Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning

LC Activity Awards

Activity Awards: Funds for Language Learning Activities Outside the Classroom

Overview: The Language Commons is offering a limited number of Activity Awards to UVA language faculty and student organizations to promote language learning and intercultural communication outside the classroom contexts. This award will provide funding for activities that promote language learning, intercultural exchange, and active inclusion of diverse and global perspectives.


Activity Awards for Language Instructors

Activities supported by this award should engage students in meaningful language use outside the classroom context. We encourage activities that are intentionally inclusive of diverse student interests and language levels, connect students to target language communities, and/or engage students in hands-on activities in which they utilize language skills. Guidelines:

  • All language instructors (including graduate teaching assistants) are encouraged to apply.A limited number of grants are available by application.
  • Language programs and instructors are welcome to work with LC staff, colleagues, student organizations, and community members to develop their plans.
  • Grants support activity expenses of up to $200. Funds may be used toward activity costs (equipment/supplies purchase or rental, some catering expenses, speaker fees, etc) but may not be used for wages or faculty travel.
  • The Language Commons will provide space in the LC, Alcove, or Language Lab for these activities.
  • Initial consideration begins 9/27/19. Requests submitted after this date will be considered depending on funding availability.
  • All funds must be used by May 19, 2020. Receipts will be required for reimbursements.

Complete the LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR AWARD application here


Activity Awards for Student Organizations

The Language Commons will furnish space (LC, Alcove, or Language Lab) and general event support during the activity, and up to $100 to support your activities (see below). We encourage you to think creatively about creating an event that will engage UVA students in hands-on, meaningful learning. Possible ideas include a heritage-language book club, a “maker” project, a guest speaker, etc. Activities that engage diverse populations in active learning, conversation, and collaboration, are especially encouraged (we welcome you to consider how you might partner with other organizations on grounds on an activity).Guidelines:

  • A limited number of grants are available by application.
  • Grants support activity expenses of up to $100. Funds may be used toward activity costs (equipment/supplies purchase or rental, some catering expenses, speaker fees, etc) but may not be used for wages.
  • You are welcome to work with faculty, other student organizations, and LC staff to develop your plans.
  • The Language Commons will provide space in the LC, Alcove, or Language Lab for your activities.
  • Initial consideration begins 9/27/19. Requests submitted after this date will be considered depending on funding availability.
  • All funds must be used by May 19, 2020. Receipts will be required for reimbursements.

Complete the STUDENT ORGANIZATION application here.