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 in SLS

  • April 23 - 25 The 20th International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning
  •  Spring 2020 Dissertation Defenses - stay tuned to see who is defending from SLS
  •  May 1, Spring 2020 Graduation Reception
  • Colloquim

  • Check out our updated weekly Colloquium schedule by clicking here. We will meet every Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. in Morrison Hall 007.

News & Announcement

  • 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 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.
  • Free English Conversation Classes for Adults:

    The Department of Second Language Studies is offering free English conversation classes for adults. Although we are unable to accommodate IU students, we welcome family members, visiting scholars, and all members of the community!

  • Classes are offered at all proficiency levels, i.e. beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
  • Classes are taught by students in the TESOL & Second Language Studies (SLS) programs at Indiana University.
  • Registration & placement test are required.

Date and time: February 11, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Place: Ballantine Hall, Room 142

  • Classes start: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30pm
  • Classes meet twice a week during the spring semester.

Days and times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30pm
Sessions: February 11 – March 12 and March 24 – April 23, 2020
For more information, please contact Dr. Beatrix Burghardt at or (812) 855-4974

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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.