Languages & Communications

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.
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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.
Ben Hagarty speaking at Fast Forward

Fast Forward at UNI ignites interest in digital media careers

Nearly every year since 2005, UNI graduates have given back to the next generation of media professionals by being a part of Fast Forward Digital Media Workshop.
Pat Blank and Bob Dorr holding up Department of Communication and Media Hall of Fame awards

UNI Department of Communication and Media inducts inaugural Hall of Fame honorees

UNI’s Department of Communication and Media has inducted the first members into its Hall of Fame, welcoming Pat Blank and Bob Dorr.
Cedar Valley Youth Poet Laureate

North American Review launches Cedar Valley Youth Poet Laureate program

The North American Review literary magazine, housed on the UNI campus, is excited to announce the launch of the Cedar Valley Youth Poet Laureate program.
College students in a classroom

Grant from U.S. Department of Education helps address shortage of English as a Second Language teachers

As part of a grant of almost $1.5 million awarded to the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Languages & Literatures, a new cohort of 15 graduate students have begun working toward their English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement or master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).