Purnima Thakur

Position title: Program Coordinator for the RFLIs

Email: pthakur4@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-265-9582

Purnima Thakur is the Program Coordinator for the Regional Flagship Language Initiatives (RFLI) servicing Indonesian (IFLI), South Asian (SAFLI), and Turkish (TURFLI) programs. She holds an MPhil in Linguistics (Graduate Center, CUNY) with a focus on Second Language Acquisition and Phonology. She is certified to teach German as a foreign language (Grünes Diplom, Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune), and English as a Second Language (CELTA, New York).

Purnima grew up in Pune, India, speaking Marathi, Hindi, and English. Before moving to the United States, she taught German at the Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune for two years. In the United States, she has taught ESL, Hindi, Marathi, and Introductory Linguistics. A language teacher at heart, she is also an avid language learner and has studied some French, Italian, Gujarati, and Punjabi. Outside of work, you will find her catching up on the latest movies and shows, reading poetry, or taking long walks.