Category: Languages

Undergraduate Russian Flagship students present research at UCLA conference

Congratulations to Russian Flagship students Alex Steiner and Kendall Werneiwski, who participated in the UCLA Undergraduate Conference on Slavic and East/Central European Studies in Los Angeles on April 29, 2017. Steiner and Werneiwski were nominated by the Russian Flagship Program to participate in the annual conference, where students have the opportunity to integrate their language skills with focused investigations into the histories, politics, literatures, and cultures of the regions where those languages are spoken.

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MIPA student Frankel receives foreign-studies fellowship

Cassie Frankel, a second-year student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for the 2017–18 academic year. Frankel will use the fellowship to study Arabic through UW–Madison’s Center for European Studies.

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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.