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

  • 3/28 IEP Language Table 12:20-1:10PM Forest Quad Food Court
  • 3/29 IEP Coffee Hour 3:35-4:25PM BH004
  • 4/3 IEP Grammar Circle 10:10-11:00AM MO112
  • 4/4 IEP Language Table 12:20-1:10PM Forest Quad Food Court
  • 4/5 IEP Coffee Hour 11:15-12:05AM BH004
  • 4/12 IEP Annual Bryan Park Picnic 4:00-7:00PM, Woodlawn Shelter, Bryan Park

News & Announcements

  • IEP Annual Picnic
  • Join us for the IEP Annual picnic in Bryan Park on Wednesday, April 12th. The picnic will take place at the Woodlawn Shelter. There will be soccer, frisbee, volleyball and outdoor fun. The menu will include BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, coleslaw and chocolate cake.
  • New Publication by Faculty
  • Congratulations to Dr. Yucel Yilmaz on the publication of Cognitive Individual Differences in Second Language Processing and Acquisition, edited by Gisela Granena, Daniel O. Jackson, and Yucel Yilmaz. The text includes work from SLS faculty Dr. Isabelle Darcy, current SLS PhD student Yilmaz Koylu, and SLS MA graduate Zachary Meyer!
  • New Publication by Faculty
  • Congratulations to Professor Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig and Professor César Félix-Brasdefer on their new publication Pragmatics and Language Learning, Volume 14 published by the National Foreign Language Resource Center. This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 2014 International Conference of Pragmatics and Language Learning at Indiana University.

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  • Click here for our weekly Colloquium schedule. Every Friday during the semester from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. in Ballantine Hall 103.
  • 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.