Application to Take a Less Commonly Taught Language

for UW Graduate Students and Faculty


The REECAS Program offers instruction in many languages from the region, but we have found that there is the occasional need for a graduate student to take a less commonly taught language (LCTL) not available at the University or to attain training at a more advanced level in one of our regularly-taught regional languages. Often, students will enroll in summer language programs for this sort of LCTL or advanced training, but that provides only one year of study, and many students would prefer to take LCTLs or advanced language courses during the regular academic year.

In order to augment our offerings, REECAS is applying for continued funding from the US Department of Education to support LCTL/advanced language tutorials.  Thus we are inviting applications to propose such tutorials for the 2010-11 academic year. A review committee composed of REECAS Program faculty will meet in March to consider applications. We expect to make our decisions as expeditiously as possible so that announcements of the awards (contingent on funding) can be made by the middle of April. During specified quarters of 2010-11, successful applicants will be provided with a tutor from the appropriate native-speaker community in the Puget Sound region, and a faculty member to oversee the tutorial, in order to provide necessary language skills.

Please note that funds pay tutor salaries only. Students applying for tutors do not receive any financial assistance through this program.

We will consider the following factors in making our decision: the importance of the tutorial for achieving students’ professional/academic goals; the number of other students interested in the same language or language level; and the availability of appropriate native-language tutors.

To apply, please submit a 2-page essay, double-spaced, 12 font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman), with 1 inch margins on all sides, to explain your interest in learning a LCTL or advanced level of a regional language and your plans for utilizing it in your research or post-graduate endeavors. You should also submit an (unofficial is fine) transcript and letter of recommendation along with your essay. Please include your email address in your application, so that we can contact you if necessary.

You must be UW faculty, graduate student or applicant to be considered, with priority going to current or future students. 

Applications are due February 26, 2010 for the 2010-11 academic year.

Please email or send application and contact information to:

Marta Mikkelsen
Associate Director, REECAS Program
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195


The Ellison Center
REECAS Program
Box 353650
203B Thomson Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4852 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax