Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning

Be an Effective Language Learner & User

Language Learning Spaces & Resources for Learners

  • The Language Commons & Alcove (New Cabell Hall 298 Suite) is open for language study, group activities, and meetings. Programs and events for students and faculty are held in the Language Commons regularly. 
  • The One-Button Studio (New Cabell 277) provides a simple yet robust video production environment that's easy to use--all you need is a USB drive! Reserve the studio at ldtreservations.as.virginia.edu. The OBS is open when New Cabell Hall is open, and support is available in the Language Commons Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
  • The Language Lab (New Cabell 299) Language faculty can reserve the lab for activities and exams.  The lab is open daily 9am-5pm when not reserved for class use.

 

Language-Specific Resources

  • The Language Commons maintains online materials in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Tibetan for currently-enrolled students in particular language courses. Click on course materials to sign in (usernames and passwords are maintained by language departments--contact your instructor to see if your course offers online materials via the LC).

  • Visit our student-generated list of resources for several languages taught at UVA. if you have a resource suggestion to add, please email us at languagecommons@virginia.edu. Resource suggestions are available for: Arabic, French, German, Spanish. This list will be updated intermittently by LC Assistants! 

 

General Language Learning Web Resources & Apps

Try out these and other online resources to maximize your language learning. Each site/app has 'help' resources for further assistance. 

  • Wordreference is a useful dictionary tool, especially for romance languages.
  • Quizlet can be very helpful for memorizing terms. The site and app include games, assessments, and flashcards that you can share with your friends. The premium version lets you associate images and audio recordings with your terms.
  • Duolingo has courses set up for 30 languages. Start from scratch or take a placement test to start. The website and app help language learning by keeping track of the time you spend on the site (allowing you to set goals of 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes per day) and using points and levels to measure progress.
  • BBC Languages lets you choose from activities, tests, and interactive videos for 40 languages!
  • Memrise includes courses of varying levels for over 40 languages, accounting for dialects and variations for some.The courses indicate how long each part will take to complete and lessons are categorized by conversation topics and helpful skills for the language
  • Busuu is an app with courses for several languages. In addition to audio and writing exercises, the app offers lessons specifically on dialogue. Also offers an offline mode.

 

UVA Organizations Supporting Language & Culture Study

If you're new to world language study at UVA, we encourage you to reach out to your instructors and to the language departments to learn more about the many language conversation groups, student councils, and societies that are active on grounds!