Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

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Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in SLAT at the University of Arizona! SLAT is the largest interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona in that it is associated with 5 colleges and 19 participating departments. The SLAT Ph.D. 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. More than 90 faculty members are affiliated with the SLAT Ph.D. program in which more than 80 students, both domestic and international, are currently enrolled.

The SLAT Ph.D. program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teacher-researchers, and administrators whose interests lie in second language acquisition and applied linguistics. We pride ourselves on the support we provide our students both in and out of the classroom. Our students graduate with the expertise that will allow them to make invaluable contributions to scholarship in the field. Since its inception in 1990, the SLAT program has graduated almost 600 students who have gone on to become leaders in their discipline, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

I invite you to explore the information provided on this website and encourage you to contact us by emailing your questions and comments to SLAT’s program coordinators, Ms. Kelley Merriam-Castro and Ms. Robin Staples. For a quick reference, you may download our 2017-2018 SLAT PhD brochure.

Beatrice Dupuy
Professor of French and Applied Linguistics
Director, SLAT


SLAT Colloquium, Fridays at 11 am in Harvill Room 140

Click here for the Spring 2018 SLAT Colloquium Schedule.

SLAT Workshops

 CLICK HERE for a complete list of workshops for the academic year 2017-2018

Graduation News

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Graduates!

  • CERCLL Sixth International Conference on Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

    January 25, 2018 12:00 am-11:59 pm at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, 245 East Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704, USA

    Keynote Presentation 
    Robert O’Dowd (University of León), Moving from Intercultural Contact to Intercultural Learning in Virtual Exchange

    Plenary Presentations 
    Alvino Fantini (SIT Graduate Institute), Exploring Intercultural Communicative Competence: Concepts, Components and Assessment (A Multinational Perspective)

    Chin-Sook Pak (Ball State University), Stories and Relationships that Awaken Us: Service/Community-Based Learning for Intercultural Competence

  • Michael Sayle Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

    January 31, 2018 9:00 am-10:00 am at Harvill Building, Room 315

    Title:  Figurative language processes in L2 Mandarin grammar: the interaction between structure and context/world knowledge

    Committee:  Drs. Liu Feng-hsi (Co-Chair), Linda Waugh (Co-Chair), and Heidi Harley.  

  • SLAT Colloquium

    February 2, 2018 11:00 am-12:00 pm at Harvill Buildng, Room 140


    Maredil Leon: Problematizing Teacher Training Programs and their role as principal enforcers of Standard Language Ideology

    Bruna Sommer Farias & Adrianna Picoral Scheidegger: Language Program Evaluation: Implementation and Insights

CONTACT OUR OFFICE : 520-621-7391

1103 E. 2nd Street Harvill 241 Tucson, AZ 85721-0076

Beatrice Dupuy

Beatrice Dupuy

SLAT Director

Kelley Merriam Castro

Kelley Merriam Castro

Program Coordinator, Sr.

Robin Staples

Robin Staples

Program Coordinator, Sr.




Doctoral Students