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The Speaking Proficiency Outcomes of Face-to-Face and Online U.S. Intensive Postsecondary Summer Programs in Less and Least Commonly Taught Foreign Languages

The Language Institute, in partnership with the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI International Research and Studies Program (2020-23) to conduct a study on the speaking proficiency gains and outcomes of students enrolled in intensive summer programs in the following less commonly taught languages: Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Kazakh, Indonesian, Persian, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, and Uzbek.

This research study responds to national calls for research on the proficiency outcomes of U.S. foreign language programs (Winke & Gass, 2019) to document the speaking proficiency outcomes of intensive summer programs offered through WISLI in both face-to-face and online/remote instructional contexts.

Research lead

Dianna Murphy, Principal Investigator and Lead Researcher

Research team

  • Hadis Ghaedi, Graduate Research Assistant; Dissertator, Second Language Acquisition PhD Program
  • Felecia Lucht, Lead Researcher; Director, Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes
  • Meg Malone, Outside Evaluator; Director of Assessment, Research and Development, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL); Director, Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center; Research Professor, Georgetown University
  • Jana Martin, Associate Researcher; Associate Director, Language Institute
  • Sonya Sedivy, Statistical Design and Consulting; Associate Research Scientist, Testing and Evaluation Services


U.S. Department of Education, Title VI, International Research and Studies (IRS) Program

ACTFL Research Priorities Grant