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.



Friday, September 19th is Pedagogy Day in the SLAT Colloquium series; it will be held in ILC 137, from 1:30-2:30.


Pedagogy Day is a chance for all faculty interested in Pedagogy to meet the new students, the continuing students, and SLAT minors.  All of them are potential students in the various Applied Linguistics classes offered in our interdisciplinary program.  

The colloquium will have the following format: all Pedagogy faculty in attendance will introduce themselves and their teaching/research. Students will then have a chance to meet the faculty by going around the room and talking with them either singly or in small groups.  The colloquium is a wonderful informal opportunity for SLAT students to meet faculty and to talk about their interests.

We urge all Pedagogy faculty to attend.  

We hope to see you at one or more Area Days so that SLAT students can get to know SLAT faculty and SLAT faculty can get to know SLAT students!



Title: Exploring library resources, developing research strategies, and managing references



The main purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of how to conduct research using resources available through the University of Arizona Library. The intended audience is new or continuing graduate students who are majors or minors in SLAT who want to learn more about discovering library resources, developing effective research strategies, and using reference management tools. People from other departments are welcome, too. The main topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to, an overview of the UA Library homepage, the online SLAT subject guide, as well as several databases, e.g., Academic Search Complete, ERIC, Google Scholar, Proquest, and Web of Science. We will also provide a brief introduction to reference management tools, e.g., Mendeley and RefWorks. Finally, we will mention some free services that are available through the UA Library and provide research tips and strategies.


If any or all of these topics sound interesting to you, please come to this colloquium. Questions and comments from the audience will be welcome to hopefully make this event useful for all who attend. A librarian, Jill Newby, will also be there to help answer questions.



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


The March 2014 Newsletter has arrived! Check it out here!

Fall 2014 SLAT course offerings have been finalized as of September 10! Further questions can be directed to the SLAT Staff




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.



  • 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.