POSTPONED: Two Language Learning & Teaching Events with Orlando Kelm!Fri Feb 17
Kindly note that this event has been postponed. Check back for rescheduling information!
One Button Studio coming to New Cabell Hall!Wed Feb 01
Stay tuned for details!
Language Lab Open for Spring 2017 ReservationsMon Jan 02
Spring Activities in the Language CommonsMon Jan 15 to Sun Apr 15
Welcome to the Language Commons! See upcoming activities in the Language Commons and browse our full events calendar on our Events page!
Mindfulness for Finals in the LCThu Nov 30
Study.Refresh.Repeat. De-stress for Finals in the Language CommonsMon Nov 27 to Wed Dec 13
Take a study break in the Language Commons to keep yourself calm and focused during finals.
11/30 Mindfulness for Finals 7-8pm
Take a relaxing, effective study break to calm and ready your mind. Co-sponsored by the UVA Contemplative Sciences Center. Sign up at: tinyurl.com/lcmindful
12/4 Make a Caga Tio 'Pooping Log' 5-7pm
Experience a Catalan Christmas tradition! We'll be making Caga Tio logs to celebrate 12/8 Caga Tio! Sign up at: tinyurl.com/uvacagatio
12/5 Boardgames Hour 5-6pm
Bring a friend and enjoy cookies, coffee, and a board game break as you prepare for finals. A variety of American & international games are available. No sign up needed--see you there!
12/6 Gingerbread House & Cookie decorating 12-2pm
A common holiday activity in the US, Germany, and other European countries, gingerbread decorating is a fun and delicious tradition. Coffee & all supplies provided. Sign up at: tinyurl.com/lcgingerbread
12/7 Coloring & Origami 5-6pm
Grab some cookies, coffee, and colored paper (or coloring books!) to refresh your brain. Coffee & all supplies provided. No need to sign up--see you there!
The LC will be open 8am-8pm Mon-Thurs and until 5pm on Fridays now thru 12/13. Stop by any time to study, work on a project, watch some international tv, play a game, or take a power nap!
Events are accessible and open to all. Signup is recommended where noted above.
Full Calendar of Language Commons Events & ReservationsTue Oct 24 to Sun Dec 31
Visit http://languagecommons.as.virginia.edu/calendar to view our full calendar of events and activities!
LC October Newsletter is Out!Mon Oct 09 to Sat Dec 09
Enjoy our October 2017 Newsletter!
Global Week at UVAMon Oct 23 to Fri Oct 27
Language Commons events include our day-long Grand Opening celebration on 10/24 with Yoga in Spanish, a networking lunch for student organizations, "Maximizing language study abroad" with the International Studies Office, and a grand opening reception for all students, staff, and faculty. Full details at http://languagecommons.as.virginia.edu/language-commons-grand-opening
The week features Global Experience Mini Film Fest, Art Speaks! at The Fralin, Mini Human Library, UVA Library: Your Passport to Global Experiences, panels and speakers about various global opportunities for students, workshops, and many more events.
Join us for the Passport Drive on October 24th and 25th at Global Grounds at Hotel A. Representatives from the State Department will be on site to process new passports and renew old ones. Please visit the website to be sure you have all the necessary documents.
Visit Global Week at UVA’s website for a full list of events. Stay updated through the Global Week Facebook page.
Language Commons Grand Opening!Tue Oct 24
Join us to celebrate the grand opening of The Language Commons on Tuesday, October 24th from 3:30-5:00pm in New Cabell Hall 298 Suite, in conjunction with UVA Global Week. All members of the UVA community are welcome at this afternoon reception, which is the culmination of a day of language learning activities in the Language Commons (schedule below). Remarks by Associate Dean Francesca Fiorani will officially open the space. Refreshments provided.
The updated schedule of Grand Opening events is below:
All Day (beginning 8am):
LC open for use
Enter the LC Raffle for your chance at a prize! (prizes include gift certificates to Foods of All Nations & language learning materials)
Photo Contest winners displayed in the LC
11:00-11:45am Yoga en Español (Open to all levels; some experience with yoga and Spanish is recommended. RSVP at: tinyurl.com/uvaspanishyoga, and please bring your mat)
2:00-2:45pm Maximizing Language Study Abroad (Co-sponsored by The Language Commons and International Studies Office, this session will introduce logistics of applying to study abroad, and strategies for language learning in immersion settings, from study abroad returnees)
3:30-5:00pm Grand Opening Reception (remarks from Assoc. Dean Francesca Fiorani, tours, refreshments, raffle drawing)
Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real MadridWed Feb 14
Mindfulness Hour in Mandarin and EnglishTue Feb 27
Join us for a relaxing and energizing hour of guided mindfulness activities, held in Mandarin Chinese!
