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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 internationally prominent departments of languages and literatures, prestigious, federally funded area studies centers, intensive summer programs in many less commonly taught languages, and the federally funded Russian Flagship Program. 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

School Groups Experience Languages at UW-Madison


Teachers and students from three Wisconsin high schools visited campus this fall as part of the Language Institute’s Experience Languages! Program.  Groups from La Follette High School (Madison), Plymouth High School (Plymouth), and Verona Area High School (Verona) visited Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish classes and learned about campus opportunities that expand on language learning, the International Learning Community and International Internship Program. “Inspiring,” “fun,” “amazing,” and “eye-opening” were among words visiting students used to describe their day on campus. More visits are planned for next semester!

left: Italian instructor Carlo Annelli with visiting high school students.

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Passion for Basketball Leads to Scholarship, Campus Position


University of Wisconsin-Madison student Madeline Ruid decided to learn Turkish after watching the Basketball World Cup, held in Istanbul, on T.V.  Little did she know her passion for basketball would eventually lead her to earning a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and later an ambassador position with the CLS program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


 



 

 


 

 


 

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