Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

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A Note from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in Second Language Studies at Indiana University. We offer unique programs of study that will put you in contact with outstanding scholars, where you can learn directly from faculty whose research has shaped basic understanding of second language acquisition. We offer opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in a range of areas. Whether you seek an undergraduate Minor in Second Language Studies, a TESOL Certificate, an MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, or an MA or Ph.D. in Second Language Studies, our department will provide an experience that will most certainly guide your professional career for years to come.

With very best wishes,

Laurent Dekydtspotter
Chair of Second Language Studies

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What We Offer

Two MA programs and a PhD program to train the next generation of foreign and second language professionals as both researchers and teachers

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An undergraduate minor to provide a firm foundation in second language acquisition. Review our Undergraduate Minor

An undergraduate certificate offering practical training that focuses on facilitating second language acquisition.

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An English Language Improvement Program for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and an Intensive English Program to prepare for study at English-speaking universities

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Upcoming Events

  • 11/14 - IEP Coffee Hour, 1:25 - 2:15PM, BH004
  • 11/17 - Guest Speaker - SLS Colloquium - Dr. Jenniver Cabrelli Amaro
  • 11/21 - No classes this week. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 11/29 - IEP Conversation Table. 12:20-1:10pm
  • 12/1 - SLS Colloquium - Senyung Lee, Yena Park, Dr. Sunyoung Shin
  • 12/1 - IEP Holiday Party, Tudor Room, Indiana Memorial Union
  • Colloquim

  • Click here for our weekly Colloquium schedule. Every Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. in Ballantine Hall 103.

News & Announcements


  • Guest Presenter Dr, Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro at our Colloquium on 11/17
  • We are happy to announce our guest speaker for our November 17th Colloquium. She is presenting “Developmental processes in L3 acquisition: From initial transfer to attrition” See our Colloquium page for the abstract and our Facebook page for more information!
  • SLS/IEP Instructors and SLS Students presenting at INTESOL
  • We will be in force at the upcoming INTESOL Conference in Indianapolis! Come join us and say hello if you are attending! Many of our SLS Faculty, IEP Instructors and SLS Students will be attending and presenting at the INTESOL Conference in Indianapolis this Saturday at the Marriott East Hotel. Head over to our Facebook page to see the full lineup!
  • SLS Faculty presenting at Boston Conference
  • Professor and Department Chair Laurent Dekydtspotter along with Michael Iverson, Charlene Gilbert Kate Miller, Kyle Swanson, Tania Leal and Isaiah Innis will be presenting "An ERP investigation of domain specificity: Clause-edge recursion in native and nonnative French" at the Boston University Conference on Language Development this weekend, November 3-5, 2017
  • Endangered Languages, Endangered Species
  • Associate Professor David Stringer has written a guest post for the IU Cinema's blog focusing on the upcoming film series "Biocultural Diversity - A Film Journey" which he has curated for the current IU Themester. Click here to read the article!

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  • Visiting Scholars

  • If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar please click here for more information.
  • The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.