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.



Dear All,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Peterson is unable to present at the Colloquium this week, so there is no colloquium on Friday, May 1, 2015. 


It was a pleasure to collaborate with all of you.





SLAT is happy to announce that Dr. Beatrice Dupuy has accepted the offer to become Chair of the SLAT GIDP! We are excited to welcome her leadership beginning this December. 

Fall 2015 Courses are now available. See our courses page for more info!

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

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!


We would like to congratulate Kristen Michelson on her recent employment at the University of Oklahoma as an Assistant Professor of French! Best wishes and kudos from SLAT!


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


The Fall 2014 SLAT Newsletter has arrived! Special thanks to alumna M'Balia Thomas and current SLAT student Heather Smyser for their contributions-- read it here


Need more to peruse? The 2014-2015 SLAT PhD brochure is available too! Click here


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


Congratulations to ALL of our 2014 SLAT Graduates! We are so proud of you! 

Kathlyn Spires Diaz
Mike Childs
M'Balia Thomas 
Soomin Jwa 
Mohammed Tamimi 
Mahmoud Azaz 
Jose Aldemar Valencia 
Kristin Helland 
Katie Burns 
Brian Hibbs
Robert Cote
Sonja Fordham




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.



  • Yoshiko Okuyama, a SLAT graduate and a current associate professor at the University of Hawai'i Hilo, will be visiting in April! See the flyer on her recent publication, Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film and Anime, here!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Tamara Boyens and Christopher Vasquez-Wright, both current SLAT students, have been named Outstanding GTAs for the 2013-2014 year! Congratulations!

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

  • SLAT would like to congratulate Katie Christoffersen on her most recent publication, "An ecological view of language choice in a bilingual program: A dynamic model of social structures," in the latest edition of Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (V 28, #2, 2013). 

  • The Graduate and Professional Student Council awarded two SLAT students in the "Humanities, Literature, & Languages" category at the 2013 GSPC Student Showcase!

    1st Place Graduate:

    Christian Ruvalcaba - L2 Acquisition of English's Double-Object Construction by native Spanish speakers

    2nd Place Graduate:

    Yasumasa Shigenaga - Processing of Japanese two-kanji compounds:  A preliminary investigation through lexical decision tasks

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

  • We are proud to announce that Mahmoud  Azaz's work entitled Metacoginitive Processes in L2 has been awarded the Top Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2013 Proposal Award at Provo, Utah! The selection was very competitive. 7 out of 450 abstracts were selected based on the reviewer's comments. Those who obtained the award received a travel grant and a certificate of achievement from SLRF's committee 2013. 

  • Congratulations to two SLAT faculty members, Leisy Wyman and Sheilah Nicholas, on a new publication due out 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. 


  • 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.