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Welcome to SLATE

Developed within the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, SLATE is an interdisciplinary Program that enhances the visibility of second language studies in our campus. SLATE brings together faculty and graduate students from different departments and colleges at the University of Illinois interested in bilingualism and second language acquisition (in different modalities and under different circumstances), teaching, and use, from a variety of theoretical approaches and research methodologies.

The SLATE Program draws on the expertise of faculty from the Departments of Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, Germanic Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures within the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, as well as the departments of Anthropology, Communication and Psychology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Education and the Department of Speech and Hearing Science from the College of Applied Health Sciences.

The main academic mission of the SLATE Program is to provide a focal point and catalyst for bilingualism, foreign/second language and heritage language research and practice at the University of Illinois by promoting a series of coordinated teaching, research, scholarly and outreach activities through which faculty and graduate students can engage intellectually and professionally. Additionally, by working with the Champaign-Urbana public and private elementary schools, the SLATE Program will work to raise global awareness about the critical importance of early second language education and immigrant languages maintenance in the community.


  • Sponsored seminars (courses)
  • Lecture Series by UIUC faculty and invited speakers
  • Annual SLATE Distinguished Alumni Lecture
  • Professional development workshops
  • Annual Graduate Research Symposium (on Reading Day)
  • Reading groups and focus research groups
  • Conferences
  • Support for graduate students (e.g., graduate-student-run colloquia, practice sessions before conference presentations or job talks, second/heritage language and bilingual teaching opportunities in the community)


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