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World Language Education

A world at peace is a world that has learned to communicate.

One central mission of the World Language Education program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to prepare and certify teachers of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese, although other languages are always welcome to join us. The program provides the rare opportunity to observe and participate in classroom activities in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools across the four semesters of the regular teacher certification program. We emphasize an approach to language teaching that combines knowledge of professional standards for both languages and teacher education, with an in-depth understanding of language acquisition and intercultural competence. Each student in the program develops a web-based portfolio that is available to school principals and other potential employers when students finish the program and prepare for the job market.

The other central mission of the program is to prepare graduate researchers in World Language Education, including issues of bilingualism, inclusiveness, and globalization at the Masters and the Ph.D. levels. Courses are selected to address the needs and interests of the students in the graduate program. There is a brief description of these programs on this website as well as here on the School of Education website. Interested students should contact Marilyn Fearn, the graduate program coordinator in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, for information regarding admissions to the graduate program.

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WLE ePortfolio authoring
This section is a collection of WLE area ePortfolio requirements and guidelines for use in creating ePortfolios. More

WLE Handbook
This is a direct link to an online version of the WLE Handbook for Cooperating Teachers, Student Teachers and University Supervisors. More

Student Teaching
This area provides a collection of handbooks, course syllabi and other resources to aid cooperating teachers and WLE student teachers in their field placements. More

WLE program
This section provides details regarding the WLE program as well as Frequently Asked Questions regarding various subjects More
Faculty and staff
Visit the Bios section to read about the WLE faculty and staff More
Preventing Language Discrimination
This section provides a collection of resources and advice for university students, faculty and administrators in working to prevent language discrimination against students for whom English is not a native language More

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