Second Language Studies Ph.D.

The Second Language Studies concentration within the School of Education Ph.D. Program prepares students to be researchers and teacher-researchers of second/foreign language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and assessment who work in regional, national, or international universities or in other educational institutions and corporations. The program of study engages Ph.D. students in rigorous theory- and research-based exploration of various contributors/factors that impact second/foreign language learning and teaching, from early childhood through adulthood, with emphasis on cognitive development, social opportunities, and educational access.

Ph.D. students in the Second Language Studies concentration receive rigorous training through coursework, individualized mentored research experience, and other professional development activities such as conference presentations and scholarly publications.  Through intensive scientific training, students acquire and consolidate knowledge and skills essential for critical evaluation of existing knowledge and development of new knowledge in second language studies. Ph.D. students are expected to be active members of scholarly communities at regional, national, and international levels through their contribution to and leadership in the field.

Second Language Studies Ph.D. students also have opportunities to gain research experience through various programs and research centers in the School of Education and across the University. There are also ample opportunities to gain teaching experience through the Center for English as a Second Language, ELS, and several other English language institutes, schools, and programs in the region.

An SLS Ph.D. student’s advisor will be a faculty member of the Second Language Studies concentration.  Under the supervision of a faculty advisory committee, students design programs of study that suit their unique research interests, expertise, and professional goals. This can be achieved through a combination of required courses and electives. At least one year of the program of study must be completed through full time study. 

  • LSLS 9061 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
  • LSLS 9062 Advanced Study of Second Language Acquisition
  • LSLS 9063 Advanced Seminar in Teaching English as a Second Language I
  • LSLS 9064 Advanced Seminar in Teaching English as a Second Language II
  • LSLS 9051 Mentored Research
  • LSLS 9052 Advanced Mentored Research
  • LSLS 8060 Content-Based Second Language Education
  • LSLS 7068 Sociolinguistics and Bilingual Education
  • LSLS 9055 Writing for Publication in Education
  • LSLS 7054 Literacy as a Linguistic and Cultural Tool
  • LSLS 7060 Applied Linguistics
  • LSLS 7061 Teaching and Assessing College ESL: Reading and Writing
  • LSLS 7062 Teaching and Assessing College ESL: Oral
  • LSLS 7064 PreK-12 TESOL Methods
  • LSLS 7065 Evaluation and Assessment for K-12 TESOL
  • CI 7006 Immigration Children and Families
  • CI 8006 Global Education: Educational Systems

Hye Pae, Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Education and Psychology, Georgia State University

Expertise: Second-language acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Assessment challenges across cultures; Psychometric properties of measurement tools; L1 effects on L2 reading acquisition.

Teachers College 615R; (513) 556-7112; Email:

Haiyang Ai, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University

Expertise: Applied corpus linguistics; Intelligent computer-assisted language learning; Second language acquisition; Second language writing.

615P Teachers College; (513) 556-5116; Email:

Dong-shin Shin, Assistant Professor

Ed.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Expertise: Digital literacy; Multimodal writing; CALL/CMC; Academic literacies in content areas; Systemic functional linguistics; Second language teacher professional development

615-T Teachers College; (513) 556-2327; E-mail:

Fengyang Ma, Assistant Professor (Supporting Faculty)

Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics, Tsinghua University, China

Expertise: Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Bilingualism