WISLI Instructor Event on June 28, 2024: Recent Research in WISLI Programs

Recent Research in WISLI Programs
Student Proficiency in Speaking and Student Engagement in Language Learning Activities
Dianna Murphy and Jana Martin
University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute
Friday, June 28, 2024
2:30-3:30 p.m. Central
Audience: WISLI Instructors
[Location and Zoom link provided to instructors via e-mail]

WISLI programs are a national treasure, offering access to instruction in less and least commonly taught languages to students and working professionals from across the United States. With the breadth of LCTLs offered through WISLI, the intensive summer programs are also a productive site for research on LCTL teaching and learning. This presentation will share findings from a recent, multi-year mixed methods research study situated in WISLI programs in 14 languages that investigated student speaking proficiency outcomes in both face-to-face and online formats and explored student self-reported engagement in different language learning and language use activities. The study was funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and ACTFL.

Dianna Murphy (PhD, Slavic Linguistics) is director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute, co-director of the Russian Flagship Program, and a core member of the Second Language Acquisition Doctoral Program. Her research focuses on U.S. postsecondary language education, with recent studies looking at national trends, learning outcomes, and language program design.

Jana Martin is associate director of the UW-Madison Language Institute and coordinator of the SLA PhD Program. Her native language is Slovak, and she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a PhD in German and a minor in Second Language Acquisition. Jana’s research includes the exploration of factors associated with student engagement and mutual understanding in postsecondary educational contexts.

For more information about the LCTL Speaking Study, visit: https://languageinstitute.wisc.edu/speaking-proficiency/.