reception (for faculty and all current and incoming SLA students)

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
More information coming soon!

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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