Second Language Acquisition

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Graduate degree: PhD in second language acquisition

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Website: https://flare.uiowa.edu/graduate/phd-second-language-acquisition

Second language acquisition (SLA) is a multidisciplinary field whose goal is to understand the processes that underlie non-native language learning. The doctoral program in second language acquisition draws from varied academic disciplines, among them linguistics, psychology, psycholinguistics, sociology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, and education.

The interdisciplinary PhD in second language acquisition is sponsored by Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE). More than 20 faculty members affiliated with SLA are drawn from various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education.

Three students collaborating in class.

Second Language Acquisition is one of the units in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.