Language Teaching Pedagogy Grant for UW-Madison Graduate Students

A number of institutions and professional organizations will be offering online workshops and institutes for language instructors in the spring and summer of 2023. To support UW-Madison graduate students who would like to take advantage of these opportunities for professional learning, the Language Institute announces a small grants program to defray or fully cover the cost of participating in a Spring-Summer 2023 online workshop or institute focused on language teaching and learning. Grant recipients will be expected to share what they learned at the workshop with their home program and/or the broader community.

5:00 pm, Friday, March 3, 2023

The online workshop or institute must take place between January 1, 2023 and August 31, 2023.

The Language Institute anticipates being able to make a small number of awards of up to $500.

Applicants must be Teaching Assistants (teaching a language course) and/or graduate students in good standing enrolled in a UW-Madison graduate program in one of the following departments:

  • African Cultural Studies
  • Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • French & Italian
  • German, Nordic, and Slavic+
  • Language Sciences
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Spanish & Portuguese

Students do not have to be teaching a language course this semester to be eligible for the grant.

There are many online workshops and institutes for language instructors offered through different institutions and professional organizations such as the CARLA Institutes for Language Teachers.

Check with Jana Martin if you’re not sure if an online workshop or institute that you’re interested in would qualify for this grant program.

This grant is intended to cover the cost of registration for online workshops or institutes focused on language teaching and learning. The grant is not intended for conference registration or membership fees in professional organizations.

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

  • Need for support, with priority consideration given to applications from graduate students who do not have access to other sources of funding that they could use to participate in an online workshop or institute for language instructors
  • Potential for impact on the student’s teaching and professional development
  • Plan for sharing experiences at the workshop with others
  • Fit of the focus of the online workshop or institute with the purpose of the grant (to support graduate student participation in online workshops or institutes focused on language teaching)
  • Overall quality of the application

Questions about this Language Institute grant? Contact Jana Martin:, (608) 890-4585.

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

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Spring-Summer 2022 Grant Recipients

Denise Castillo, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, to participate in the CARLA online institute, Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education: Centering Identities, Race, and Power in Language Reclamation

John Giblin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,  to participate in the ACTFL/NCOLCTL Online Oral Proficiency Interview Familiarization Workshop

Rachel Maina, African Cultural Studies, to participate in the CARLA online institute, Transforming the Teaching of Language Online

Kate Melberg, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, to participate in the University of Michigan’s Online Certificate in Disability Inclusion and Accessible Design

Daniele Santucci,  Department of French and Italian, to participate in the CARLA online institute, Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning

Dieu Thi Kim Tran, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, to participate in the CARLA online institute, Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development