SLAT Interdisciplinary Roundtable

University of Arizona — Tucson, AZ — February 24-25, 2017 Register

About Us

The Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Interdisciplinary Roundtable is a conference organized and run by members of SLATSA, the SLAT student association, and supported by our Faculty Supervisor, Dr. Hayriye Kayi-Aydar, as well as faculty and staff, including Robin Staples and Kelly Merriam Castro.

Message from the SLATSA president


Welcome to the 16th annual SLAT Interdisciplinary Roundtable! I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to those of you visiting Tucson, and a heartfelt thank you to all of you joining us for what is sure to be a productive and exciting weekend of scholarship and research!

This year’s Roundtable features 24 presentations on a variety of topics within SLA given by graduate students and faculty representing in-state, out-of-state, and international universities. It also features 2 pedagogical workshops, a poster session, and the brand new Projects-in-Progress Symposium.

On behalf of the SLAT Student Association, I hope you enjoy your time at the SLAT Interdisciplinary Roundtable!

— Chelsea A Timlin

Invited Speakers

Invited Speaker
Dr. Heidi Byrnes

Heidi Byrnes' research addresses a range of issues pertaining to adult instructed second language learning and teaching, with a particular emphasis on German. She is one of the most distinguished foreign language education scholars in the USA, with contributions that include investigations into the nature of linguistic competencies that develop through foreign language instruction.

Invited Speaker
Dr. Kara McBride

Kara McBride’s education, research and professional path are marked by interdisciplinarity and intercultural encounters. After graduating from SLAT, she worked as first an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Saint Louis University. She now works in Washington, DC at the nonprofit organization World Learning, whose mission is to empower people and strengthen institutions through education, exchange, and development programs.


February 24-25, 2016

This schedule is subject to change.

Detailed Schedule

Friday, February 24

Location: Richard A. Harvill

  • 12:00-1:00pm Registration & Check-in (Harvill 305)
  • 1:00-2:00pm Opening Presentation
  • 2:15-2:45pm Presentation Block 1
  • 2:55-3:25pm Presentation Block 2
  • 3:35-4:50pm Workshop 1
  • 3:35-4:50pm Projects-in-Progress Symposium
  • 5:00-6:00pm Plenary Speaker - Dr. Kara McBride
  • 6:00-6:30pm Reception & Refreshments
  • Detailed Schedule
Saturday, February 25

Location: Modern Languages (Second Floor)

  • 8:30-9:00am Registration & Check-in
    (Modern Languages, 2nd floor hallway)
  • 9:00-9:30am Presentation Block 3
  • 9:40-10:10am Presentation Block 4
  • 10:20-10:50am Presentation Block 5
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Keynote Speaker - Dr. Heidi Byrnes
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch (not provided)
  • 1:10-2:25pm Workshop 2
  • 1:10-1:40pm Presentation Block 6
  • 1:50-2:20pm Presentation Block 7
  • 2:30-3:00pm Presentation Block 8
  • 3:15-4:00pm Poster Awards and Closing Remarks
  • 5:00-8:00pm Potluck Dinner
  • Detailed Schedule


Registration is free, but we would like you to pre-register so that we can best prepare.

Contact Us

Second Language Acquisition & TeachingHarvill Room 241 1103 East 2nd Street, Tucson, Arizona United States

Phone: (520) 621-7391

SLATSA president: