World Language Education

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World Language Education

The World Language Education program offers masters degrees designed to assist classroom teachers with license renewal and a doctoral program that involves students from all corners of the world representing a broad spectrum of languages and professional interests. Doctoral students at UW-Madison have a strong sociocultural orientation that matches the most current research trends in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, curriculum theory, critical pedagogy, and applied semiotics. Our graduates study how languages are learned and taught in primary and secondary schools, as well as in post-secondary settings. Their major is in World Language Education, but they can earn minors in Second Language Acquisition, International Education, or other areas of specialization. In other words, the graduate program is custom made for each student.

Faculty in the area also prepare and certify teachers of French, German, and Spanish. We emphasize a thorough approach to teaching languages, an approach that combines knowledge of published standards both for languages and for teacher education, with an in-depth understanding of language learning in real classroom settings. 

  • Francois Tochon, Professor, Ph.D. Laval University, 1990; Ph.D. University of Ottawa, 1997

    Foreign language teacher education, international studies in curriculum, instruction, and teacher education

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