Languages & Communications

Students network with professionals at desks

UNI professor provides students “Next Step” into the real world

Most graduates entering the “real world” are left to figure out these things on their own… until now, thanks to the Next Step Program at UNI.
UNI campus in the summer

TESOL professional development events held in April

Learn about the Iowa Symposium on English Language Teaching and TESOL Club Conference
Jeremy Schraffenberger

UNI English professor receives prestigious Harvard University Dearborn Fellowship

Jeremy Schraffenberger, professor of English and co-editor of the North American Review, has been awarded the Harvard University Dearborn Fellowship.
Dezirae Wiley in Alaska

Finding community 3,000 miles from home at UNI

Dezirae Wiley is an Alaska native who transferred to UNI and has found her community 3,000 miles from her hometown.
Vince Gotera

Gov. Kim Reynolds appoints UNI Professor Vince Gotera as Iowa Poet Laureate

Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed UNI’s Vince Gotera, professor in the Department of Languages & Literatures, to serve a two-year term as Iowa Poet Laureate.
UNI Student teaching 3 young children sitting down

Leading The Way In Language

In the state of Iowa, English learners (those whose first language is something other than English) are among the fastest-growing populations in our schools, according to the Iowa Department of Education. With an increase of nearly 60% in the past decade, all Iowa districts need to be prepared to serve English learners, including immigrant children and youth.
Jared Gadson

UNI student to conclude “20-year odyssey” toward bachelor’s degree

Jared Gadson's upcoming University of Northern Iowa graduation is a journey that's been 20 years in the making.
Students going over notes in a classroom

A unique approach to teaching academic writing to international students

UNI students whose first language is not English are learning about college writing and research in a course section specifically designed for them.