Welcome word from our flare directors

Welcome! Since 2000, our interdisciplinary program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) has provided high-quality academic and professional training to future researchers in the field of SLA. We enjoy a close-knit community of faculty members and students, forging both intellectual and personal bonds through interaction in classes, collaborative research and development projects, and social events—we are famous on campus for our international potlucks.


Our students come from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and to study SLA at the University of Iowa. The program has affiliated faculty from seven departments in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (German, Asian & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Spanish & Portuguese, Linguistics, Communication Studies, Rhetoric, and Communication Sciences & Disorders) and from two departments in the College of Education (Teaching & Learning and Psychological & Quantitative Foundations).


A distinct advantage of our program are the many opportunities students have for involvement with research while still in graduate school. A number of our courses require and provide supervision for producing publishable-quality research. Numerous conference presentations and publications have resulted from collaborations between students and faculty members. Students also participate in faculty-initiated research projects. Students collaborate with other students on research projects sparked by informal discussions with guest speakers and in our regular reading group meetings. Conference presentations, book chapters, and journal publications are the best way for our students to distinguish themselves in a challenging job market; we encourage and support these professional activities.


We are committed to providing rigorous professional preparation to graduate students in research and teaching, and to advancing knowledge about language acquisition and language use from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.


Welcome to FLARE!






Judith Liskin-gasparro

Co-Director of FLARE
Associate Professor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Website: here




Department of Spanish and Portuguese | Language Media Center
Website: here


FLARES officers



Every year, our organization holds elections for FLARES officers. Officers typically hold office for a year only.

To see our past (and current) officers, please click here.





Alongside the graduate student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we organize an annual graduate student symposium. Learn more about our past symposia, please click here.




Current students will find an array important documents here and some official FLARE documents here. Please email us if you think we should have additional documents made available through the website.