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 PhD Defenses

  • Bora Nam- April 8, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • John Rothgerber- April 30, 2020 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Danielle Daidone- May 1, 2020 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • William Allendorfer- May 6, 2020 1:00 - 4:00 pm
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  • Check out our updated weekly Colloquium schedule by clicking here.

News & Announcement

In compliance with the message from President Michael McRobbie, the SLS and IEP departments will be working remotely for the remainder of the Spring 2020 academic semester. All emails and calls should be directed to or 812-855-7951


  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Sun-Young Shin on his award from the IU ASEAN Gateway office! Dr. Shin will be presenting on English for Specific Purposes in Bangkok, Thailand on June 20, 2020!
  • Congratulations to Associate Professor, Dr. Debra Friedman on her award of Best Article for 2019 from the Journal of Second Language Writing! The article is"Citation as a social practice in a TESOL graduate program: A language socialization approach"
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig on her promotion to Provost Professor. To read about this exciting promotion, please visit this link!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Senyung Lee, SLS 2019 Graduate for being awarded the 2020 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation Examining the underlying constructs of L2 lexical collocation knowledge.

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  • 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.