This session will be led in a mix of Mandarin Chinese and English. Mandarin students & speakers at all levels are welcome! Please come in comfy clothes, ready to sit on the floor and lie down.
Please RSVP - https://tinyurl.com/mindfulchinese
Weekly Conversation ClubsWed Feb 28 to Tue May 01
The Spanish Tertulia and Persian Conversation Club both meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm in the Language Commons.
If your language conversation group is interested in meeting in the Language Commons, view our calendar and make a space request here!
Tools for TelecollaborationMon Mar 19
This workshop will introduce participants to several telecollaborative tools that can be used in language exchange activities. Participants will engage in brief demonstrations of four tools, discuss considerations for selecting and using tools, and have plenty of time to further explore tools of interest, using the Language Lab PC computer stations. Feel free to bring your laptop if you prefer. Workshop will be conducted by Hope Fitzgerald, Language Commons.
Kindly RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/6rSPiIhYVE0S0jNr1
LTi Works in Progress ShowcaseMon Mar 19 to Fri Mar 23
Monday 3/19/18 3-4pm Language Commons (New Cabell 298 Suite)
Friday 3/23/18 3-4pm Language Commons (New Cabell 298 Suite)
The Works is Progress Showcase will be a showcase-style forum for 2017-18 LTi recipients to share their work to date (understanding that most projects are still under development), and to give and receive useful feedback. Each LTi recipient will share their work with others, either individually or in small groups, using laptops for their presentations. Faculty interested in learning more about current LTi projects, or interested in LTi grants, are welcome! Snacks will be provided.
International Game NightTue Mar 27
Join us to learn new games and teach your own over food and drinks
Last Language StandingTue Apr 10
Language teams will battle to see who can keep their language in use the longest!
JOIN A TEAM AT: TINYURL.COM/LCLASTLANGUAGE
Bollywood Movie NightThu Apr 12
Join us for a movie night full of song and dance!
Language Commons Summer HoursMon May 21 to Mon Aug 20
The Language Commons will be open Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm and Fri 9am-1pm this summer to support language students, faculty, and classes. Contact us if your language activity or class would like to use the LC outside of these hours.
De-Stress and Refresh in the LC: Language-themed events for finals stress relief!Tue May 01 to Wed May 09
Collab Tips for Language InstructorsWed Sep 20
Welcome & Orientation to the Language CommonsTue Aug 29
Drop in to the Language Commons Alcove (NCH 298) on Tuesday, 8/29 from 3:30-4:30 pm to learn more about Language Commons resources and spaces. The Language Lab and One-Button Studio will also be open for self-guided tours. Refreshments will be served.
RSVP appreciated at: https://goo.gl/forms/9BXDkTI6Lxy8Uehh2
Hands On Technology Series: Free Tech ToolsFri Mar 31
A&S Learning Design & Technology is excited to introduce the Hands-on Tech Workshop Series! The Hands-on Tech series will consist of interactive workshops where learners will be able to gain firsthand experience with a variety of software applications and technology. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. The schedule for the Hands-on Tech workshops this semester is listed below. Space is limited! RSVP here
Podcasting Made Easy: Wednesday, February 22nd 2pm-4pm New Cabell 299 (Language Lab)
Join us for an interactive hands-on workshop and discover the basic principles of creating an effective podcast. Create audio using various microphones and recording equipment, as well as edit audio with the free audio editing software Audacity. Learn how to create compelling podcasts, complete with voice-overs, sound effects, interviews and music. No previous knowledge or experience required. Note: This workshop will be held in a computer lab environment and will not require faculty to bring a laptop to participate.
Free Tech Tools: Friday, March 31st 1pm-3pm New Cabell 398
Do you want to make a short video, but don’t know what software to use? Want to learn a tool to edit photos or create quick graphics? Want to do a screen capture of your computer screen? Or do you just want to learn some free tools? This workshop will provide a brief overview of image editor, video editor and screen capture tools. All tools covered in this workshop are free and easy to learn. No previous knowledge of photo or video editing required. Note: Faculty are encouraged to bring their own laptops to follow along and interact with the programs during the tool demonstration. We will have a limited number of laptops available for use during this session, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Most of the applications covered during this session will be online based and will not require anything to be downloaded to your computer.
