Drawing on the wealth of these departments, centers and programs, the Language Institute promotes collaboration for research, education and community outreach in languages, literatures and cultures.
The Institute is the administrative home of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acqusition (SLA), and spearheads many collaborative projects and instructional initiatives each year on campus.
Eighty high school students from 20 schools around the state had the chance to speak (and sing) in 10 different languages at the inaugural Wisconsin Global Youth Summit on Feb. 23 at Union South. The day focused on what high school students can do to bring international elements into their schools. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Language [...]
The Language Institute is hosting a series of brown bag conversations this semester on innovation in language teaching and learning. Upcoming Language Over Lunch sessions are devoted to assessing student learning outcomes in languages (April 8), maximizing language and culture learning outside of the classroom (April 15), and language learning and study abroad (April 29). [...]
It’s no surprise that UW-Madison students want to make the world a better place — and ideally make a career out of doing good, too. That can be a tall task, though. But many talented alumni have trod this path before, and that’s the focus of an upcoming career panel on “Languages and Social Justice.” “Doing [...]
As globalization brings together people and markets, we often hear about the importance of intercultural understanding and communication. But what does it mean for University of Wisconsin-Madison students to gain a global education? And how will it help them in their future careers? That is the focus of an upcoming alumni panel “Languages and Business“. [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute will host its annual World Languages Day on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Union South. World Languages Day is a college-for-a-day experience that introduces high school students from around the state of Wisconsin to the bevy of languages and cultural topics offered at UW-Madison. Faculty, staff and students offer a [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Language Institute has announced its 2012-13 lecture series, “Language, Cognition and Sociality.” The first lecture is Wednesday, Sept. 19, and all lectures are free and open to the public. Invited lectures in the series will explore some fundamental questions regarding language acquisition and socialization: What could we learn from studies of [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison was recently ranked second in the nation by TheBestColleges.org for innovation in foreign language study. In describing the strengths of UW-Madison in this area, the website cites the University’s outstanding departments of languages, literature and cultures; the variety of language-learning and study abroad programs available to students; and the unique opportunities [...]
More than 75 UW-Madison students and members of the public attended an April 25 panel discussion on internship and career opportunities in U.S. intelligence and national security agencies for students with language and cultural competencies. Panelists, representing the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Language Service Corps, National Security Agency, and the [...]
John Lendved, French major and resident of the French House, is one of six winners of the Vista Higher Learning 2011 Video Contest. In his video, John connects the story of his French grandmother and American grandfather with his own exploration of French language and culture. Almost two hundred videos were submitted as part of this annual contest, [...]
More than 700 students and teachers from 31 high schools gathered together at the beautiful Union South at UW-Madison for World Languages Day in November. World Langauges Day is an annual a college-for-a-day experience for high school students and teachers focused on languages and cultures from around the world. The event is sponsored by the Language Institute. UW-Madison faculty, staff [...]
The Language Institute is pleased to announce its 2011-12 lecture series, Cosmpolitanism and Language.
Talks in the series will consider the ways in which language defines and perpetuates community in ways that challenge a static notion of nationhood. Speakers will consider how language choice, group discourse, and linguistic and cultural identity contribute to notions of citizenship at the global level.
The Language Institute is pleased to present a new project — Profiles — which highlight the language learning experiences of UW-Madison students and alumni. Profiles will help inspire current students with diverse academic interests and professional goals to study foreign languages.
On November 17, over 600 high school students and teachers from the state of Wisconsin visited UW-Madison for the 10th World Languages Day. A program of the Language Institute, World Languages Day connects Wisconsin students with the wealth of expertise in world languages and cultures at UW-Madison, inspiring students to explore new languages, cultures and [...]
The following story was submitted by Nancy Heingartner, the outreach coordinator at the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA). You can view a Photo Gallery of Andrei Codrescu’s visit at the CREECA website. On an unseasonably beautiful Monday in early October, I had the pleasure of escorting Andrei Codrescu, a prolific writer and social commentator, to various gatherings at UW-Madison.
World language students travel to UW-Madison (Oshkosh Northwestern) On Wednesday, November 17th several students from Oshkosh North attended World Languages Day at UW-Madison.
Richard Young, a professor of English and co-chair of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquistion, was the featured guest on Joy Cardin’s show on Wisconsin Public Radio (Nov. 12, 2010). Young explains the benefits of bilingualism: Listen to the Program or Download the MP3
UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) is proud to present Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and prolific writer and editor. He will give a free, public lecture at the Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. During his visit to Madison, Codrescu will speak with [...]
The Russian Flagship Program admitted its first class of students to begin the program in the Fall 2010. The new undergraduate program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to achieve a professional level of competence in Russian …
The week before classes started, new instructors of languages as diverse as Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Twi, Yoruba and Zulu came together for a 3-day workshop coordinated by the Language Institute on teaching foreign languages at the college level. The workshop included lectures by Sally Magnan, Department of [...]
On Saturday, March 13, the Language Institute welcomed an audience of 100+ to World Languages Day for the Community, a special program of the Year of the Humanities.
UW-Madison has received a 3-year grant for close to $1 million from the National Security Education Program to establish an undergraduate Russian Flagship Center.
The Language Institute invites you to participate in a celebration of the richness and diversity of the world’s languages, peoples and cultures at World Languages Day.
On November 18, 2009 the Language Institute hosted over 700 Wisconsin high school students and teachers at the ninth World Languages Day held on the UW-Madison campus.
On October 20, Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle and campus Peace Corps representative John Sheffy spoke to a standing room-only crowd of over 60 students about their language learning and Peace Corps service.
Professor Richard Young (Department of English and Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition) gave the plenary address…
The Language Institute received a 3-year grant of $554,674 from the U.S. Department of Education…
The Language Institute and theNational Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages(NCOLCTL) are pleased to present three new online courses…
In 2009-10, the Language Institute and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature will offer a two-semester sequence of online Chinese courses designed for business professionals.
More than 1,100 Wisconsin high school students and teachers visited Madison in April as part of outreach programs in the Language Institute’s “World Languages Day” and “World Cinema Day”
Students in the interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) co-hosted the second annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium “SLA Acquisition in the 21st Century” with students at the University of Iowa in Iowa City in April.