New Big 10 Initiatives for Less Commonly Taught Languages
Two Big 10 universities, Michigan State University and the University of Chicago, have received substantial funding from the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation in support of new initiatives that will support collaboration in the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) at Big 10 universities.
The initiatives are:
- Big 10 LCTL Partnership, Michigan State University. A cross-university initiative to collaboratively develop an online model of LCTL instrution reflecting best practices in proficiency-oriented instruction. Swahili has been selected as the language for initial online course development. (Download a slideshow about the project)
- LCTL Collaborative Partners, University of Chicago. Professional development and long-term support for pairs of LCTL instructors at two different universities to develop shared curriculum and to share courses. (Download 1-page project overview)
These projects build on years of collaboration among Big 10 universities, including Course Share, supported by the Big 10 Academic Alliance (formerly the Committee on Interinstitutional Collaboration, CIC), to faciliate the sharing of courses in LCTLs across Big 10 universities.
The Language Institute is providing support for UW-Madison faculty and staff who are interested in participating in these projects. Contact Dianna Murphy to learn more!