Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

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Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona!  SLAT is home to some of the most innovative and creative work around teaching multiple languages to multiple types of students in multiple contexts.  We hope you will find resources throughout this site to explore opportunities to apply to study with us or to start a collaborative research partnership or engagement initiative with us.

Being an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona means that our work reaches across traditional boundaries of all types and that organizationally, we are associated with five colleges at the UA.  Our faculty are more than 90 in number and bring expertise from more than 19 academic departments, many of which are nationally ranked.  Across our cohorts, our students hail from all over the world and the U.S. Admission to our program is highly competitive as we work to maintain small class sizes and a strong advisory support system with each student having two faculty mentors and a faculty advisor.

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. Our students choose from a range of majors in Instructional, Linguistic, Cognitive, and Sociocultural Dimensions and a minor in these areas or in Language Program Administration or Technology and Second Language Teaching.  We offer graduate certificate programs as well.  Additionally, our students have access to numerous professional development resources, research lectures, and a network of alumni.  Our program diversity allows students to create a meaningful, individual pathway to their chosen future careers.

Our students graduate with the expertise that will allow them to make invaluable contributions to students and research in Applied Linguistics.   Since our start in 1990, the SLAT program has graduated almost 600 students who have gone on to become leaders in their discipline, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Graduates regularly place into tenure-track academic careers and teaching positions as well as into innovative careers in non-profit development work, governmental positions, publishing work, and even corporate cutting-edge educational technological careers.

I invite you to explore this website.  For a quick reference, you may download our SLAT PhD Program brochure. I encourage you to reach out to us by emailing your questions and ideas to SLAT’s program coordinator, Debbie Shon, or to me.

Suzanne Panferov Reese, Ph.D.

Chair, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
Associate Specialist Professor, Public and Applied Humanities


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New SLAT Students

The Fall 2021 Incoming SLAT Cohort

SLAT Colloquium Speaker Series

SLAT Colloquium Speaker Series 2021-2022.

  • SLAT Webinar: Opportunities for Engagement With CERCLL

    September 23, 2021 4:30 pm-5:30 pm at Zoom

    Panelists: Dr. Beatrice Dupuy, Kate Mackay, and Mariana Centanin Bertho

    Moderator: Nina Conrad, 4th-year SLAT Ph.D. Candidate

    Panelist Bios
    Dr. Beatrice Dupuy is Co-Director of CERCLL, and a Professor in the French & Italian Department, the Public & Applied Humanities Department, and the SLAT Program. Her research focuses on instantiation of multiliteracies approaches in Foreign Language curricula and instruction, the professional learning of Foreign Language teachers framed within these approaches, and collaborative meaning-making through digital social annotated reading and viewing.

    As Associate Director of CERCLL, Kate Mackay designs professional development opportunities for K-16 educators, and supports administration of language pedagogy and research projects funded by CERCLL's Language Resource Center grant.

    Mariana Centanin Bertho is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student in SLAT. She was awarded the CERCLL Graduate Fellowship in 2021 to develop listening and speaking materials for the Portuguese Program. She has also presented CERCLL webinars with the MACAWS research team.

    Please email for the Zoom information.

  • Writing Efficiency Sessions

    September 28, 2021 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at Zoom

    Facilitated by SLAT students Rachel Floyd and Sophie Park. Please contact to get the Zoom details.

  • WSIP Workshop: The Literature Review

    October 1, 2021 1:30 pm-2:30 pm at Zoom

    This workshop will go over tips on the efficient use of online research tools for biographies.

    Presented by: Writing Skills Improvement Program staff

CONTACT OUR OFFICE : 520-621-7391

1103 E. 2nd Street Harvill 241 Tucson, AZ 85721-0076

Suzanne Panferov Reese

Suzanne Panferov Reese

SLAT Chair

Debbie Shon

Debbie Shon

Program Coordinator




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