Nâlân Erbil (she/her)

Pedagogy Director of the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute and the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative


1348 Van Hise Hall

Nâlân Erbil (pronounced as NAH-lahn U-er-beel) is the Faculty Associate in Turkish Studies in the department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+, and the Pedagogy Director at the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI) and the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MA and PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures with a PhD minor in Comparative Literature from UW-Madison, and a BA in English Literature from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. As an interdisciplinary literary teacher-scholar, she has taught modern Turkish language courses in Madison for the last ten years and currently teaches modern Turkish and late Ottoman languages, and literature and film courses. Her pedagogical interest lies in intercultural literacy and social justice education in teaching Turkey’s cultures including different ethnic and religious groups and the Turkish-German diaspora in Germany. She has studied Arabic and Persian, and is currently learning the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish.

Kylie Holland

APTLI Coordinator


(608) 265-2652

B488 Medical Science Center

Kylie Holland is the Arabic, Persian, & Turkish Language Institute (APTLI) Coordinator and the International Program Coordinator for both the Turkish and Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative programs (TURFLI / IFLI). She has worked internationally since 2015 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 the Resident Director of the IFLI program at the State University of Malang in Indonesia. Ms. Holland has a BA from the University of Arkansas in Psychology with a focus on language acquisition in toddlers. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and is currently learning Spanish.

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Felecia Lucht

Director, Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI)

APTLI Program Director



327 Ingraham Hall

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.

Csanád Siklós

Assistant Director for Students and Curriculum



301 A Ingraham Hall

Csanád Siklós is Assistant Director for Students and Curriculum at the Institute for Regional and International Studies at UW-Madison. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director and Outreach Specialist for UW-Madison’s European Studies Centers. He has considerable experience in the field of language learning, having previously been a lecturer in Norwegian at UW-Madison, and a private consultant, editor, and translator for the Rosetta Stone and University Language Services. He has a doctorate in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington (2002). Csanád speaks native Hungarian, fluent Norwegian, and German.

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