Registration for the 2016 SLA Student Symposium is now open!


Complete symposium program now available for download.



The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities have formed a partnership to host an annual SLA Student Symposium. Organizing and hosting the event alternates between the universities. Graduate students in SLA and related disciplines present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.

The Multilingual Turn: Reframing Research and Instruction, the 9th annual SLA Student symposium will be held on April 15th and 16th, 2016 at Union South on the UW-Madison campus. We seek to advance calls for new and future studies that cut across departmental lines and disciplinary boundaries as well as stimulate interactions and cooperation among them. This symposium will be of interest to a wide spectrum students interested in language learning, research, and education, and the social, psychological, and linguistic factors implicated. This free, student-run symposium is hosted in conjunction with our counterparts at the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota.

This symposium will feature one invited keynote speaker and two invited plenary speakers: Elaine Tarone (University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition), Kristine Muñoz (University of Iowa, Department of Communication Studies), and Catherine Stafford (UW-Madison, Department of Spanish & Portuguese). Please visit the Speakers & Panels page for more information about the speakers and the topics of their talks.

We will also be featuring two panel discussions on Critical Multilingualism and Professional Development. In addition to the plenary sessions and panels, approximately 40-50 students from UW Madison and other universities will be invited to present their current research endeavors, an opportunity that is vital to both advanced undergraduates and graduate students.



*More details coming soon! For the latest information on the 2016 SLA Student Symposium, please see the Announcements page.

*For more information on Madison, please visit the Madison Info page.







Thank you to our sponsors!


Wisconsin Experience Grant


ASM University of Wisconsin-Madison 


Kemper K. Knapp Bequest


Language Institute at UW-Madison


Doctoral Program in SLA at UW-Madison