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

  • 10/20 - SLS Colloquium - Senyung Lee
  • 10/21 - IEP Tree ID Walk. 12:15-1:15pm, Ground floor patio of Ballantine
  • 10/24 - IEP Coffee Hour, 10:10-11:00AM, BH004
  • 10/25 - IEP Conversation Table. 12:20-1:10pm, Goodbody Hall Eatery
  • 10/31 - IEP Halloween Coffee Hour, 2:30-3:20PM, BH004
  • 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


  • Endangered Languages, Endangered Species
  • Associate Professor David Stringer has written a guest post for the IU Cinema's blog focusing on the upcoming film series "Biocultural Diversity - A Film Journey" which he has curated for the current IU Themester. Click here to read the article!
  • New Publication by Faculty and student co-author
  • Professor Kathllen Bardovi-Harlig and Ph.D student Sabrina Mossman have recently published, "The effect of corpus-based instruction on pragmatic routines" in Language Learning & Technology, 21. Clicking on the link will take you to the webpage for more information. Congratulations to both of them!
  • Three Films for the IU Themester
  • We are very excited to announce that we will be a part of IU's Themester this year; Diversity, Difference, Otherness. Working with Indiana University Cinema, Associate Professor David Stringer will be hosting a film series of three films over the course of October. These are "The Linguists" on October 9th, "The Shaman's Apprentice" on October 23, and "Baraka" on October 29. Come join us for three evenings of wonderful film and explorations into the current Themester

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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.