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 2014-2015 SLAT PhD brochure is available here!



SLAT has moved to a new location in Harvill Building

Our administrative offices have moved from Modern Languages Building to Harvill, Room 241.  We are now housed with CERCLL.  We are still unpacking boxes, and we have yet to set our office hours, but feel free to drop by and say hello.  Please email Kelley (kmerriam@email.arizona.edu) or Robin (rstaples@email.arizona.edu) before you walk over, to make sure that we are in the office.  

SLAT Transitions to A New Chair

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. 

SLAT Newsletter

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

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 Publication

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.


Spring 2016 Courses are now available. See our courses page for more info!

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

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!

Other Student News

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 ALL of our 2015 SLAT Graduates! We are so proud of you! 

Iqbal Al Balushi
Karen Barto 
Tamara MC 
Kristen Michelson 
Timothy Murphy 
Robert Poole
Paul Renigar, Jr.
Yasumasa Shigenaga
Osman Solmaz
John J. Viafara Gonzalez


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.