LINGUIST List 21.4516

Wed Nov 10 2010

Support: Applied Ling, Second Lang Acquisition: PhD Student, U. of Iowa

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        1.     Roumyana Slabakova , Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, University of Iowa, USA

Message 1: Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, University of Iowa, USA
Date: 08-Nov-2010
From: Roumyana Slabakova <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, University of Iowa, USA
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Institution/Organization: University of Iowa Department: FLARE/the SLA PhD program Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Teaching

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition Second Language Acquisition, CALL, Language Program Direction

Teaching Assistantships Available for Students Interested in PhD in SecondLanguage Acquisition

The PhD program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Iowasolicits applications for 4 positions beginning fall 2010 for graduate studentsinterested in obtaining a PhD in SLA with focus on Linguistics, LanguageProgram Direction, or Technology/CALL. Students interested in the PhD musthave completed the MA in an appropriate field (e.g., Linguistics, ForeignLanguage Education). Admission is for the fall semester and students areadmitted on a full-time basis only. The PhD in SLA offered by thisinterdisciplinary program focuses on languages other than English.

Areas of Specialization:

SLA with specialization in linguistics: Students in this specialization area areinterested in studying areas of formal linguistics (e.g., syntax, phonology,morphology) and/or applied linguistics issues related to their particularsecond language (L2) focus. Sample student projects and foci within this areaof SLA include topics such as the acquisition of the syntactic structuresand/or phonological features of an L2, generative and cognitive approachesto explain acquisition. For more research projects see

SLA with specialization in language program direction: Students opting forthis specialization area are interested in issues where SLA and L2 pedagogyconverge. Some examples of areas of interest in this track include issuesrelated to L2 acquisition in the classroom context, language acquisition inthe study abroad context, SLA research related to one of the four skills(reading, writing, listening, speaking), and the acquisition of pragmaticcompetence.

SLA with specialization in technology: The third specialization area focuseson the many aspects of technology and how it facilitates second languageacquisition. Students who specialize in technology might take courses thatfocus on design issues, the use of multimedia and L2 learning, web-basedlearning and its effect on acquisition, developing software or multimediamodules tailored to a specific L2.

For PhD students, support for the academic year will be at least $16,580 (fora half-time assistantship/20 hrs. per week). All students with financialsupport receive tuition fellowships which cover tuition (based on enrollmentof 9 hours). To ensure consideration for these awards, applications should besubmitted no later than January 15. Notification of awards is made by April15.

For further information, contact Judith Liskin-Gasparro (see contactinformation below).

Applications Deadline: 15-Jan-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Ms. Elena Osinsky        1111 University Capitol Center        The University of Iowa        Iowa City IA 52242        USA

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Dr. Judith Liskin-Gasparro        Phone:319-335-2248        Fax:319-335-2990

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