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

  • 8/22/16 - IU Classes begin for Fall 2016.
  • 8/31/16 - 3:35 - 4:25 P.M. IEP Coffee Hour in Ballantine Hall 004. (Meet IEP students and teachers and practice your coffee skills. Donuts, cookies, fruit and coffee provided.
  • 9/2/16 SLS Colloquium, 2:30 PM, Ballantine Hall 103
  • Dissertation Defense for Hyun Jin Kim. Sentence Processing and the L2 Acquisition of the Semantics and Discourse Function of the English Past Progressive

News & Announcements

  • Welcome to Fall 2016 at Indiana University!
  • We want to wish all of our incoming students a warm welcome to the Bloomington campus. Good luck with your first week of classes and have a great semester!
  • Welcome to our new site!
    Welcome to the new web home for the Department of Second Language Studies!
  • May was Moving Month
    We have moved from our old home of Memorial Hall and over to the 8th floor of Ballantine Hall! You can find us in Ballantine 802 and the Intensive English Program in Ballantine 804. Come say, "Hello!"
  • Graduates for 2016
    At the end of Spring 2016 we held our last graduate reception at our old home of Memorial Hall. Congratulations to our Masters, TESOL and Ph.D. graduates!

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.