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 2018-2019 SLAT PhD brochure.

Beatrice Dupuy
Professor of French and Applied Linguistics
Director, SLAT


New SLAT Students

Our New SLAT Students for Fall 2018   Students from left to right and where they are from: Jaime Mejia Mayorga, Honduras Jorge Mejia,...

SLAT Lecture Series

SLAT Lecture Series 2018-2019. Coming soon!

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 2017-2018 Graduates!

  • Dunja Radojkovic Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense

    September 24, 2018 10:00 am-11:00 am at Music Building, room 204

    Serbian Migrant EFL Teachers – The Case of Intercultural Learning and Teaching

    Committee: Drs. Chantelle Warner (chair), Beatrice Dupuy, Hayriye Kati-Aydar, and David Gramling.

  • Borbi Gaspar Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense

    September 25, 2018 12:30 pm-1:30 pm at Psychology Building, Room 206

    Title: Perceptions and conceptions of foreign language learners of Italian in institutional and societal discourses

    Committee: Drs. Wenhao Diao (co-Chair), Chantelle Warner (co-Chair), Aileen Astorga Feng, and Grace Fielder

  • Angel Steadman Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense

    September 27, 2018 10:00 am-11:00 am at Harvill Building, Room 223

    Title: Raising the Curtain: Narrated and Performed Identities in Online Language Teacher Education

    Committee: Drs. Hayriye Kayi-Aydar (Chair), Beatrice Dupuy, Grace Fielder, Perry Gilmore, and Manka Varghese (special member).

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