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SAFLI 2023 Instructors
**Coming in 2023**
SAFLI 2023 Language Partners
**Coming in 2023**
SAFLI Pedagogy Coordinator
Razima Chowdhury is the senior lecturer of Bangla/Bengali at Cornell University. She also speaks Hindi. She received her MA in TESOL from the Institute of Education, University College London. Ms. Chowdhury also has an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT, and a BA in the English Language from the University of Dhaka. She received the Fulbright FLTA in AY 2007-08 and the Centenary Scholarship for MA program for AY 2008-2009 awarded by the Centenary Scholarship Award, Institute of Education, University College London (UCL).
Ms. Chowdhury’s career spans over 17 years as an instructor of ESL and Bangla, tester, teacher trainer, translator, and interpreter in Bangladesh and the US. She is a certified ACTFL ILR OPI tester and WPT SOBL rater. She worked as the LCTL Pedagogy Coordinator for SASLI in 2021and 2019. Prior to her position as a Pedagogy Coordinator, she taught Bangla at SASLI from 2016 to 2018. In addition to her teaching experience in the US, she administered and developed intensive immersion language programs for Bangla in Dhaka, Bangladesh for Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, Fulbright, Boren, and Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) award recipients as the CLS institute director and as the Deputy Director of Bangla Language Institute at Independent University Bangladesh from 2010-2016.
RFLI Program Coordinator & RFLI-Culture Initiative Program Manager
Kylie Holland is the Program Coordinator for the Regional Flagship Language Initiatives (RFLI) servicing the Indonesian (IFLI), South Asian (SAFLI), and Turkish (TURFLI) programs. She has worked internationally from 2015 – 2020 and understands the unparalleled impact of learning a language and cultural exchange. Prior to her position at UW-Madison, she was an English Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps and worked as Resident Director of the IFLI program at the State University of Malang in Indonesia.
SASLI Program Coordinator
Marissa Beaty is the current Program Coordinator and former Program Assistant for the South Asia Summer Language Institute. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s in Art History and English. When she is not working or reading, you can find her biking or hiking throughout Wisconsin, hanging out with her family, or learning to bake some new delicacy (cheesecake is her specialty).
Associate Director, Center for South Asia
Dr. Sarah Beckham has previously served as the Hindi-Urdu Pedagogy Specialist for the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI), South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI), and Project Global Officer (GO) programs at UW-Madison, and she has also been a Hindi Lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Beckham specializes in sound systems of South Asian languages, with a research focus on contact linguistics and loanword phonology in Marathi. In addition, she is co-founding member of the Punjabi Boliyan Research Initiative (PBRI).
Director, Language Program Office (LPO)
Laura Hammond is the Founding Director of the Language Program Office (LPO – launched in January 2021) and won the Chancellor’s Award for excellence in leadership in 2020. She has been the SASLI program coordinator since the inaugural Summer of SASLI in 2003. Laura has a BFA in ceramic art from the University of Washington-Seattle and is working towards an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Laura has been overseas for work, travel, and education. As an art student, Laura completed a semester in Rome with the University of Washington – Seattle. Besides learning how to drink Chianti and order pizza by the ounce, Laura traveled throughout Italy delving into the art and architecture. From 1990-1991, she taught English in Taipei, Taiwan and travelled extensively throughout Asia, where she learned Mandarin and Indonesian. In 1986-1987, she also lived and worked in London as a work exchange student on the Council for International Educational Exchange. These travel experiences have given her an important edge in understanding the specific challenges of language acquisition as well as the need for language skills for any student who is interested in study, work, research or travel abroad.
Director, Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI)
Felecia Lucht is the Director of the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Lucht has an MA and PhD in German Linguistics with a PhD minor in Second Language Acquisition from UW-Madison. She holds an MA in International Affairs with a concentration in Comparative and Regional Studies from the School of International Service (SIS) at the American University in Washington, DC. She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she completed a double major in German and International Studies, and a minor in Russian. Prior to her role as WISLI Director, Lucht taught language classes and courses in second language acquisition, foreign language methodology, and foreign language testing. Lucht has studied German and Russian (and some Dutch), and is currently learning Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese.