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

  • 8/14 and 8/15 - August TEPAIC Testing
  • 8/14 thru 8/18 - IEP Orientation Week
  • 8/17 - August TEPAIC Appeal
  • 8/18 - 5:30 PM, New Student Welcome Reception
  • 8/21 - Fall classes and IEP classes begin
  • 9/4 - Labor Day
  • 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

  • Welcome to Fall 2017
  • We are just weeks away from the beginning of the Fall semester on August 21st. We hope everyone had an excellent summer and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.
  • New Student Welcome Reception
  • Our welcome reception for our new students is also our official kick off to a new academic year and the Fall semester. Join the faculty, students and staff in BH004 from 5:30 - 6:30 for snacks, drinks and friendship!
  • 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

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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.