|Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education|
|Alternate Name:||PhD in SLA|
|Institution:||University of Iowa|
|Address:||1111 University Capitol Center|
|The University of Iowa|
|Application Deadline:||January 15|
|Contact Person:||Elena Osinsky , Mrs.|
|Language/Language Family Specialization(s):||
|Program Size:||Medium (11-25 students)|
Second Language Acquisition (SLA) is a multidisciplinary field whose goal is to understand the processes that underlie the learning of a non-native language. Second language acquisition draws from a variety of academic disciplines, among them linguistics, psychology, psycholinguistics, sociology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, and education.
The Ph.D. in SLA is an interdisciplinary degree offered by FLARE (Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education). Students interested in the Ph.D. must have completed the M.A. in an appropriate field (e.g., Linguistics, Foreign Language Education, TESOL/ESL) or have equivalent academic experience. Admission is for the fall semester and students are admitted on a full-time basis only. The Ph.D. in SLA offered by FLARE focuses on languages other than English. Students may pursue their interdisciplinary interests in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Departments of Asian Languages and Literature, French and Italian, German, Linguistics, Rhetoric, Spanish and Portuguese, and Speech Pathology and Audiology, and the College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, and Teaching and Learning. There are more than 20 associated faculty members in these and other departments with whom students may study. Areas of specialization involve Linguistics, Language Program Direction and Technology. For more information, see our website.
|Available Financial Aid:||Teaching assistantships are available. These assistantships usually involve teaching elementary or intermediate language courses (other than English as a second language). FLARE also has a limited number of research assistantships. In general, assistantship holders are classified as residents for fee purposes for the terms during which their appointments are held and any adjacent summer sessions in which they are enrolled.|
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