Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning

About the Language Commons

The Language Commons seeks to facilitate excellence in language learning and teaching at UVA by providing spaces, resources, and programming. In the Language Commons, UVA language faculty can utilize the Language Lab for class activities, access professional development opportunities, hold class activities in the Commons, and consult instructional design resources. Language learners can access online resources any time, or visit the LC to spend time in a second language through our events, TV access, library, games, and study spaces. In collaboration with partners such as the Institute for World Languages, UVA world language programs, and student organizations, the Language Commons offers innovative programs and activities to support UVA’s language learning and teaching community.



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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

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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.
Language Lab Assistants
Phylicia Holt is a third-year student majoring in Statistics and American Studies, concentrating in Actuarial Finance and Race & Ethnicity, respectively. Outside of the lab, she works within the Sports Medicine Department for U.Va. Athletics, volunteers through Madison House, and is a member of the Outreach Student Admission Committee. Phylicia has studied Spanish and Portuguese.
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.
Language Commons Assistants
Julia Harris, 4th year. Languages: English, German, Hebrew
Sharvani Mehta, 4th year. Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, French, Arabic
Michelle Miles, 4th year. Languages: English, German
Tammy Moscovich, 2nd year. Languages: English, Spanish
Joy Shi, 2nd year. Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Tessa Short, 4th year BA/Curry MT program. Languages: English, Japanese