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.



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

The SLAT and ELL departments have an open position as an Assistant Professor in English specializing in socially-informed SLA theory and L2 pedagogy! Apply here.

Fall 2014 SLAT course offerings have been updated as of March 27! Locations, times, and instructors will be updated on a rolling basis.

Check out the February 2013 SLAT Newsletter. Take a look at what our students and alumni have been up to!



Our last colloquium of the semester will feature Dr Jon Reinhardt, SLAT faculty.  He will present on Developing a Research Agenda for Digital game-based L2 Learning.  The colloquium will take place on Friday April 25, 1:30-2:30 in Education 333.  The abstract follows.  This will undoubtedly be an interesting presentation!



Developing a research agenda for digital game-based L2 learning

Taking cues from researchers in educational gaming (e.g. Squire, 2008) and games studies (e.g. Salen & Zimmerman, 2005), applied linguists and language educators have begun to examine digital games as potential foreign or second (L2) learning resources (Gee, 2003; Thorne, 2008; Thorne, Black, & Sykes, 2009; Sykes and Reinhardt, 2012). A recent research synthesis (Reinhardt, 2013) of several dozen studies found that researchers so far have applied traditional computer-assisted language learning frameworks and parameters, reflecting theoretical and methodological diversity, but also that they have been challenged by some unique qualities of games, like goal orientation and learner-player agency.


Based on this synthesis and other overviews of the field (Peterson, 2010; Filsecker & Bündgens-Kosten, 2012; Reinhardt & Sykes, 2012; Cornillie, Thorne, & Desmet, 2012; Sykes & Reinhardt, 2012), this talk outlines an applied linguistics-informed research agenda for the young field of digital game-based language learning, and identifies developing trends, contributions, lacunae, and opportunities. Empirical research so far has tended to take player-oriented, pedagogy-oriented, and game element-oriented perspectives, with commensurate theoretical and methodological frameworks. Research purposes have included informing the future development of L2 learning games, using non-educational games for L2 learning, and applying ‘gamification’ dynamics into L2 learning environments. Each perspective, framework, and purpose presents familiar and unique challenges to the applied linguist with regards to choice of framework and research outcome.

If you would like to access resources made available from current or previous colloquia, visit our Colloquium Resources page.



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  • 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!

  • Congratulations to Mahmoud Azaz for winning the 2013 Graduate & Professional Student Council’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!

    Mahmoud Azaz won first place out of almost 80 students whom were nomitated for an award. Each year, during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, the GPSC recognizes graduate and professional students, staff, and faculty that have made outstanding contributions to the campus and, in particular, to graduate education. People took the time to nominate their friends, peers, mentors, colleagues, and students. The awards are very competitive and there were many deserving individuals on campus. Each of the winners received a certificate and $100 and the runners-up received a certificate and $50. Congratulations Mahmoud!

  • Check out the February 2013 SLAT Alumni Connection Newsletter. Take a look at what our students and alumni have been up to!

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  • 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.