Exciting New Program: World Languages Institute

The Belin-Blank Center and the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Iowa have partnered to develop the World Languages Institute.  The purpose of this institute is to prepare high school students to succeed in the global 21st century by increasing access and high level-success in world languages.  There are three major goals for the Institute.

  1. Increase the number of students nationally who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in world languages.
  2. Increase the number of high AP exam scores (4 and 5) in world languages.
  3. Provide opportunities for teachers to become more expert at teaching AP language courses and preparing students to excel on the national exams.

For academic year 2012-2013, we received a grant from the University of Iowa Office of the Provost to initiate the  Institute on a limited scale.  This first year, the Institute is available only to students and teachers from Iowa and in the critical languages of AP Chinese and AP Japanese.

For year 2012-2013, 30 Iowa students in grades 10 and 11 will be selected for the Institute based on teacher recommendations in the languages of either Chinese or Japanese.  These students will be invited to the University of Iowa for an AP Languages Camp (July 7-9, 2013) to meet with university faculty in Chinese and Japanese and receive preparation to take AP courses and exams during the school year 2013-2014.  Students selected for the AP camp will be expected take either AP Chinese or Japanese and take the AP exam in May 2014.  Students selected for the AP camp will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the 3-day camp and have the cost of the AP language exam covered.

Iowa teachers  of Chinese and Japanese selected for the Institute will receive a fellowship which covers the cost of attending the AP Teacher Training Institute (APTTI) in either Chinese or Japanese at the University of Iowa (July 8-11, 2013).  These teachers will be working with University of Iowa faculty to become more expert in Chinese and Japanese and help prepare their students to succeed on AP exams.

For further information and registration, please go to languagesinstitute.org

The World Languages Institute is co-directed by:

Russell Ganim, director, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Nicholas Colangelo, director, Belin-Blank Center

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