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

  • 11/4 - 11/6 The SLS Department will be co-hosting the 3rd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association at the Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University Campus, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • 12/5 - 12/9/16 Last week of classes for the Fall 2016 Term.
  • 12/6/16 IEP Language Table, 5:30-7:00PM at the IMU Food Court.
  • 12/9/16 Professor David Stringer will be presenting at our Colloquium. See the schedule at the right for more information.
  • 12/9/16 IEP TOEFL Exam
  • 12/12 - 12/16/16 - Indiana University Finals Week
  • 12/19 - 12/30/16 - Indiana University Winter Break
  • 1/9/2017 - Spring 2017 Classes begin

News & Announcements

  • Colloquium Presentation by Professor David Stringer
  • Professor David Stringer will be presenting Adjective ordering restrictions in L2 acquisition: Implicit and explicit knowledge of a proposed universal hierarchy at our last colloquium for the Fall 2016 term on Friday, December 9th.


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