Community Language Fellowship


Application Deadline: May 10, 2024

Summer 2024 The Community Language Fellowship gives 2-3 current Wisconsin K–12 teachers or university language students the opportunity to create engaging community language courses tailored for children or adults in a critical language.

As a fellow, you will embark on a journey of creativity and pedagogical innovation, developing 1 comprehensive 6-week course, aimed at fostering language and cultural understanding.

Fellows will be paid $3,000 for work during a 4-6 week period from early-July to mid-August 2024. During the fellowship, fellows will dedicate 80 hours (remote work with virtual meetings) to developing course content and teaching materials (fellows will have access to additional grant funding to help defray expenses for content development). Fellows will be Whether you specialize in reading, writing, or speaking, your expertise will be channeled into crafting courses that captivate learners and immerse them in the richness of the target language and its cultural nuances.

Key aspects of the fellowship include:

  • Course Development: Fellows will leverage their linguistic proficiency and teaching experience to design courses that are highly engaging and immersive. Each course will be meticulously structured to cater to the needs and interests of the target audience
  • Pedagogical Innovation: Fellows will explore innovative teaching methodologies and instructional techniques to create dynamic and interactive learning environments. Through a blend of multimedia resources, real-life scenarios, and interactive activities, courses will be designed to promote active participation and proficiency development.
  • Cultural Integration: Recognizing the inseparable link between language and culture, fellows will infuse cultural elements throughout the curriculum. From literature and folklore to traditions and customs, learners will gain invaluable insights into the cultural fabric that shapes the language they are learning.
  • Teaching Materials Development: Fellows will produce a comprehensive range of teaching materials, including lesson plans, worksheets, multimedia resources, and assessment tools. These materials will serve as invaluable resources for both learners and fellow educators, fostering continuity and sustainability beyond the fellowship period.

Interested individuals must be fluent (reading, writing, speaking) in one (or more) of the following languages: Arabic Somali Burmese Rohingya Swahili Nepali Hmong Japanese Chines Italian Portuguese Russian Somali Vietnamese Laos The fellowship serves as a platform for language preservation, cultural exchange, pedagogical innovation, community engagement, and empowerment of language teachers. By participating in the fellowship, individuals have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of language education and cultural understanding, ultimately shaping the future of global communication and collaboration.

This program is made possible by The School of Education and by the National Resource Center Title VI Grant Program through the Institute of World Affairs at UWM’s Center of International Education and the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.