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

Kayla Lewis being interviewed

UW-Madison student Kayla Lewis being interviewed just outside Narita International Airport, shortly after the group’s arrival. PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAM L. KERN

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!”

Jeff Chiqui, a freshman from Chicago, opened the email and thought: “I’m in big trouble.”

He wasn’t. Kern, a professor of Japanese literature and visual culture, had been chosen for an extensive profile on a popular prime-time television program in Japan. The show’s producers wanted Kern to pick four students to accompany him on a free, week-long trip to Japan.

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New ESL active learning lab expands learning possibilities for international students

Students in Dan Pell’s course study in the active learning lab

Students in Dan Pell’s course study in the active learning lab in the English as a Second Language Department inside Helen C. White Hall. PHOTO: BRYCE RICHTER

It might be hard to imagine a journalism student, a future economist, a cancer researcher and an aspiring statistician in the same 16-person class in Helen C. White Hall.

More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students at UW–Madison are united by a common thread: the need for English language skills.

“Here in the ESL program, we have a pretty happy staff because they feel the same way I do,” says English as a Second Language director Sandra Arfa. “That we are rather lucky to have such a diverse population of students to work with — and it’s fun.”

The ESL program — part of the English Department — recently celebrated the launch of a new interactive learning lab. Dan Pell, the designer of the learning lab, sought to create a dynamic space that provided flexibility for instructors based on different learning goals.

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Story written by Will Hoverman.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda

Lindsay Carrera

Lindsay Carrera

Peace Corps Volunteers know that service isn’t a bucket list item; it’s a life-long dedication. Once you are part of the Peace Corps family, you are always a member. No one knows that better than Lindsay Carrera, a Hartland, Wisconsin, native who recently completed her service in Uganda.

“I have always wanted to do Peace Corps – since I was young,” Carrera said, “I love learning about people and trying to help. It was an educational experience.”

As a primary education teacher trainer in Uganda from 2013-16, Carrera provided training and support to elementary school teachers. She also worked intensively with administrators and primary school management committees to improve education in her community.

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Story credited to PEACECORPSCHICAGO.