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 2019-2020 SLAT PhD brochure.

Beatrice Dupuy
Professor of French and Applied Linguistics
Director, SLAT


New SLAT Students

Our new 2019 SLAT Students

SLAT Colloquium Speaker Series

SLAT Colloquium Speaker Series 2019-2020.

SLAT Meetings and Workshops

 CLICK HERE for a complete list of meetings and workshops for the academic year 2019-2020

Graduation News

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Graduates!

  • Chelsea Timlin Final Oral Defense

    April 3, 2020 10:00 am-11:00 am at

    Title: Talk about Texts:Interactional Literacies in Second Language Learning

    Committee members: Chantelle Warner (Chair), Beatrice Dupuy, Jonathan Reinhardt  

    (If you experience problems connecting, please email Kelley at

  • CANCELLED: SLAT Colloquium: Dr. Cherice Montgomery

    April 3, 2020 4:00 pm-5:00 pm at McClelland Hall, Room 131

    Title: Crafting Compelling Experiences: The Power of Design-based Pedagogies & 21 Century Skills in Immersive Language Learning Contexts

    Abstract: At various points in life, most people have been immersed in a powerful experience that has inspired intellectual change, supported personal transformation, or motivated social action. However, frequently, such deeply moving experiences take place outside formal classroom settings. This presentation explores the nature and design of compelling learning environments and experiences based on findings from research conducted in four different immersive language learning contexts (dual language immersion, foreign language student residences, online playable case studies, and project-based language learning). The presenter will share key pedagogical principles extracted from this research that instructors can mobilize to craft more meaningful language learning experiences for their own students. Join us in redefining what it means to teach, in transforming what it is possible for students to learn, and in discovering how to craft more compelling lives for ourselves in the process!

    This talk is offered in collaboration with CERCLL.

  • Jenna Altherr Flores's Dissertation Defense

    April 23, 2020 9:00 am-12:00 pm at Harvill 413

    Title: Literacy, Social Semiotics, and Multimodality: How Refugee-Background Adult L2 Learners with Emerging Literacy or Interrupted Education Make Meaning

    Committee Members: Dr. Chantelle Warner (Chair), Dr. Grace Fielder, Dr. Perry Gilmore

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.

Debbie Shon

Debbie Shon

Program Coordinator




Doctoral Students