Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science


Courtside Language Lessons to Chinese Speech Contest

David Burnett put Madison on his back this Saturday at the 16th Annual Midwest regional chinese speech contest. He’s a first year student at UW-Madison in third year Chinese who had a drive to win on his home turf.

The speech contest had over 60 participants coming from over 15 different universities. Students competed according to speaking ability and heritage status. A trip to China was awarded to the top two speakers in the Non-heritage Advanced High group. Nine UW-Madison students competed in the contest.

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.