The Second Language Acquisition Lab (SLAL) at the CUNY Graduate Center is a research and teaching lab studying the linguistic development of second language learners and bilinguals. A variety of projects are currently underway including the Second-Generation Bilinguals Project, the Development of Language and Literacy in Bilingual Students with Low Native-Language Literacy Skills, the Acquisition of Tense and Aspect in Bilingual Children and Adults, and the Development of Syntax and Reading in Bilingual Children.
The lab has developed a number of research-based multilingual assessments of literacy and academic skills, sentence comprehension and production, math, and language ability. The latter assessments have been commissioned by the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Education Department for use in public schools.
The SLA Lab works collaboratively with the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS), and provides a diverse range of research opportunities for doctoral, master’s and advanced undergraduate students.