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

  • 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


  • We've Moved!
  • We have completed our move from Ballantine Hall and can now be found in Morrison Hall, 2nd floor. Our main office is now in MO 216.
  • 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!
  • Congraulations Dr. Yilmaz!
  • We are excited to finally announce the news! Second Language Studies faculty member Dr. Yucel Yilmaz has received his appointment with tenure and has been promoted to Associate Professor within the department.
  • Join us for our first colloquium of Spring 2018!
  • SLS Ph.D Candidate Becky Halloran Gonzalez will be presenting, "“How does meaning affect structure? A look at the syntax and L2 acquisition of Spanish psych verbs." Check out more information in the Colloquium link below!
  • Welcome back for Spring 2018
  • We hope everyone has enjoyed their Winter break and we want to welcome you back to the campus for the Spring 2018 semester. Classes begin January 8th!

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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.