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Welcome to the Newsletter of the
Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition!


Letter from Program Director Junko Mori
Celebrating 2014-15 Graduates
Alumni News
Current Student Happenings
Faculty News 
Summer Student/Faculty Research Partnerships
2016 Graduate Student Symposium
Stay in Touch and Support the Second Language Acquisition Program

Letter from the Director

Prof. Junko Mori, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, is now serving in the second year of a current two-year term as director of the program (she also served as director in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 academic years). She shares her reflections on the current state of the SLA program in her letter for this inaugural issue of a newsletter.  
Celebrating 2014-2015 Graduates
SLA students (majors and minors) joined together with faculty, friends and family on May 14 to celebrate another great year and another outstanding group of 2014-15 graduates.  The past two years has seen a bumper crop of students graduating from the SLA program, with nine graduates in the 2013-14 academic year and three in 2014-15. 

SLA students, alumni, and friends enjoy themselves
(with aid of a selfie stick) at the 2015 graduation gathering.

We asked alumni to send us their current news and, no surprise, they are teaching, researching, traveling, and living life to the fullest.  Their geographic span is impressive, extending, in the United States, from the South to the Midwest, from the East Coast to the Western states.  And, around the world, they are in Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Turkey. As a fairly young program, some of our graduates have just gotten tenure or are up for tenure.  They are teaching in all types of post-secondary institutions: community colleges, teaching-focused universities and colleges and research-focused universities.  
SLA Alumni Elizabeth Tremmel (left) and Barbara Bird (right) in Italy
SLA students are exceedingly busy, with coursework, research, attending conferences, working at campus and other jobs, and volunteering their time for program activities and in the community. 

Dr. Tonda Liggett (Marylhurst University; left), SLA student Akira Kondo (middle), Dr. Suhanthie Motha (University of Washington; right), and Dr. Ryuko Kubota (University of British Columbia; far right) at AAAL,2015. 
Faculty in the SLA program are engaged in diverse areas of SLA research. 

Francois Tochon (left),  with Ibrahim Diallo (middle; University of South Australia) and Joseph Lo Bianco (right; University of Melbourne)
In summer 2015, three research projects allowed SLA faculty and students to work together on research in second language acquisition and language teaching.  

SLA student Lauren Goodspeed (left) and Prof. Heather Willis Allen (right)
Continuing in the tradition of their predecessors, SLA graduate students will once again host the SLA Graduate Student Symposium April 15-16, 2016 on the UW-Madison campus, cosponsored with graduate students at the Universities of Iowa and Minnesota. The theme of the 2016 SLA Graduate Student Symposium will be The Multilingual Turn: Reframing Research and Instruction.
We invite alumni and friends of the program to stay in touch and share news, keeping our community of colleagues together to share ideas beyond the UW-Madison campus.  We also hope you might consider a donation to our program, to help keep our program strong now and in the future.  

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please contact
Junko Mori, SLA Director, (608) 262-3871 or (608) 262-2291, 
Newsletter Creator and Writer: Wendy Johnson, Program Coordinator
Asst. Editor and Layout: Chen Sun
Editors: Diana Frantzen, Cathy Stafford, and Richard Young

We thank all who contributed to the newsletter!  

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