Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science


Dr. Erlin Barnard receives Satya Abdi Budaya 2017 Award

Dr. Erlin Barnard received the Satya Abdi Budaya (SAB) award! SAB is the highest award given to BIPA (Indonesian for Foreign Speakers) experts who have steadfastly developed the field of teaching Indonesian as a foreign language both at home and abroad. 2017 awards recognized Prof. Dendy Sugono (Indonesia) and Erlin Susanti Barnard (University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States). Congratulations!

Korean Language & Culture presentation at STARTALK Conference

The 2017 STARTALK Fall Conference was held in Portland’s Hilton Downtown in Oregon from November 3 to 4, 2017.  This summer 11 different languages including Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu were offered to various levels of students from elementary to high schools throughout 124 programs in the U.S.A.  The STARTALK Program also offered teacher-training programs of these 11 languages online as well as offline.

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!”