Second Language Research SIG 108
SIG Purpose

The purpose of the Second Language (L2) Research Special Interest Group (SIG) is "to promote research in second-language learning/acquisition and to facilitate the exchange of ideas among educators involved in second language teaching and language program administration."

Message from SIG Chair

Welcome to the Second Language Research Special Interest Group (L2 SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Scholars in our SIG employ a range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks to examine issues of second language and bi-/multi-lingual learning, acquisition, and development in both classroom and out-of-school contexts, from early childhood through adulthood, in the United States and around the world. We also focus on issues of language education in terms of teacher preparation and instructional practice, as well as language policy and implementation. 

Our SIG offers a variety of annual programs and awards of interest to the AERA community. Every year, we have an exiting program of symposia, paper sessions, roundtables, and posters, as well as a business meeting at AERA. In addition, we offer three annual awards: the Second Language Leadership Through Research Award, the Mid-Career Award, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award. Beginning in 2016, we also started a mentoring program for graduate students and early career scholars. Year-round, our listserv provides an important venue for SIG members to learn about calls for submissions and proposals, job opening, important news, and other timely communication. There are also many opportunities for leadership and service in the SIG, through volunteering to review proposals or awards applications, acting as a discussant or chair of a SIG session, or serving as an elected or appointed officer. 

We look forward to having you as part of our community!


Amanda Kibler

Second Language Research SIG Chair, 2015-2017

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Who We Are
2017-2019 Officers
Chair: Peter De Costa
Program Chair: Luis Poza
Secretary/Treasurer: Liv T. Dávila
Newsletter Editor: Susan E. Franco-Fuenmayor
Membership Chair: Sandro R. Barros
Awards Committee Chairs: Yuliya Ardasheva, Megan Madigan Peercy and Carrie Symons
Web Masters: Laura Kennedy and Christina Ponzio


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Membership Survey

In an effort to learn more about and increase connectivity among the SLR SIG membership, we are asking you to complete a short membership survey. We will use the results of this survey to inform future initiatives as well as to put together an electronic membership directory.  


2017 Winners

Outstanding Dissertation - Dr. Fares Karam

Mid-Career Award--Guofang Li

Second Language Leadership through Research--Kenji Hakuta

Travel Grant Award--Rosa Alejandra Medina and  Se Jeong Yang

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