Project-Based Language Learning Online InstituteWed Jan 25
Join other UVA faculty and staff as we explore Project-Based Language Learning with the National Foreign Language Resource Center!
Our group will meet Wednesday evenings to participate in the 2017 Fundamentals of PBLL Online Institute, sponsored by the NFLRC at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Language Commons is pleased to support UVA participants by covering Institute fees.
Sessions begin 1/25/17 at 5pm in NCH 398. Contact Hope Fitzgerald (hf6v) for more information.
image credit: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Language Lab User Group MeetingMon Mar 20
Please join other Language Lab users and Lab staff on Monday, March 20 from 3:00-4:00pm in NCH 298 to exchange successful lab activities and lesson ideas. Feel free to bring along an activity that you’ve tried, or would like to try, and join the discussion! As time allows, we’ll try out some of these activities in the lab. Lab staff will be on hand until 5pm for questions and experimentation at the teacher’s station. If you know of colleagues, who have not used the lab, but might be interesting in doing so, please feel free to invite them.
Our third user group meeting will be held on Monday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00pm, if you would like to mark your calendars.
Call for Proposals for LTi GrantsWed Mar 15
LTi Proposals should be submitted to email@example.com by March 15, 2017.
The Learning Technology Incubator (LTi) program is a joint initiative of the A&S Office of Learning Design & Technology and A&S New Learning Technology Committee. Since the inception of the program, we have funded 28 projects for a total of $310,000. Our goal is to promote innovative projects and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration that seeks to solve common instructional challenges. We invite proposals that focus on engagement and enhancement of student learning, including (but is not limited to) ideas around:
- Course (re)-design using student-centered pedagogy
- Adaptation of courses for active learning spaces
- Novel applications of existing learning technologies
- Development of new technologies for teaching and learning
- Use of College maker spaces
- Use of ePortfolios
Review the full call for proposals at http://learningdesign.as.virginia.edu/lti-grants
Those interested in developing a proposal are encouraged to contact the Director of A&S Learning Design & Technology, Judy Giering (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a member of the A&S Learning Design & Technology team, who can provide assistance and feedback on project ideas and proposal development.
FLAVA Professional Development WorkshopThu May 04
Join us for upcoming professional development workshops from the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA)!
Why is Interculturality at the Heart of Learning Languages? 4-6pm NCH 398
Presenter: Janet Parker, the College of William and Mary, Foreign Language Supervisor to undergraduate and graduate students in the world language cohort. To register: https://flavaweb.org/workshops/workshop-registration/
Streaming Video Resources & Services for Language FacultyWed Mar 29
Join Leigh Rockey, UVA Libraries, to explore streaming video resources available to UVA faculty. Leigh will also speak about digitization and media support services available through the library. This session will focus on materials and services of interest to world language instructors.
FolioFest Spring 2017Thu Apr 27
Please join A&S Learning Design and Technology and the Language Commons at the FolioFest Spring ePortfolio showcase. Participating students will display their ePortfolios for an audience of learners, instructors, and administrators from across the College & Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. FolioFest takes the form of a showcase in which students display and discuss their work simultaneously, allowing for high levels of interaction with guests. Please join us to explore ePortfolio use at UVA and to support our students’ efforts.
Light refreshments will be served.
To learn more and to RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/7EXkD60AS5Gighn83 (RSVP appreciated but not required)
Congratulations to our graduating lab assistants!Fri May 19
Congratulations and best wishes to two of our wonderful lab assistants, Grey Davenport and Carl Liles! Thank you for all of your hard work to make the new Language Lab's first year a great success! Wishing you well on your next adventures.
The Language Commons Alcove is Open for Use!Thu Jul 27
The Language Commons Alcove (NCH 298) is open for language students and faculty throughout the summer session! The Alcove is an ideal space for group work, with wall-mounted glassboards, groupwork tables, and monitors for collaboration. The Alcove also includes a Roku for international TV watching, and desktop PC and Mac stations. Please note that construction is ongoing in the Language Commons next door. Quiet study spaces are available throughout New Cabell Hall.
