Category: Languages

How talking more can make you better at listening — to foreign languages

The typical foreign language class spends much of its time listening to fluent speakers — a teacher or a recording — and doing other comprehension-focused exercises, like matching printed words and phrases to pictures, but new research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that the students should spend more time talking.

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REFLECTIONS OF LANGUAGE LEARNERS STUDYING IN THE US

Studying abroad in the US might seem like a strange notion for many of the UW-Madison students who were born and raised in the US. But for the over 4,000 international students from over 130 countries currently enrolled in classes at the UW, it’s not such a strange idea. Before they attend an American university, however, they need to master the English language.

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UW Advance helps doctoral students from China learn and grow in Madison

When 33 PhD students from China’s Nanjing Agricultural University enrolled in the UW Advance program, they knew they’d get to discuss exciting ideas with faculty, researchers, and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This was their first taste of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the university’s knowledge should extend beyond the classroom, benefiting people around the world.

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Language summit draws reps from business, education, healthcare, and government

If 10 years ago you had asked Mark Tyler, president of OEM Fabricators, what cultural knowledge and language skills his company would need to expand onto a global market, he probably would have laughed.

“We are located in Woodville, Wisconsin, which had just over 1,000 people,” Tyler said. “At the time I wouldn’t have seen our business expanding beyond Wisconsin, much less around the world. Continue reading