Second Language Research SIG 108
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 website for the Second Language Research SIG! Our SIG promotes scholarship and the exchange of ideas in second-language learning/acquisition, and strives to build community among researchers and practitioners in the field on an international scale. With these goals in mind, we hope this website provides you useful information about the SIG, including its officers, award-winners, and special events during and beyond the annual meeting of AERA.

In terms of promoting research and the exchange of ideas, the SIG maintains a year-round agenda. Besides the annual meeting, where we most recently sponsored 33 papers and eight symposium sessions, the SIG also offered a collaborative AERA-TESOL webinar on research-practice partnerships with schools and communities in January, a special session with the TESOL Research Professional Council at the TESOL Convention in March about policy impacts of TESOL certifications, and a Presidential Session at the AERA annual meeting in collaboration with TESOL about expanding the research agenda for multilingual learners. We hope to continue this collaboration with TESOL with a forthcoming webinar (date and time TBA) about assessment for young students classified as English Learners. We are also, of course, always open to additional partnerships and other events to address topics of interest to SIG members, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to SIG officers with suggestions.

With regard to building community, our SIG is deeply committed to mentoring graduate students and junior faculty, and to fostering stronger ties among scholars of all ranks and roles within the field. We had yet another well-attended and praised mentoring session at the 2019 annual meeting, as well as two webinars prior to the meeting with tips for preparing conference proposals (co-hosted by the Language and Social Processes SIG), and how to navigate the annual meeting for first-time attendees. We also proudly co-sponsored the Black & Brown Unity Pachanga with several other SIGs (Bilingual Education Research, Latina/o/x Issues Research, Research Focus on Black Education, and Hip-Hop Theories Praxis and Pedagogies), and had the honor of celebrating our award winners at the business meeting. We certainly look forward to further such work and encourage you all to consider nominating colleagues for awards, and/or volunteering to chair one of the award selection committees.

We owe much gratitude to our outgoing volunteers and elected officers for their efforts in making these things possible. We are fortunate that some of them will remain actively involved in new elected positions. In particular, we extend thanks to our former chair Dr. Peter DeCosta for his tireless work on behalf of the SIG and vision in partnering with TESOL, and to our departing webmasters Christina Ponzio and Laura Kennedy, who coordinated the webinars and set up the Facebook page and Twitter account. All these moves helped extend the reach of our SIG within the field and charted a path for greater collaboration.

On behalf of Liv Thorstensson-Dávila (Program Chair), Melinda Martin-Beltrán (Secretary/Treasurer), Carrie Symons (Membership Chair), Alissa Blair (Newsletter Editor), Christina Ponzio (Student Representative), and Hyonsuk Cho and Jackie Ridley (Webmasters), I thank you for your ongoing support of the SLR SIG.

Luis E. Poza, PhD



Who We Are

SLR SIG Officers

SLR SIG Chair: Luis E. Poza

Program Chair: Liv T. Dávila 

Secretary/Treasurer: Melinda Martin-Beltrán

Newsletter Editor: Alissa Blair

Membership Chair: Carrie Symons

Student Representative:  Christina Ponzio

Webmaster: Hyonsuk Cho

Social Media Coordinator: Chris Chang-Bacon

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Past Webinars

[Latest] Reconceptualizing the Role of Critical Dialogue (Jan 2021) YouTube Video-recording
Work-Life Harmony (Nov 2020) YouTube Video-recording
Amplifying Marginalized Voices (Feb 2020) YouTube Video-recording
Escaping the Ivory Tower (Nov 2019) -  Learn about careers outside of academia - YouTube Video-recording
Finding My Scholarly Home: How to Navigate AERA 2019 (Mar 2019). YouTube Video-recording
From Candidate to Faculty: Entering the Academic Job Market (Jan 2019). YouTube Video-recording
From Conference to Manuscript: Demystifying the Publication Process (Oct 2018)  YouTube Video-recording 
Demystifying Proposal Writing for AERA 2019 YouTube Video-recording 






2020 Winners

  • Leadership through Research Award (Lifetime Achievement): Ofelia García **Video interview with Dr. García
  • Mid-Career Award: Rebecca Callahan
  • Dissertation Award: Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz

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