About the Language Institute

The Mission

The Language Institute advances language education and research by promoting:

  • excellence in language teaching, and innovation in the design and delivery of effective and inclusive language programs
  • student success in reaching their professional and personal language learning goals
  • research in second language acquisition (SLA) and related fields, and
  • increased awareness of the value of linguistic diversity, and of language and intercultural learning for all.

In each of these areas, we strive to foster productive collaboration across campus and beyond, exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea.

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

Diversity Statement

Learning languages offers opportunities for making deep human and cultural connections that are beyond our own immediate experiences. For some, language learning is a window into a new culture and a way of life; for others, it’s a means to explore their personal or family heritage. Regardless, learning languages demands ongoing reflection and a willingness to engage both with difference and with aspects of our shared humanity.

We believe in the inherent value of all languages and language varieties, and are dedicated to ensuring equitable access to language learning opportunities that strengthen and enhance each person’s academic, professional, and personal goals.

We recognize the existence of structural barriers that can negatively affect the ability of individuals and groups to reach their full potential. In addition to our commitment to promoting equitable access to language learning and to Language Institute programming, we remain committed to fostering an inclusive campus climate that values the many ways that each person’s language(s), lived experiences, and individual and social identities contribute to and enrich our shared mission.

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