APTLI 2021 Student Resources

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Preparing for Remote Learning

Remote learning can be difficult from staying focused to technology issues. The following links will be helpful in getting the most out of your remote APTLI experience and improving your learning online.

Remote Learning Technology List: https://it.wisc.edu/learn/guides/learning-online-technology-tips-tools/

WISLI Summer 2020 Remote Preview: https://wisli.wisc.edu/wisli-summer-2020-preview-what-does-intensive-remote-language-instruction-look-like/

Remote Language Learning Tips: https://languages.wisc.edu/tips-for-remote-language-learning/

Zoom Help Center: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

WISLI Internet Connectivity Support and Best Practices: https://wisli.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/239/2020/05/Internet-Connectivity-Support-WISLI.pdf

MyUW & Canvas


MyUW is the home of most everything you will need to access for your course while at ATPLI, including:

  • wisc.edu email
  • access to Canvas
  • see your grades
  • set up a calendar

…so much more!

Log in to MyUW: https://my.wisc.edu/

If you have any issues related to MyUW or your wisc.edu email address, including forgetting your NetID and password, please contact the DoIT help desk: https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/

Canvas Resources

Canvas is the learning management system at UW-Madison. Here you can access your class information, assignments, Zoom links, etc.

Student Expectations

What Will Virtual Classes Look Like?

Classes will meet Mondays through Fridays for a minimum of 4.5 synchronous instructional hours each day (8:30AM – 1:00PM Central Time). Students are expected to be available online for these times as well as be able to access the internet for homework, practice, and projects outside of class time.

Course materials will be organized in Canvas (See MyUW & Canvas tab) which is the learning management system at UW-Madison. Students will also use digital platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Webex instructor-facilitated class meetings.

All activities, whether synchronous or asynchronous, will be teacher-led, facilitated, or moderated.

Course dynamics can include:

    • Synchronous all-class meetings
    • Daily reflective questions
    • Lectures and presentations
    • Audio and video activities
    • Reading
    • Assignments and tasks
    • Student presentation and interviews
    • Regular formative and summative assignments

In addition to classes, there will also be co-curricular activities to provide opportunities for language practice and use outside of class hours.

APTLI staff and instructors are committed to students’ language learning goals and will provide support to ensure the highest quality of learning experience possible.

What does APTLI expect from me?

  1. Daily attendance in class
  2. Your full effort in learning a language, synchronously, asynchronously, and through after-class assignments and study
  3. Respect and courtesy toward your instructors and classmates
  4. Promptness in dealing with administrative matters (registration, payment, etc)
  5. Openness to participating in APTLI events
  6. Patience, understanding, and flexibility while navigating language-learning online

What should I expect from APTLI?

  1. Assistance and encouragement to learn your chosen language
  2. Well-prepared lessons and class activities
  3. Respect and empathy for the difficulties of learning a language, and the added challenge of learning in the remote environment
  4. Engaging and inspiring co-curricular activities
  5. Openness and promptness in dealing with student problems and concerns
  6. Patience, understanding, and flexibility while navigating learning a language online

Absence Policy Summer 2021

Tardiness and Absence Policies:

The tardiness and absence policy of your instructor may be stricter than the policy listed below and will supersede the APTLI policies. Please refer to the syllabus of your class for any adjustments to the policies.


One absence per semester is permissible.
Two absences in a semester will result in a grade deduction for that semester.
Three or more absences in a semester will result in automatic failure of the course.

Things to note:

  • Absences on days of exams, projects, presentations, etc. will lead to failure of that coursework. There will be no make-ups of exams, projects, presentations, etc. due to absence.
  • Failure of the first/third/fifth-semester course prohibits students from moving to the second/fourth/sixth-semester course and will result in dismissal from the program without refund.
  • Contact hours for federal grants require that the SASLI program must end on the last day of class. Requests to leave or take final exams early will not be granted.
  • Pre-program requests for absences will not be granted.

Emergency circumstances for absences can be reviewed on an individual basis.


Arriving to class on time is important for successful participation in the APTLI program. Being late to class is disruptive and disrespectful to one’s instructor(s) and classmates, and could result in a marked absence or grade deduction.

Should a student experience an extended illness or the need to care for an ill family member, we ask you to contact your instructor and APTLI (aptli@lpo.wisc.edu) as soon as possible to make a plan.

Pass/Fail Option

Students who are interested in taking their APTLI course Pass/Fail should follow the steps located at: https://kb.wisc.edu/7700#change

When you have the form ready to be signed, please email it to aptli@lpo.wisc.edu. Exceptions are noted below.

