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Languages at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an international leader in foreign language education and research, offering instruction in dozens of modern and ancient languages. The UW-Madison is home to eleven internationally prominent departments of languages and literatures, eleven prestigious area studies centers, intensive summer programs in many less commonly taught languages, and the Russian Flagship Center. Students at UW-Madison can apply to over 200 study abroad programs to every continent of the world except Antarctica.

The UW-Madison Language Institute

Drawing on the wealth of these departments, centers and programs, the Language Institute promotes collaboration for research, education and community outreach in languages, literatures and cultures. Learn more about the Language Institute>

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Three Academic Staff Receive Language Institute Professional Development Grants


We are very pleased to announce the first recipients of the Language Institute academic staff professional grant:

Erlin Barnard, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, to attend the 2014 convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Funda Derin, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, to attend the meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Turkish (AATT) and Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conferences

Jeanne Schueller, Department of German, to participate in a summer institute sponsored by the Goethe Institut on teaching literature and film in German course

Learn more about this new grant program >

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New Language Institute Seminar on Technologies for Language Teaching and Learning


The Language Institute, with the Doctoral Progarm in Second Language Acquisition and L&S Learning Support Services, is piloting a new, yearlong professional development seminar for UW-Madison language instructors on technologies for promoting language learning and supporting language teaching. The format of the seminar is a study group, with assigned readings, guest facilitators and speakers, and discussions of public lectures, workshops and brownbags sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) for its 2014-15 series, Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning: Research and Practice. Learn more >

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Language Institute Research Presented in 2014 Modern Language Journal Monograph, Goals of Collegiate Learners and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning


Co-authored by Sally Sieloff Magnan, Dianna Murphy, and Narek Sahakyan, the monograph presents a national study about how the language learning goals of college students are reflected in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 1996, 1999, 2006). The first research to examine learner perspectives with regard to the Standards, the study's mixed methods design includes responses from 16,529 students at 11 postsecondary institutions across the United States, with interviews from 200 students at two of these institutions. The monograph details the history of the Standards' framework, with discussion of its limited acceptance and use in postsecondary instruction, and considers what student perceptions tell us about how the Standards might fit with assumptions and characteristics of communicative language teaching and literacy-based approaches to language learning. In this discussion, the monograph examines shortcomings in the Standards framework, as seen through the lens of student perceptions. Learn more >

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Named Among Top Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study


The website thebestcolleges.com has named the UW-Madison as #2 in the United States for innovative college foreign language programs. UW-Madison leadership in language education, through the departments of languages, literatures and cultures, study abroad, and the Language Institute, are among the aspects of UW-Madison's language prorams cited by the website. Read more>

 

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Lecture: "Until I Became a Professional, I Was Not Consciously Indigenous": One Intercultural Bilingual Educator's Trajectory in Indigenous Language Revitalization
Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania
4:00 pm, Thursday, October 23
254 Van Hise Hall

The first invited lecture in the Language Institute's 2014-15 series, Language Matters: Language, Power, Equity and Justice. Learn more >

Lecture: Ikema Ryukyuan: Investigating Past Experience and the Current State through Life Narratives
Shoichi Iwasaki, University of Hawaii at Manoa
4:00 pm, Monday, November 3
254 Van Hise Hall

A lecture on Ikema, an endangered language variety spoken on Miyako and its surrounding islands in Okinawa. Learn more >

Brownbag Presentation: Flipping and Blending: A Recipe for Language Teaching
Shannon Spasova, Michigan State University
12:00-1:00 pm, Thursday, November 6
254 Van Hise Hall

A brownbag presentation on creating a blended foreign language course. Learn more >

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SLA-Sponsored Brownbag Series on Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning

Telecollaboration: Connecting UW-Madison Students with Language Speakers in the U.S. and Abroad
Panelists: Anna Tumarkin, Slavic Languages and Literature; BJ Lim, East Asian Languages and Literature
12:00-1:00 pm, Wednesday, October 15, 1418 Van Hise Hall

Blended Learning: Developing and Delivering Blended Language, Literature and Culture Courses
Panelists: Julie Allen, Scandinavian Studies; Matt Brown, African Languages and Literature
12:00-1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 28
1418 Van Hise Hall

Course Sharing: Offering UW-Madison Language Courses to Students at Other Universities via Videoconferencing
Panelists: Erlin Barnard, Jampa Khedup, Dian Mawene, Fatemeh Mirsharifi, Languages and Cultures of Asia; Ewa Miernowska, Slavic Languages and Literature
12:00-1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 11
1418 Van Hise Hall

Critical Reader: A Tool for Creating Online Reading Comprehension Assignments in a Blended or Online Environment
Panelists: Jan Miernowski, French and Italian; Blaire Bundy, DoIT; Steel Wagstaff, L&S Learning Support Services
12:00-1:00 pm, Thursday, December 4
1418 Van Hise Hall

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