The Language Lab is Closed for Summer 2017Thu Jul 27
Due to a major construction project on the east side of New Cabell Hall, the Language Lab will be offline over the summer. Contact Hope Fitzgerald (email@example.com) to explore alternative spaces & technologies.
Headphones, voice recorders, and other equipment can be reserved via ldtreservations.as.virginia.edu.
UVA Students: The Language Commons is Hiring!Thu Jul 27
Positions are available in the Language Commons and the Language Lab. Learn more, and apply, at virginia.joinhandshake.com
Graduate Associate (approx. 15 hrs/week)
o Staff the LC front desk (primarily evenings)
o Contribute to Language Commons projects to promote and support language learning
o Maintain a welcoming, energetic atmosphere in the Commons
o Operate & troubleshoot LC equipment (projectors, cameras, digital monitors, etc)
o Supervise undergraduate LC assistants
o Occasional event support
Language Commons Assistant (7-10 hours/week)
o Staff the Language Commons (LC) front desk
o Maintain a welcoming, energetic atmosphere in the Commons
o Support LC programming & events
o Operate & troubleshoot LC equipment (projectors, cameras, digital monitors, etc)
o Other duties as assigned
Language Lab Assistant (4-6 hours/week)
o Support class sessions in the Language Lab
o Assist in maintaining a clean, functional, safe lab environment
o Assist instructors in preparing to use the lab
o Support Language Commons programming & events
o Other duties as assigned
ACTFL Annual Convention, Nashville, TNThu Nov 16 to Sun Nov 19
The annual convention of the American Council on the Teachign of Foreign Languages is coming up! This international event will bring together more than 7,000 language educators from all languages. ACTFL's goal is "to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process." Journalist Bill Weir will be the keynote speaker. Learn more, and sign up, at https://www.actfl.org/convention-expo
FLAVA ConferenceThu Oct 05 to Sat Oct 07
The annual Foreign Language Association of Virginia conference will be held at at William and Mary, October 5-7, 2017. More information: https://flavaweb.org/
UVA will be represented at FLAVA with presentations from UVA faculty Ruth Ferree (Curry School), Tomoko Marshall and Mieko Kawai (DEALLC), and Hope Fitzgerald (Language Commons) & Michael Marsh-Soloway (UVA PhD and former Lab Coordinator, now University of Richmond).
Afternoon Tea in the LC (for all UVA language instructors)Tue Sep 12
Join other UVA language instructors monthly for tea, snacks, and discussion of current topics in language teaching.
Begins Tuesday, 9/12 at 4:00pm in the LC Alcove (NCH 298), following the Fall 2017 kickoff meeting of the Institute for World Languages.
Female Voices from the South: Spanish, Italian & Portuguese Film Fest 2017Thu Sep 21 to Sun Sep 24
September 21–24, 2017
Women directors have often been neglected by mainstream audiences and canonical academic syllabi. At a time of uncertainty for women's rights, we would like to give voice to female filmmakers, protagonists, and minor characters who have questioned the status quo with their gaze, their stories, and their behaviors, and have gone beyond the traditional portrayal of women as saints or sinners. Our selections of movies 'from the South' encompasses a variety of countries and latitudes to bring women's experiences from a cross-cultural and global point of view to the forefront.
SIPFilmFest 2017 is open to the public and all films will be shown in their original languages with English subtitles. Further information about student participation in the Festival will be shared soon.
For more information: http://spanitalport.as.virginia.edu/news/save-date-sipfilmfest-2017-fema...
Language Commons Newsletter now availableTue Aug 15
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The first Language Commons newsletter is now available! The Fall 2017 LC Newsletter includes information about our Tuesday, 10/24 grand opening, the ibtiKart resource cart, and upcoming language-related events.
Click on links inside the document for more information.
Language Lab Orientation for Faculty & Grad TAsThu Aug 31
Join us Thursday, 8/31 from 3:30-4:30 pm for an orientation to the Language Lab in New Cabell Hall 299. In this orientation, you will learn:
- how to reserve the lab for your language class
- popular lab activities
- tips for preparing a great lab lesson
All faculty and graduate students teaching in UVA's language programs are welcome! RSVP appreciated at: https://goo.gl/forms/egBwrbH08mSETW0H2
Summer Classes in the Language LabWed Jul 11
The Language Lab is open for use all summer, 9am-4pm and by appointment. Reservations can be made at ldtreservations.as.virginia.edu.