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The Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (JSLAT) is a publication of the University of Arizona Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). This journal was conceived as a source for scholarly dialogue among SLAT students, SLAT faculty, and the second language research community at large. This journal is an opportunity for doctoral students in the field of second language studies to experience the publishing process as well as an outlet for established second language researchers to present completed research and work in progress.

JSLAT began publication in 1993 as El Two Talk (ISSN: 2377-1828). In 1995 the journal title changed to Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (ISSN: 2377-1704). In 2019, the journal title was changed to Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.

Focus and Scope

JSLAT publishes empirical studies, pedagogical reports, research in progress, or conceptual/theoretical studies. 

Possible topics include:

  • language pedagogy and program administration (e.g., ESL/EFL and foreign language curriculum development, skills development, testing and evaluation, educational technology, current theoretical approaches to second/foreign language curriculum design, program design, language proficiency assessment, study abroad, and program administration)
  • language use (e.g., discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, multimodal communication, semiotics, linguistic anthropology, rhetoric, language policy/language planning, pragmatics, multilingualism, identity, language variation, and sociocultural factors)
  • language analysis (e.g., grammar, contrastive linguistics/interlanguage studies, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, computational linguistics, and historical linguistics
  • language processes (e.g., psycholinguistics, cognitive studies, language processing, foreign language learning and research, and interlanguage).

Papers from a variety of disciplines, including interdisciplinary papers, are welcome. First language studies with relevance to second language acquisition and teaching will also be considered. Submissions are accepted in English as well as other languages (e.g., Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, Turkish, etc.) if an abstract can be provided in English.

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided.
  4. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and quotations. Authors should make sure they are correct, in substance and style.
  5. The text is double-spaced; uses Times New Roman 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain all rights to their work published by the University of Arizona Libraries' Publishing Program. The specific terms of our author agreements may vary slightly from journal to journal, but they all constitute nonexclusive licenses covering the rights required to publish, index, abstract, and preserve the content. Authors are free to reuse their work and to enter into other agreements as long as they credit the relevant journal as the site of first publication and provide a link to the journal website. We support the use of Creative Commons licenses by our journals and encourage them to allow further distribution and reuse of their content as appropriate.

Peer Review JSLAT operates a blind peer review policy.

Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Publication Fees

Journals published or hosted by the University of Arizona Libraries' Publishing Program do not charge author publishing fees. All journals hosted by the University of Arizona Libraries are fully open access, with no charges to access or to publish.

Publication Cycle JSLAT publishes once a year every September. 

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