Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning

Past Events

One Button Studio coming to New Cabell Hall!

Wed Feb 01
NCH 277


Stay tuned for details!

POSTPONED: Two Language Learning & Teaching Events with Orlando Kelm!

Fri Feb 17
1pm-4:30pm Gibson 211

Kindly note that this event has been postponed. Check back for rescheduling information!

Bollywood Movie Night

Thu Apr 12
7:00 - 10:00 in the Language Commons

Join us for a movie night full of song and dance!

Last Language Standing

Tue Apr 10
10:00 - 4:00 in the Language Commons


Language teams will battle to see who can keep their language in use the longest!


International Game Night

Tue Mar 27
6-7 in the Language Commons

Join us to learn new games and teach your own over food and drinks

LTi Works in Progress Showcase

Mon Mar 19 to Fri Mar 23
Language Commons (NCH 298)

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.

Tools for Telecollaboration

Mon Mar 19
Language Lab (NCH 299) 3:30-5:00pm

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:

Weekly Conversation Clubs

Wed 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!

Mindfulness Hour in Mandarin and English

Tue Feb 27
5:30 - 6:30 in the Language Commons

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 -

Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid

Wed Feb 14
2:45 PM in the Language Commons

Spring Activities in the Language Commons

Mon 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 LC

Thu Nov 30

Join the Contemplative Sciences Center and the Language Commons for an hour of mindfulness practice. Take an hour to calm your brain and feel relaxed and energized for finals time. All UVA community members welcome. Sign up here (

Language Commons Summer Hours

Mon 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

Summer Classes in the Language Lab

Wed Jul 11

The Language Lab is open for use all summer, 9am-4pm and by appointment. Reservations can be made at




LC Photo Contest

Fri Oct 12

Language Commons Photo Contest is accepting submissions!

Submit your best photos from international study experiences, life on grounds, language learning, activities in C’ville, etc for a chance to see your photo displayed in The Language Commons.

Photos and videos will be displayed on the Language Commons Facebook page, where your friends, family, and the UVA community will be able to vote for their favorites. Once your photos go up, be sure to tag them so that friends and family can come vote!

A committee of judges will award top prizes and choose which photo(s) will be pernanently displayed in the LC.

Click here for full details.

Activity Awards: Initial Application Deadline

Sun Sep 30
Language Commons

Activities supported by this stipend should engage students in meaningful language use outside the classroom context. We especially 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. 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.

Click to learn more about Activity Awards for Language Programs and for Student Organizations

Initial consideration for Fall 2018 will begin on September 30, 2018.

Explore Virtual Reality in Language Teaching

Tue Oct 16
Language Commons, New Cabell 298 Suite, 3pm-4:30pm


This workshop introduces possible applications of VR in language teaching & learning. Participants will also try out VR headsets and brainstorm ways to utilize VR in UVA language courses.
Click here to register.

Subtitling & Dubbing in the Language Lab

Tue Sep 18
Language Lab, New Cabell 299, 3-4:30

Join Keith Samuels, Lab Coordinator, to explore using subtitling and dubbing technologies to create engaging language learning activities.
Click here to register.

Kaltura (Collab) for Language Instructors

Wed Sep 12
Language Lab New Cabell 299, 3:00-4:30pm

Join Tiffany Stull (UVA Collab) and Language Commons staff to learn how recent Kaltura updates can offer new possibilities for language teaching & learning.
Click here to register.

Language Lab Orientation for Language Instructors

Tue Sep 04
Tuesday Sept 4, 3:00-4:30

Language Lab, New Cabell 299
Learn to create engaging, effective learning activities using Language Lab technologies.
Click here to register.

Open House

Wed Sep 05
2pm-5pm New Cabell 298

See you at the Activities Fair

Mon Aug 27

The Language Commons will have games and info at the Fall 2018 Activities Fair on the South Lawn and in the Ampitheater on 8/27 from 11am-3pm. Come learn about our activities, and get inspired to host your own activities in the LC!

Follow UVA Student Council on Facebook for updates.

September Events in the Language Commons (faculty & students!)

Sat Sep 01 to Sun Sep 30

Join us in the Language Commons and Lab this month!


