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September 18, 2006

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WEBCASTS TO BRING TOGETHER LANGUAGE EDUCATORS, WISCONSIN K-12 TEACHERS

DATE: September 15, 2006

CONTACT: Dianna Murphy, Associate Director, Language Institute, UW-Madison, (608) 262-1575, diannamurphy@wisc.edu

In a unique partnership, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute and the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT) will sponsor several live webcasts of the Language Institute’s 2006-07 lecture series, National Standards and Instructional Strategies for Language Teaching.

K-12 language teachers throughout the State of Wisconsin who are members of WAFLT will be able to log in online and view a live video stream of the lectures and responses, then submit questions or comments to the speakers by email. Members of WAFLT, the state foreign language teacher organization, will also be able to view archives of the webcasts online after each lecture.

The talks in the lecture series, by nationally prominent scholars and leaders in foreign education and research, will address topics related to the “5 C’s” of the National Standards for Foreign Language Education: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Responses to the lectures will be from University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty including Gilles Bousquet, Dean, Division of International Studies; Robert Howell, Director, International Academic Programs; and Ellen Rafferty, Chair, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, as well as by other leaders in the field such as Paul Sandrock, President, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Consultant for World Languages Education, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an international leader in foreign language education and research, offering instruction in over 60 languages. The UW-Madison Language Institute supports collaboration in research, education, and community outreach in world languages, literatures, and cultures. The Language Institute is an initiative of the College of Letters and Science, with substantial support from the Division of International Studies.

For the full schedule and abstracts of lectures in the series National Standards and Instructional Strategies for Foreign Language Teaching, see:

http://www.languageinstitute.wisc.edu/content/faculty_and_staff/national_standards.htm

For more information about the Language Institute, please visit our website: www.languageinstitute.wisc.edu

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