University of Arizona

Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT)

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The Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Program prepares researchers, teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators who are concerned with aspects of second language learning and teaching. The interdisciplinary structure of SLAT facilitates scholarly communication and collaboration across disciplinary, departmental, and college boundaries, and our core curriculum offers a broad introduction to many disciplines. SLAT students work with faculty in such diverse fields as ESL; foreign language and area studies; linguistics; psychology; anthropology; language, reading, and culture; cognitive science; special education; educational technology and others. 

Doctoral students in SLAT specialize in one of four areas: linguistic analysis, use (social, cultural, and discursive factors), psycholinguistic processes and learning, or pedagogical theory and program administration. Graduate Certificate students specialize in the use of technology in language teaching and learning.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Kelley Merriam-Castro and/or Robin Staples
GIDP in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT)
The University of Arizona
1103 E. 2nd Street Harvill 241
Tucson, AZ 85721-0076
(520) 621-7391

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