  • If you are a FLAS or WISLI Tuition Scholarship student, please contact us before submitting the Pass/Fail option so that we can request this allowance on your behalf.
  • Similarly, if you are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at UW-Madison, please contact APTLI before submitting the Pass/Fail option, as your process will be slightly different.

McBurney Disability Resource Center & University Health Services

McBurney Disability Resource Center

The McBurney Center offers a wide array of services for students with disabilities. If you are in need of any of the services provided by the Center, please feel free to contact the McBurney Center staff directly. For a list of the services provided, please visit the website: https://mcburney.wisc.edu/

McBurney Phone:  608-263-2741
McBurney Text:  608-225-7956
McBurney Fax:  608-265-2998

University Health Services

University Health Services has available mental health, physical health, and well-being services available to all students at the University. Though this summer is remote, UHS will be providing a (limited) number of their services via online appointments. A full list of what is accessible to you can be found here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/remotehealth/

UHS Email: uhs@uhs.wisc.edu
UHS Phone: 608-265-5600

24-hour mental health crisis line: 608-265-5600 option 9

Additional resources:

Student Wellness

It is just as important to take care of your health and wellbeing throughout the program as any other aspect of your studies. Your instructors, APTLI Staff, and UW-Madison are all available for you when needed. We understand an intensive program brings its challenges and strongly encourage you to reach out if you are feeling overwhelmed.

Below, are a few resources to help you navigate your well-being throughout the summer. These include ways to check-in with yourself, tips for managing stress, and Campus Services.

  • WISLI Wellness Worksheet is a great first place to start. This worksheet includes helpful questions for reflection, University resources, and more.
  • University Health Services has available mental health, wellness, physical health, and survivor resources available to all students. We encourage you to look at the other UHS services listed under the “McBurney Disability Resource Center and University Health Services” tab.

Tips for Success

  1. Do the work: Whether face-to-face or online, APTLI is a lot of work.  This summer’s typical workload consists of 4.5 hrs of synchronous class time plus extra hours for homework and review. The review time is critical for locking in concepts that you cover in class. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your review time, see the next point!
  2. Go to Office Hours: Your instructors and TA’s are there to talk you through concepts from class and are a great resource for finding ways to review and practice in your own time. Office hours are the best way to make sure you have control of new grammar or structures before starting your homework and review time on your own.
  3. Make a Plan: Whether for your review time or for group discussions, you need to make a plan. During your synchronous classes or while doing homework, note what doesn’t stick, and reach out to your peers and Instructors to plan how you will address those points in your next session. Think about scripting, reading out loud, asking questions, drills conjugating new verbs, etc.
  4. Share What Works: Connect with your classmates to practice your target language and share your strategy for advancing. Connecting with your peers will not only help advance your technical skills in your target language but also help build a support system and community to lean on now and in your future academic and career ventures.
  5. Do the work: Whether face-to-face or online, APTLI is a lot of work.  You’re only accountable to yourself.  Take a moment every few days and really look at the time you are putting in, and the effort you’re putting into that time.  If you are struggling, do not hesitate to reach out to your peers, instructors, or APTLI staff. We know this is an intense program and will do what we can to support you.

APTLI Staff Contacts

First Last Position Email address Work Phone Number Expertise
Kerry Uniyal APTLI Program Coordinator aptli@lpo.wisc.edu (608) 262-5666 Day-to-day APTLI questions, instructor and student admin questions, general program questions, course materials, remote learning questions, FLAS evaluations, OPI schedules, student evaluations, etc.; often knows who to redirect to if needed
Project GO contact@rotcprojectgo.wisc.edu Anything Project GO
TURFLI TURFLI@iris.wisc.edu (608) 263-3981 Main contact for any day-to-day TURFLI student, program, etc. questions


During Class

If you have trouble connecting, hearing, etc. during your class session, please take the following steps:

  1. Close the browser and try reconnecting
  2. For audio issues, try unplugging and re-plugging in your headphones
  3. Make sure you are using Chrome
  4. Make sure videos in the class are muted unless necessary
  5. If none of this works, please contact the DoIT Help Desk: https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/
  6. If you can’t get through to DoIT, email aptli@lpo.wisc.edu or call us at (608) 262-5666

Tried everything and still having trouble?

If during class time, email us at aptli@lpo.wisc.edu, and we can try to troubleshoot.

If you do not get an immediate response, contact the DoIT Help Desk (https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/). They can see your account and your class and may be able to provide more individual help.

We will get you through this!