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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


Fall 2014 Interdepartmental Orientation Workshop for New Language Instructors and TAs, August 25-27

All new language instructors in Van Hise departments of languages, literatures and cultures are invited to participate in this annual orientation workshop. Contact your supervisor to register. Learn more >


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 >


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>


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 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, Sep. 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, Sep. 25
120 Middleton Building

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




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