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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>

In the News

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2014-15 Language Institute Lecture and Brownbag Series:
Language Matters: Language, Power, Equity and Justice

 

Mark your calendars! Don't miss the first invited lecture in our 2014-15 series,"Until I Became a Professional, I Was Not Consciously Indigenous": One Intercultural Bilingual Educator's Trajectory in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvannia, 4:00 pm, Thursday, October 23.

Drawing from long-term ethnographic research in the Andes, the lecture examines one Quechua-speaking Indigenous bilingual educator’s trajectory as she traversed – and traverses -- from rural highland communities of southern Peru through development as teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and advocate for Indigenous identity and language revitalization across urban, peri-urban, and rural spaces. Learn more >

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New Language Institute Grant Program for Academic Staff Professional Development


The Language Institute is very pleased to announce a new small grants program to support professional development activities by academic staff in Van Hise departments of languages, literatures, cultures and linguistics, and in L&S LSS. Learn more >

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Dane County Middle School Students Experience a Diversity of Languages at College for Kids

Rising sixth graders spending their summers with College for Kids became language learners at the Language Institute's workshop A is for Apfel, M is for Manzana, Я is for Яблоко, experiencing some of the languages offered at UW-Madison. Pictured at left: an Indonesian greeting activity from the workshop. Learn more>

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Language Institute Research Presented in 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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Upcoming Events

Language Learning Strategies
4:00-5:00 pm, Monday, September 8
206 Ingraham Hall

Jump start the semester with this interactive presentation on tips for learning languages! Learn more >

International Careers: Find Your Path
5:00-6:00 pm, Thursday, September 25
120 Middleton Building

Learn about international work, identify search strategies, and market your international and language experience! Learn more >

Invited 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
Room TBD

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

 

 


 

 


 

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