Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science

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Non-native foreign language instructors help students through shared experiences Foreign teachers can provide greater opportunities

When Junko Mori came to Wisconsin in the 1990s, Japan was experiencing an economic boom. To foster business collaboration, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recruited native Japanese speakers to help elementary and secondary school students learn the language.

After one year working in a Waukesha school district, Mori decided to pursue advanced degrees at the University of Wisconsin. Today, she is the department chair of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Japanese literature course leads to the ultimate field trip for UW students

Late last semester, UW–Madison professor Adam L. Kern sent an urgent, cryptic email to four of his students.

He summoned them to his office early the next morning, promising something “potentially extremely interesting and important, if not possibly life-changing.”

“If you already have plans, please reschedule them,” he wrote. “And I would please ask that you not tell anyone about this, at least not for the time being!”

BJ Lim has been selected for funding as part of the STARTALK 2017 program

I am happy to inform you that we have just heard from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) that the proposal “UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Lang &  Culture Academy”, developed by BJ Lim in collaboration with the Language Institution (in particular Wendy Johnson)

Sarah Beckham receives an Educational Innovation Small Grant

Sarah Beckham, instructor and program coordinator, Asian Languages and Cultures, College of Letters and Science, was awarded a small grant for a creating a blended course for Elementary Hindi. The primary aim of implementing a blended design is to increase student learning outcomes by significantly increasing face-to-face time with instructors while using the target language. The instructor will use a backward design approach to create a flipped classroom experience in which learners acquire and apply foundational knowledge in a distributed learning environment.

Data-based Case for Building U.S. Capacity for Foreign Languages

A recent article in Inside Higher Ed "Language by the Shrinking Numbers," by Colleeen Flaherty shares a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a diminishing share of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Educational Innovations grant awarded to SASLI

The Center for South Asia and the South Asia Summer Language Institute is pleased to announce that our project was selected for a UW-Madison Educational Innovations grant of $10,000!  This award will supplement costs associated with designing an Elementary Hindi blended course in Canvas and PressBooks.

In Memorium: Kannikar Elbow

As many of you already know, our Thai instructor of 12 years, Kannikar Elbow, passed away last week after her courageous fight against cancer.

Her obituary and the information regarding the Memorial Gathering scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday, November 15) are now available at the Gunderson Funeral Home website.

Professor Huntington tells a traditional Chinese ghost story

Rania Huntington, professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, tells a traditional Chinese ghost story during a Chinese-style haunted house at the Mosse Humanities Building Friday. The benefit event, hosted by the UW-Madison Chinese Language and Culture Club, also featured theatrical characters and clues for guests to solve a murder mystery. Read full story.

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