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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 in 2014-15 by Junko Mori, Department of East Asian Languages & Literature.

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

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

Join us for the fall brownbag series!

Brownbags will take place 12:00-1:00pm in 1418 Van Hise Hall

Wednesday, October 15

Blended Learning
Tuesday, October 28

Course Sharing
Tuesday, November 11

Critical Reader
Thursday, December 4

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Research in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL):  Basing Development and Use of Technology on SLA Principles

Dorothy Chun, University of California, Santa Barbara

Monday, September 22
154 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive

Join the SLA program for the first event in the its 2014-15 Technology Assisted Language Learning and Teaching Series.

About the talk:

In this talk I would like to share some of my experiences as a Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) researcher and as the Editor of the online journal Language Learning and Technology for the last 15 years. Learn more>

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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>



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.


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>


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 >


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):

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)

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

MOOCs and Beyond

Ed Dixon, University of Pennsylvania
4:00pm, Thursday, February 5, 2015
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

















































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