Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning



About the Language Commons


Contact Us!

The Language Commons is located on the 2nd floor of New Cabell Hall.
Mailing Address: The Language Commons / University of Virginia /  PO Box 400711 Charlottesville, VA 22904


Meet the Language Commons Team

Hope Fitzgerald manages the Language Commons and its on-grounds spaces. As an instructional designer, she also consults with world language instructors in developing and implementing new approaches to language instruction. Prior to joining Learning Design & Technology, Hope was the Assistant Director of the Middlebury College School in Jordan. She has served as an Arabic language lecturer at several US and international universities, and holds MA degrees in Foreign Language Education and Geography. 


Keith Samuels is the Language Lab Coordinator. As the Lab Coordinator he works with instructors to schedule, train, assist, support, and prepare for all activities that take place in the language lab. Prior to joining Language Design & Technology, Keith worked in IT for Re:discovery Software and spent two years working for ITS in Classroom Support at UVa. Keith has over 20 years of experience teaching and training adults and students in various forms of technology and music. Keith graduated from James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree.


2017-2018 Language Lab Assistants

Kim Daw is a Language Lab Assistant in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group. She is a third-year student studying Russian and Eastern European Studies along with Linguistics. She volunteers as an ESL assistant and works as the webmaster and communications chair at the Shea House. She speaks Russian and German and is currently learning Armenian.  

Sharvani Mehta is a third-year student in the McIntire School of Commerce, concentrating in Marketing & Management. She is interested in global commerce and international economics and has experience in public relations, social media marketing, and international studies. Sharvani is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati and has studied French and Arabic. 

Taylor Shuford is a third year student studying Ecomonics and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Outside of the lab, he plays on UVa’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team, volunteers through Madison House, and works as a research assistant at the JADE Lab.