Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning

About The Language Commons


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. 

Email:                 Office Phone: 434-924-6847


Michael Marsh-Soloway is an Instructional Technologist coordinating the A&S Language Lab in NCH 299. He oversees the 24-station SANS Virtuoso lab and provides customized support to language faculty in the development of course activities, digital media resources, and exams.  His interdisciplinary background in linguistics, foreign-language pedagogy, instructional technology, mathematics, and cultural studies encourages a synergistic approach to learning. Michael has a Ph.D. (2016) and M.A. (2011) in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. (2009) in History and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University. 

Email:                      Office Phone: 434-924-3807


2016-2017 Language Lab Assistants

Grey Davenport is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Mathematics and Russian Language.  He is also an Air Force ROTC cadet and will be attending pilot training after finishing his studies. As an assistant with the language lab, he hopes to further his understanding of different methods of language learning and instruction. 


Kim Daw is a Language Lab Assistant in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group. She is a second-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.  


Carl Liles is a 4th year undergraduate majoring in Leadership and Public Policy and Russian and Eastern European Studies as well as minoring in Russian Language and Literature. Carl joined the Language Lab team to further his understanding of different technological methods for language instruction and to assist teachers with implementing their lessons in the lab.  


Sharvani Mehta is a second-year student interested in studying economics, history, languages, and culture with an intended major in Commerce, Foreign Affairs, or Public Policy. She has experience in public relations, social media marketing, and international studies, and is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati and has studied French and Arabic. 


Language Commons Spaces & Resources


  • The Language Lab, NCH 299: a 24-station lab for instructional activities (open!)
  • The Language Commons: an open-concept activity space for group work, conversation, independent study, tutorials, activities, and events (opening 2017)
  • The Language Commons Alcove: a place for groupwork, collaboration, and small meetings (opening 2017)

Faculty Consultation: pedagogical support and training for faculty interested in developing or redesigning language courses or exploring new technologies

Programming & Activities: the Language Commons develops and facilitates programming in collaboration with organizations, faculty, and students. Visit our events page for more information.

Contact Us

The Language Commons is located on the 2nd floor of New Cabell Hall.

Mailing Address: 115 Ruppel Drive PO Box 400711 Charlottesville, VA 22904

Learning Design & Technology

The Language Commons is a component of A&S Learning Design and Technology. Learn more about LD&T spaces, resources, and services on the LD&T website.