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 coordinator, Ms. Kelley Merriam-Castro. For a quick reference, you may download our 2018-2019 SLAT PhD brochure.

Beatrice Dupuy
Professor of French and Applied Linguistics
Director, SLAT


New SLAT Students

Our new 2018 SLAT Students

SLAT Lecture Series

SLAT Lecture Series 2018-2019.

SLAT Meetings and Workshops

 CLICK HERE for a complete list of meetings and workshops for the academic year 2018-2019

Graduation News

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Graduates!

  • Tahnee Bucher Barbosa da Silva Dissertation Proposal Presentation

    February 22, 2019 8:30 am-9:30 am at Harvill 209

    Proposal Title: Assessing Language Assessment Literacy in Intensive English Programs across the United States

    Committee Members: Dr. Beatrice Dupuy (chair), Dr. Nick Ferdinandt, Dr. Eddy White, Dr. Peter Ecke

  • Wid Allehaiby's Dissertation Defense

    February 22, 2019 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at Harvill 319

    Title: “Awe No Please Love Us”: Exploring L2 Teachers and Learners’ Perceptions of Online Intercultural (Im)politeness

    Committee members: Chantelle Warner (Chair), Peter Ecke, Mary Wildner-Bassett, and Chris Johnson

  • SLAT Workshop: Practice Conference Talk

    February 22, 2019 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at

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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