About the Language Institute

Mission

The Language Institute strengthens the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a leader in language education and research by promoting excellence in language teaching, innovation in the design of effective language programs, student success in reaching their professional and personal language learning goals, research in second language acquisition (SLA), and increased awareness of the value 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.

The Language Institute:

  • Serves as the administrative home to three interdisciplinary academic programs: the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition, the undergraduate Russian Flagship Program, and the new Korean Flagship Program
  • Hosts a portal for undergraduate students and advisors on languages at UW-Madison
  • Offers pre-major and career advising for undergraduate students interested in language studies
  • Spearheads outreach programs such as the STARTALK Korean Language and Culture Academy and World Languages Day that help to connect Wisconsin K-12 students and teachers with UW-Madison expertise in languages, literatures and cultures
  • Leads collaborative initiatives to improve language education such as the Wisconsin Language Roadmap
  • Hosts invited lectures by leading scholars in applied linguistics and SLA
  • Provides pedagogical training and professional development for UW-Madison instructors of languages, literatures and cultures
  • Coordinates UW-Madison’s participation in interinstitutional initiatives such as the A.W. Mellon Foundation-funded Big 10 LCTL Partnership and federally funded Flagship Culture Initiative
  • Carries out research in areas such as language program design and student learning outcomes in postsecondary language education