Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
- Programs under this Major:
- Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD)
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Ph.D.Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching provides an instructional program to prepare researchers, teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators at all levels of instruction who are concerned with aspects of second language... Show Full Description
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Ph.D.Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching provides an instructional program to prepare researchers, teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators at all levels of instruction who are concerned with aspects of second language acquisition, learning, and teaching.
The 17 cooperating departments span four colleges, and include Anthropology; Classics; Cognitive Science; Disability & Psychoeducational Studies; East Asian Studies; Educational Psychology; English; French and Italian; German Studies; Linguistics; Mexican American Studies; Middle Eastern & North African Studies; Psychology; Russian and Slavic Studies; Spanish & Portuguese; Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences; Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies. Students may choose from specializations in four areas: (1) second language analysis (grammar; contrastive linguistics/interlanguage studies), (2) second language use (discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language policy/planning, rhetoric, pragmatics), (3) second language processes and learning (second/foreign language acquisition: theory and research), or (4) second language pedagogical theory and program administration (ESL/FL methods, curriculum development, testing and evaluation, reading and writing, educational technology).
Admission to the program is based on the following kinds of evidence: (1) excellent prior academic performance in a related field as indicated by a transcript; (2) three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s performance; (3) an example of the student’s scholarly writing on a topic related to the proposed area of study, or a critical review of a book which is relevant; and (4) GRE general test. In addition, a methods course specific to language teaching is prerequisite for all students, and the TOEFL examination is required of international students. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 64-67 units beyond the B.A./B.S. degree including 27 units of required courses, 18 units in one of the 4 areas of specialization, 9-12 units in a minor area of specialization, and 18 units of dissertation. It is anticipated that most students entering this degree program will hold the master’s degree. Up to 24 units of prior graduate-level course work which is judged by the committee to be comparable to required courses in this program may be counted toward the 64-67 total units. Core course requirements include linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and research methodology, as well as second language acquisition theory. A detailed listing of courses and alternatives is available from the program office.
Prospective Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying examination after entry into the program. Before formal admittance to candidacy all students must pass a comprehensive examination in both the major and minor field of study. A final examination is required following completion of the dissertation.Hide Description
Department: Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
- (520) 621-7391
- (520) 626-8022
- Mailing Address:
- Modern Languages 549, 1423 East University Blvd.
P.O Box 210067, Tucson, AZ 85721-0067
- Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, Technology in Second Language Teaching
Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD)
Standardized Test Requirements
Other Application Requirements
Minimum Credit Hours
Satisfactory Academic Progress Website
- 27 units of required core courses (including a three-unit SLAT Proseminar);
- 18 units in one of 4 areas of specialization;
- 9-12 units of minor;
- 18 units dissertation.
Total: 66 -75 Units
For more information about required courses, see http://slat.arizona.edu/current-students/slat-courses
Applicants may request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact TOEFL Services to request the mailing of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832. No departmental code is required for TOEFL submission as all scores are received centrally at the University of Arizona.
SLAT also has a second language proficiency requirement, described on page 23 of the SLAT handbook.
Other Requirements for Successful Completion of the Program
For the Academic Year 2012-2013
Program milestone Completion window
? Establish proficieny in a 2nd language _at entry ? by comps____
? Pass Qualifying Review _by end of 2nd semester_
? Complete/Submit SLAT Plan of Study _by 3rd sem ____________
? Complete/Submit Plan of Study to Grad College _by 3rd sem ____________
? Complete 2nd year workshop _at end of 4th sem _____
? Complete core and major course work _by 7th sem ____________
? Form Comps committee _by end of 7th sem______
? Submit SLAT Program Approval form _by November 7th sem____
? Submit SLAT Comps Approval form _30 days before comps __
? Complete PhD Comps _by end of 8th sem______
? Create dissertation committee _by end of 8th sem______
? File SLAT Dissertation Committee form _by end of 8th sem______
? File Committee Appt. form with Grad College _by end of 8th sem______
? Complete the PhD minor course work _by end of 9th sem______
? Present dissertation proposal _by end of 9th sem______
? Defend dissertation _by end of 10th sem_____
Students must meet all program requirements by published deadlines in order to remain in good standing. Students who are out of compliance with SLAT policy are ineligible for SLAT funding, including tuition support. Students who continue to be out of compliance with SLAT progress guidelines for more than 2 semesters may be asked to leave the program.
For program policy and requirements associated with each step towards the degree, please see the SLAT Handbook.
?3 units of SLAT 596Y (Proseminar),
?3 units of SLAT 615 (Theories of Second Language Acquisition) and
?6 other units of SLAT coursework approved by the SLAT graduate advisor
Please consult with the SLAT advisor before assuming any proposed coursework will be approved to apply to your program.