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

April 2021

Greetings and welcome to the Second Language Research SIG website! Our SIG promotes community and collaboration among early career, mid-career and senior scholars and practitioners interested in research, teaching and service focused on cutting-edge issues, including second, bilingual/two-way immersion, heritage and world language learner experiences in early childhood, elementary, secondary and higher educational contexts, teacher education, pedagogy, curriculum and programming, gaming and technology, policy, assessment, and a range of subtopics within these. Our members’ scholarly footprints span languages and literacies in educational, community and policy contexts around the world.

This website provides information about the SIG, including its officers, award-winners, and special events during and beyond the annual meeting of AERA. We also encourage you to view our Facebook page and Twitter account for the most up-to-date SIG news.

In the last year alone, we co-hosted two well-attended webinars featuring contributions of several of our SIG members: one in November, entitled, “Work-Life Harmony” and the second in January," "Reconceptualizing the Role of Critical Dialogue in American Classrooms."  Most recently, we enjoyed a strong presence at the virtual AERA annual meeting held April 8-12. 2021. Our SIG’s program offered 15 sessions (9 paper, roundtable or poster sessions, and 6 symposium sessions), each showcasing 4-6 research papers on several topics including, translanguaging pedagogies, advocacy for immigrant-origin youth, their teachers and families, English learners in higher education, English learners with disabilities, digital and online learning, to name a few. Other highlights from the annual meeting included our 5th annual pre-conference mentoring session, and an invited speaker session co-hosted with the Bilingual Education Research SIG, En La Lucha: Celebrating the Career of Peter Roos, with opening remarks given by Kenji Hakuta, Professor Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Education and Roger Rice, META, Inc. and panelists, Bill Koski, Stanford Law School, Christina Wong, San Francisco Unified School District, and Trish Morita-Mullaney, Purdue University. Finally, we had the honor of celebrating this year’s award winners at our business meeting held during the annual meeting.

  • Leadership through Research Award: Jeff MacSwan, University of Maryland - College Park
    • Award Committee: Drs. Rebecca Callahan & Hayriye Kayi-Aydar
  • Mid-Career Award: Yuliya Ardasheva, University of Washington – Bothell & Michele Back, University of Connecticut 
    • Award Committee: Drs. Mikyung Wolf, Li-Jen Kuo, & Xia Chao
  • Dissertation Award:  Mitchell Ingram, University of Texas at Austin 
    • Award Committee: Drs. Mark Pacheco, Kongji Qin, & Lorine Saito
  • Graduate Student Travel Awards: Ye Shen, University of Delaware & Min-Seok Choi, The Ohio State University

We encourage you to nominate your mentors and colleagues for awards, and/or volunteering to chair one of the award selection committees. We annually co-sponsor 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), which we hope to resume at the 2022 meeting. 

We owe much gratitude to our outgoing elected officers for their efforts in making these things possible. In particular, we extend thanks to our former chair Dr. Luis E. Poza for his tireless work on behalf of the SIG, and to Melinda Martin-Beltrán (Secretary/Treasurer) and Alissa Blair (Newsletter Editor) for their work in supporting and promoting SIG activities.

Some activities to look forward to in 2021-2022 (TBA):  

  • Webinar on shaping your AERA conference proposal into a manuscript for publication
  • Webinar 40th anniversary of Castañeda v. Pickard co-sponsored with the Bilingual Education Research SIG and Latina/o/x Research Issues SIG
  • AERA Annual Meeting, April 22-25, 2022 San Diego, CA

We are also 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.

On behalf of the SIG leadership committee, thank you!

Liv T. Dávila


Who We Are

SLR SIG Officers

SLR SIG Chair: Liv T. Dávila 

Program Chair: David Nieto

Secretary/Treasurer: Carrie Symons

Newsletter Editor: Christina Ponzio

Membership Officer: Laura Hamman-Ortiz

Student Representative: Marisol Masso

Webmaster: Hyonsuk Cho

Social Media Coordinator: Chris Chang-Bacon

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Past Webinars

[Latest] From Conference Proposal to manuscript (Jun 2021) YouTube Video-recording
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 






2021 Winners

  • Leadership through Research Award: Jeff MacSwan
  • Mid-Career Award: Yuliya Ardasheva and Michele Back
  • Dissertation Award: Mitchell Ingram
  • Graduate Student Travel Award: Ye Shen and Min-Seok Choi

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