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Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning (MELL)

About

Launched in 2006, the Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning (MELL) project tracks and reports on world language learning and trends in Washington State. For example, what languages are students learning? Are language enrollments declining or increasing? What is the impact of world language competency-based credit testing? Dual language programming? How can we ensure equitable and consistent access to world language learning?

MELL represents a significant effort to help policy makers, educators, students, and parents understand which languages students are currently learning in our K-12 schools, community colleges, and in after-school language programs. MELL is an ongoing collaborative endeavor by the UW Jackson School of International Studies, UW Language Learning Center, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State Coalition for International Education, and Washington Association For Language Teaching (WAFLT).

Current Members

  • Michele Anciaux Aoki, PhD, MELL Project Manager
  • Paul K. Aoki, PhD, Director of the UW Language Learning Center, University of Washington
  • Russell Hugo, PhD, Assistant Director of the UW Language Learning Center, University of Washington
  • Tamara Leonard, Managing Director of the Center for Global Studies, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • Veronica Trapani, World Languages Supervisor, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Recent sponsored events

Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT) Conference 

WAFLT is commited to the growth and expansion of language learning and teaching throughout the state of Wisconsin. In addition, WAFLT offers numerous opportunities for professional development, grants and awards  reaching out to language teachers at all levels of instruction.

Watch the video of the MELL presentation for WAFLT: Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning in WA 2020 Update / Preparing for Virtual WAFLT:

Heritage Language Symposium 

The UW STARTALK program invites language teaching colleagues from the University of Washington and around the state for the STARTALK-sponsored symposium on working with heritage language learners.


Visit MELL’s homepage for more information, including maps, reports, data, reporting, and events.

For more information on MELL, please contact: Tamara Leonard at tleonard@uw.edu 


The MELL Project is supported by the following UW Centers: