College students in a classroom
Oct 18, 2023

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).


Jason Bradford
Jun 21, 2023

Late UNI alum challenges his disability through published poetry

One of the North American Review Press' most recent publications is "Stellaphasia," a collection of poems by late UNI alum Jason Bradford.


Juan Carlos Castillo writing in Spanish on a white board
Jun 08, 2023

Heritage speakers learn the art of translation

Students in Juan Carlos Castillo's Translation for Heritage Speakers class get a taste of what translation can look like in the real world.


Jake Volk standing in the library
May 30, 2023

English graduate student combines his design, teaching, and academic skills in North American Review fellowship

Graduate Student Jake Volk works with the North American Review to help sustain the legacy and forward-looking nature of America's oldest literary magazine. 


McKenna Mitchell in Spain
May 25, 2023

UNI alum will teach in Spain through Fulbright Program

For McKenna Mitchell, putting her UNI TESOL teaching degree to use in Spain is a dream come true. It's a dream made possible by the Fulbright Program.


Student on laptop
Jan 24, 2023

UNI ranks in top 15% for online master’s in education programs

UNI's online master’s in education programs ranked in the top 15% nationally, based on the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs.


Emmalee Fannon and Cassey Bly in front of InterAmerican Academy
Jan 18, 2023

UNI students have life-changing experience student teaching in Ecuador

During the fall 2022 semester, UNI students Cassey Bly and Emmalee Fannon spent 16 weeks student teaching in Guayaquil, Ecuador.


French film festival banner
Jan 13, 2023

French Film Festival returns to UNI

The third annual French Film Festival, hosted by the UNI Department of Languages & Literatures, will be held Jan. 22 through Feb. 26.


Erika bass headshot
Nov 21, 2022

Featuring our faculty: Erika Bass

As a former licensed teacher, Erika Bass draws on her depth of experience in the classroom to provide her students with an involved perspective on what it takes to be a great teacher.

Bass spent several years teaching English at Martinsville High School in Martinsville, Virginia, before making the move to higher education – teaching at Virginia Tech and Radford University.


Students in a college classroom
Nov 02, 2022

UNI Department of Languages & Literatures awarded more than $1 million grant for ESL teacher preparation project

The Department of Education has awarded two UNI professors a grant to launch a new project to improve English as a second language instruction.


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