About SLAT

The SLAT doctoral program is an interdisciplinary program with 79 faculty members located in 17 collaborating departments. The program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teachers, and administrators concerned with second language learning and teaching.  The SLAT Program has been recognized nationally as a superior interdisciplinary program. Several of our participating departments have been ranked in the top ten in the country, including Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Would you like more information? The 2015-2016 SLAT PhD brochure is available here!






Dear SLAT Community,


We managed to reschedule the 'Job Talk’ session, which will be the last one for this year! This talk will be led by Dr. Ana Carvalho, Dr. Paul Renigar, and Bonnie Holmes. We will be meeting at our usual room Psych 306, from 1:30 - 2:30 on April 22nd.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Wid Allehaiby and Mariela Lopez

SLAT Colloquium Organizers



SLAT Newsletter: Alumni Connection

The Fall 2015 newsletter is available here!

New MA in Second Language Learning and Educational Technology

SLAT introduces an innovative new MA program :  Second Language Learning and Educational Technology.  This program trains second language professionals (foreign language as well as English as a second language) in the design and implementation of online and blended teaching materials.  Please see our webpage for more information:  http://slat.arizona.edu/ma-sllet

Recent Faculty Publications

Congratulations to two SLAT faculty members, Leisy Wyman and Sheilah Nicholas, on a new book published in 2014, Indigenous Youth and Multilingualism: Language Identity, Ideology, and Practice in Dynamic Cultural Worlds! See more information at the publication site here!

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SLAT ALUMNI: Join our alumni listserv!  We circulate relevent announcements and our periodic newsletter on this low-traffic but informational list. Please contact the office at (520) 621-7391 or GIDP-SLAT@email.arizona.edu if you would like to be added to the Alumni email list.



Congratulations to Jenna Altherr Flores, who has been given the Writing Program Fellowship Award from the English Department!


SLAT would like to congratulate Jenna Altherr Flores on her appointment as Chair-Elect of the Refugee Concerns Interest Section of TESOL International! We are proud! 


Congratulations to our new Fall and Winter graduates: 

Christine Palumbo

Fahd Alalwi

Rachel Kraut

Karim Shaker Ibrahim

Steve Przymus

Jinjing Zhao


Student Awards

We would like to announce that Robert Poole has been awarded the University of Arizona Foundation Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Teaching Award for Spring 2015! Congratulations from SLAT!

Congratulations to Linda Lemus on being awarded an Outstanding GIDP GTA award for 2014-2015! Way to represent SLAT well!

Congratulations to Alan Kohler for receiving the Julie Christakis DeFazio Excellence in Teaching Award! We are proud of you!

Congratulations to Merica McNeil, who was awarded Best Presentation at AZCALL 2015 in Tempe!

Alan Kohler has been awarded the Ruth Gardner Excellence in Teaching Award from the English Department.  This award is given to a first year GAT in the Writing Program.

Alan Kohler has also been awarded the Richard "Dick" Roberts Scholarship for Service and Dedication to the University from ASUA.  This award is based on scholarship, leadership, and service to the UA Community.

Congratulations to JinJing Zhao, who has been awarded a Research and Project Grant from the Graduate and Professional Student Council!


Student Publications

We are very pleased to announce that Stefano Maranzana has been published by the South Atlantic Review! His MA thesis can be found in SAR's  special issue, "Text as Memoir, part II". The title is "Honor and Shame in the Italian Colony: The Diary of Camillo Cianfarra.", and the work details first hand experience of New York's Little Italy's in the last years of the 1890's. Congratulations to Stefano! 

Christine Palumbo recently published a Book Review:  Review of the book, The Development of the Grammatical System in Early Second Lanugage Acquisition, The Multiple Constraints Hypothesis, by Lenzig, Anke.  Contemporary Pyschology, John Benjamins Publishing Co.:  24.4283.

Osman Solmaz has published a book review of Discourse of Twitter and Social Media: How We Use Language to Create Affiliation on the Web, Edited by Michele Zappavigna.  You can read the review in CALICO at this website: http://journals.sfu.ca/CALICO/index.php/calico/article/view/1090/924.  Congratulations Osman!

Congratulations to Joshua Tanner, who has co-authored an article that has appeared in the Foreign Language Annals! See more here!



Looking for a language tutor? We regularly get this question in the SLAT office.  You may contact a SLAT graduate student to arrange independent one-on-one language instruction.  Please see the Language Tutors page.



  • The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) offers a variety of tutoring options to help improve English language writing, grammar, testing and presentation skills.  See www.cesl.arizona.edu or email esltutor@email.arizona.edu for more information.
  • Online Basic TEFL Program at CESL:   The University of Arizona's Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) is an established leader in English language teacher training with decades of experience in the US and abroad.  In the coming months, CESL will once again be administering its unique online teacher training course for certification to 'Teach English as a Foreign Language' (TEFL).  Visit http://www.cesl.arizona.edu/TeacherTraining.htm for details. 



Last updated 22 Apr 2016