Grant to Support Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning

About the program

The Language Institute is pleased to be able to offer small grants to support innovation to strengthen or enhance language teaching and learning at UW-Madison. Awards are in the range of $500-$1,000.

Funded activities must take place in the 2021-22 academic year or in Summer 2022.

2021-22 areas of emphasis

Awards will be prioritized for projects that address the needs of diverse language learners, and/or increase student engagement in language learning

Application deadline                               

5:00 pm, February 15, 2022


UW-Madison faculty or academic staff who teach language courses, coordinate language programs, or provide advising for students studying languages at UW-Madison.

Supported activities and allowable expenses

This grant could be used to:

  • Hire student hourly employees to help with your project
  • Purchase supplies or services that you need to carry out your project
  • Pay for room rentals, AV or catering at an event

The grant cannot be used for travel, or for faculty or academic staff summer or other salary.

All proposed expenses must follow university policies and guidelines for purchasing and payroll. Applicants should use the budget template to prepare and submit their budget Individuals applying for the grant are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Language Institute accountant Jana Martin, for a review of their proposed budget before submitting it with the application.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a committee as soon as possible after each application deadline. The committee will consider the following in reviewing applications and making decisions on awards:

  • Fit with the 2021-22 areas of emphasis (addressing the needs of diverse language learners, and/or increasing student engagement in language learning)
  • Potential to positively impact language teaching and learning at UW-Madison
  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal


Questions about this Language Institute Grant? Contact Jana Martin:


Funding for this program is from the International Division and the Language Institute.

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Spring 2021 Grant Recipients

Farooq Muhammad Asif, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC), to develop a repository for LCTL instructors in ALC to share class activities and assessments

Julie Dahl, Division of Continuing Studies (DCS), to create short recordings of Spanish speakers from different backgrounds and representing different accents, ethnicities, and lived experiences, as part of the redesign of the DCS Spanish 1-4 conversation classes