Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar

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In addition to its five summer language institutes, WISLI is proud to be hosting a new FLAS-eligible online program in Summer 2021: the Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar.  The Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar, developed by Professor Katrina Daly Thompson and led by Dr. Adeola Agoke, allows students engage in supported, self-directed language study.

This is a new fully online program to help serve students who are not already well-served by traditional summer language programs for one of two reasons:

  1. Students who have achieved such an advanced level of language proficiency that traditional programs no longer serve their learning needs, or
  2. Students who are studying rarely-taught languages that are otherwise not offered in the classroom.

This 8-credit program is intended to complement existing summer language programs; as such, students who are eligible to enroll in a traditional language program should be encouraged to do so. Such students would not be competitive candidates for the Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar.


Students wishing to study languages from any world region are eligible to apply. The Summer Intensive Multilanguage Seminar will be offered as an online asynchronous course, so students can take part from anywhere. Enrollment in the Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar will be limited in order to fully support each learner.  Given the self-instructional nature of this program, it is designed primarily for graduate students who need this language for research. However, highly motivated undergraduates who work well independently will be considered.  Interested students should contact WISLI ( as soon as possible to determine their eligibility.


A theoretical and practical exploration of second language acquisition (SLA) and self-instructional methods. Test and/or modify one or more theories/methods by putting these self-instructional methods into practice in order to learn a less commonly taught language (LCTL).

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Create an individualized study plan for learning a less commonly taught language (LCTL)
  • Explain the characteristics of a good language learner according to Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories
  • Discuss and write about the application of SLA theories to language self-instruction
  • Find, evaluate, and create learning materials for a LCTL
  • Train a conversation partner to help them learn a language
  • Use the internet to conduct research and share information with others
  • Use metacognitive strategies to evaluate and improve their learning, compare different learning strategies, and style-shift
  • Assess your achievement of their learning goals

The credit standard for this course is met by an expectation of a total of 360 hours of student engagement with the course learning activities, which include reading, writing, self-assessment, language-learning activities, meetings with speakers of the target language, and other student work as described in the syllabus.


Complete the online Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar ApplicationApplications are due April 1, 2021.

The application will include an essay (approximately 750 words) describing your reasons for wanting to take part in the UW-Madison Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar. Be sure to include how you plan to meet the challenge of an intensive language learning environment, your motivation to learn your selected language, and evidence that you can be successful in self-instructional learning. If you have already identified learning resources and/or a conversation partner for your language, please describe how you plan to work with those resources.

You will be asked to include two references in your application.  One of the references should be able to speak to your ability to work independently, even if the letter is not from a language instructor.

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible to use a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award to pay their tuition and fees.

For students interested in apply for a FLAS award: Please consult with the FLAS coordinator of the Center through which you are applying for an award.

For FLAS Coordinators: As with any FLAS award, the awardee’s course of study must be approved by the relevant regional International and Foreign Language Education Program Officer.  FLAS Coordinators, please consult with your FLAS Program Officer to discuss the unique circumstances of your FLAS student(s). The IFLE Program Officers are aware of Intensive Multilanguage Seminar and prepared to review requests for summer FLAS funding.

Students wishing to study an African language through the Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar may also apply for a summer FLAS award via the University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program.

Alternatively, students may also be eligible to apply for the WISLI Tuition Scholarship.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to seek  out conversation partners as they apply so that they have identified individuals by the start of the course.


Tuition charged to students is based on standard UW-Madison summer tuition rates. WISLI is committed to making our instruction as affordable as possible while keeping the highest quality of instruction, and assures all admitted students that they will receive scholarships so that the maximum out-of-pocket tuition cost to students will not exceed the predetermined tuition amount ($5000).

The tuition amount includes the UW-Madison segregated fees but does not include the cost of textbooks, living expenses, hiring an optional language partner (the typical rate of a language tutor being estimated at $15-$20/hr), or the new student transcript fee. The new student transcript fee will be charged by UW-Madison to any student who has never taken a course at UW-Madison. The fee is $130 and will be assessed only one time per student, with the benefit of unlimited transcript orders. If you have already taken a course at UW-Madison, you should not have to pay the fee.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has mandated that all international students and their dependents residing in this country be enrolled in the UW-Madison’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  For further information, please contact the SHIP Program, University Health Services, (608)-265-5232.


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