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About the Language Institute

The Language Institute spearheads collaborative projects and instructional initiatives including:

  • research studies on foreign language education such as the U.S. Department of Education-funded study to investigate the alignment of postsecondary student goals with the goals of the U.S. Standards for Foreign Language Learning, and a study, with International Academic Programs, to research the long-term impact of study abroad.

  • the Russian Flagship Program, an undergraduate program that provides opportunities for highlymotivated students of all majors to achieve a professional level of competence in Russian by graduation

  • acacemic and career advising for undergraduate students and resources for university academic advisors

  • workshops, brownbags, and invited lectures on language studies

  • outeach programs for Wisconsin K-12 students and teachers

  • course and curriculum development initiatives such as distance, online language courses, including hybrid Chinese courses for high school students, online Chinese courses for business professionals, instructional materials development in languages such as Kazakh, Russian, Persian, Swahili and Uzbek.

The Language Institute is an initiative of the College of Letters & Science, with substantial support from the Division of International Studies.





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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Teaching Heritage Languages: Approaches and Strategies
4:00 pm, Wednesday, January 28
1322 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Brownbag: Pennsylvania Dutch in the Public Eye
Mark Louden, Department of German
12:00 pm, Thursday, January 29
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Lecture: MOOCs and Beyond
Ed Dixon, University of Pennsylvania
4:00 pm, Thursday, February 5
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Workshop:Engaging Students through Learning Management Platforms for MOOCs, Online Courses and F2F
Ed Dixon, University of Pennsylvania
1:00-3:00 pm, Friday, February 6
274 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Pre-registration required

Brownbag: Native American Language Revitalization in Wisconsin: The Case of Menominee
Monica Macaulay, Department of Linguistics
12:00 pm, Tuesday, February 10
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Brownbag: Using Video Podcasting Final Projects to Synthesize the Four Language Learning Skills
Tom Armbrecht, Department of French & Italian
1:00-2:00 pm, Monday, February 16
1418 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Brownbag: Language in Education: A Return to Critical Bi(Multi)Cultural Education
Mariana Pacheco, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
12:00 pm, Wednesday, March 4
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Lecture: Technologies and Literacies in Language Education: Looking Beyond Communicative Competence
Richard Kern, University of California, Berkeley
4:00 pm, Thursday, March 5
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Lecture: Development and Variation in African American Englsh
Lisa Green, University of Massachusetts
4:00 pm, Thursday, March 12
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Brownbag: Homeland Literacy Learning Under Conditions of Brain Drain: A Case Study of Migrants' Left-behind Family Members in Latvia
Kate Vieira, Department of English
12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 22
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive










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