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

  • 7/15 - IEP Session Event - Trip to King's Island
  • 7/18 - IEP Language Table
  • 7/19 - 8:40 - 9:40AM Coffee Hour in BH 104
  • 7/21 - IEP Exams
  • 7/26 - IEP - Last Day of Classes
  • 7/28 - TOEFL Exams
  • 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

  • Student Publication
  • Congratulations to Yunwen Su, PhD Candidate in SLS on the publication of her article Su, Y., & Ren, W. (2017). Developing L2 Pragmatic Competence in Mandarin Chinese: Sequential Realization of Requests. Foreign Language Annals. doi: 10.1111/flan.12263
  • Have a great Summer!
  • We want to wish everyone a happy and relaxing summer! Starting May 15th the Main SLS Office will be going to summer hours. Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm and 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Enjoy the summertime!
  • Congratulations to PH.D Candidate Ala Simonchyk
  • She successfully defended her dissertation Thursday, May 4th! We wish Dr. Simonchyk all the best in her future endeavors!
  • Congratulations to Professor Sun Young Shin!
  • We want to extend our congratulations to Professor Sun Young Shin who has been appointed to tenure and promotion to Associate Professor! We greatly appreciate all your contributions to our department and to the university.

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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.