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

  • 2/1 - SLS Colloquium - Professional Development
  • 2/5 - IEP Language Table 12:20 - 1:10PM
  • 2/6 - IEP Coffee Hour 1:25-2:25PM
  • 2/8 - IEP Pizza and Bowling at IMU
  • 2/8 - SLS Colloquium - Student Showcase
  • 2/15 - SLS Colloquium - Professional Development
  • 2/22 - SLS Colloquium - Paul Richards
  • 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


  • 2/15 - Teaching Undergraduate SLS Courses
  • Another Colloquium in our Professional Development series. Come join us in BH 103 from 2:30 - 4:00PM, Friday, Feb. 15th
  • Join us for our first colloquium of Spring 2019!
  • Feb. 1st our first colloquium features a professional development focus with key members of our faculty on professional conferences.
  • Congratulation to Megan Connolly
  • More reasons to celebrate! We are happy to announce Lecturer Megan Connolly was just awarded the 2018 IU Trustees Teaching Award in the Non-Tenure Track At-Large Faculty group! We are very proud to have Megan on our faculty team!

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  • 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.