SASLI 2021 Student Resources

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Student Expectations

What will classes look like in this virtual environment?

  • Classes will meet for 20 hours a week for four hours a day, Monday-Friday, for four hours of synchronous class instruction per day. It is expected that students are available to be online for the class times, as well as have time to do homework, practice, and projects outside of class time.
  • Course materials will be organized in Canvas, the learning management system at UW-Madison, and use a digital platform such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Webex for instructor-facilitated class meetings.
  • The course content and format will be dynamic and can include:
    • Synchronous all-class meetings
    • Daily reflective questions
    • Lectures and presentations
    • Audio and video activities
    • Readings
    • Assignments and tasks
    • Student presentations and interviews
    • Regular Formative and Summative assessments
  • All activities, whether synchronous or asynchronous, will be teacher-led, facilitated, or moderated.
  • In addition to classes, there will also be co-curricular activities to provide opportunities for language practice and use outside of class hours.
  • SASLI staff and instructors are committed to students’ language learning goals and will provide support to ensure the highest quality of learning experience possible.

What should I expect from SASLI?

  1. Inspiration 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. Worthwhile 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

What does SASLI 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, )
  5. Openness to participating in SASLI events
  6. Patience, understanding, and flexibility while navigating delivering language-learning online

Absence Policy Summer 2021

Please visit the SASLI Absence Policy page for details. We do expect to need to be flexible and understanding during Summer 2021. We also expect that students will approach their SASLI studies seriously and with appropriate effort.

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 SASLI ( as soon as possible to make a plan.

Pass/Fail Option

Students who are interested in taking their SASLI course Pass/Fail should follow the steps located at:

When you have the form ready to be signed, please email it to 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 a in a degree-seeking program at UW-Madison, please contact SASLI before submitting the Pass/Fail option, as your process will be slightly different.

SAFLI and Project GO students should contact their program coordinator as pass/fail may not be allowed with these types of funding.

McBurney Disability Resource Center and 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:

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:

UHS Email:
UHS Phone: 608-265-5600

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

Additional resources:

– SilverCloud: an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides UW-Madison students and staff with accessible treatment options 24 hours a day. SilverCloud’s evidence-based learning modules address Anxiety, Depression, Body image, and Stress. Learn more and sign up here:
– Sleep tips and resources:
– Relaxation exercises (with audio):
– Meditation, including schedule for drop-in meditation classes on campus:


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, SASLI Staff, and UW-Madison are all available for you when needed. We understand an intensive program brings it 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.

SASLI Staff Contacts

First Last Position Email address Work Phone Number Expertise
Marissa Beaty SASLI Program Coordinator 608-261-1194 day-to-day SASLI 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 Anything Project GO
SAFLI 608-263-3981 Main contact for any day-to-day SAFLI student, program, etc. questions

Tips for Succeeding at an Intensive Language Program

Do the work – Whether face-to-face or online, SASLI is a lot of work.  This summers typical workload consists of 4hrs of synchronous class time, and another 4hrs of 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!

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.

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 script, reading out loud, asking questions, drills conjugating new verbs, etc.

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 built a support system and community to lean on now and in your future academic and career ventures.

Do the work – Whether face-to-face or online, SASLI is a lot of work.  You’re only accountable to you.  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 SASLI staff. We know this is an intense program and will do what we can to support you.

Preparing for Remote Learning


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

  • email
  • access to Canvas
  • see your grades
  • set up a calendar
  • so much more!

Log in to MyUW at

If you have any issues related to MyUW or your email address, including forgetting your NetID and password, please contact the DoIT help desk:

Canvas Resources

Tech troubleshooting 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:

6) If you can’t get through to DoIT, email or call us at 608-261-1194.

I have tried everything and I still can't connect!

If during class time, email us at, and we can try to troubleshoot.

If you do not get an immediate response, contact the DoIT Help Desk ( They can see your account and your class and may be able to provide more individual help.

We will get you through this!

OPI Familiarization Resources

SASLI has been working to improve its quantifiable data to promote the program and strengthen any weaknesses of our program. This data will help us promote SASLI and apply for funding to improve and grow the SASLI offerings. As a result, SASLI will pay for an official OPI, which will be conducted during the start and the end of the program.

This test in no way affects students standing at SASLI, but does have a variety of benefits from applying to academic programs, job applications, etc. We encourage students to take a look at the ACFTL OPI Resources document to familiarize themselves with the test and learn tips and tricks to succeed when taking their own OPI.