Language Commons & Lab Open House
Wednesday September 5, 2pm-5pm
Language Commons, New Cabell 298-299

Explore LC & Language Lab spaces & resources! Light snacks provided.
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome, no RSVP needed.

Digication ePortfolio Workshops for Faculty
Language Lab, New Cabell 299
Digication users: learn about important updates to the platform with Yitna Firdyiwek.
Click here to register (recommended).

Language Lab Orientation for Language Instructors
Tuesday Sept 4, 3:00-4:30
Language Lab, New Cabell 299

Learn to create engaging, effective learning activities using Language Lab technologies.
Click here to register.

Kaltura (Collab) for Language Instructors
Wednesday, September 12, 3:00-4:30pm
Language Lab, New Cabell 299
Join Tiffany Stull (UVA Collab) and Language Commons staff to learn how recent Kaltura updates can offer new possibilities for language teaching & learning.
Click here to register.

Subtitling & Dubbing in the Language Lab
September 18 3-4:30
Language Lab, New Cabell 299

Join Keith Samuels, Lab Coordinator, to explore using subtitling and dubbing technologies to create engaging language learning activities.
Click here to register.

Explore Virtual Reality in Language Teaching
Tuesday 9/25 3pm-4:00pm
Language Commons, New Cabell 298 Suite

This workshop introduces possible applications of VR in language teaching & learning. Participants will also try out VR headsets and brainstorm ways to utilize VR in UVA language courses.
Click here to register.

Summer Hiatus: LC closed 8/13-8/27

Mon Aug 13 to Mon Aug 27

The Language Commons and Alcove spaces will close, but LC and Lab staff are available for consultations and reservations.  We will see you at the Activities Fair on 8/27 to kick off the new semester!

Study.Refresh.Repeat. De-stress for Finals in the Language Commons

Mon 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:

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:

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:

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 & Reservations

Tue Oct 24 to Sun Dec 31

Visit  to view our full calendar of events and activities!

The Language Lab is Closed for Summer 2017

Thu Jul 27
summer 2017

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 ( to explore alternative spaces & technologies.

Headphones, voice recorders, and other equipment can be reserved via

The Language Commons Alcove is Open for Use!

Thu Jul 27
Summer 2017

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.

Congratulations to our graduating lab assistants!

Fri May 19
UVA Graduation

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.


FolioFest Spring 2017

Thu Apr 27
3:30-5:00pm Gilmer Academic Commons

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: (RSVP appreciated but not required)

Streaming Video Resources & Services for Language Faculty

Wed Mar 29
New Cabell Hall 398

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. 

FLAVA Professional Development Workshop

Thu May 04
4pm NCH 398

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:


Language Lab Open for Spring 2017 Reservations

Mon Jan 02

The A&S Language Lab reservations calendar is already filling up fast! If you're a new user, meet with Lab Coordinator Michael Marsh-Soloway to learn more about the lab. Returning users can book a session via our online reservation system.

Call for Proposals for LTi Grants

Wed Mar 15
LTi Proposals should be submitted to by March 15, 2017.


LTi Proposals should be submitted to 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

Those interested in developing a proposal are encouraged to contact the Director of A&S Learning Design & Technology, Judy Giering ( or a member of the A&S Learning Design & Technology team, who can provide assistance and feedback on project ideas and proposal development. 

Language Lab User Group Meeting

Mon Mar 20
3:00-4:00pm NCH 298

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.

Please let us know if you plan to attend:   For all inquiries, please contact Michael Marsh-Soloway

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.

Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute

Wed Jan 25
5pm, NCH 398

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

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


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, TN

Thu Nov 16 to Sun Nov 19
Music City Center, Nashville, TN

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



LC October Newsletter is Out!

Mon Oct 09 to Sat Dec 09

Global Week at UVA

Mon Oct 23 to Fri Oct 27


You are invited to participate in Global Week at UVA, a celebration of International Education Week (IEW), October 23-27, 2017. 

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 

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
New Cabell 298

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:, 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)

Collab Tips for Language Instructors

Wed Sep 20
3:30-4:30pm New Cabell 298

Welcome & Orientation to the Language Commons

Tue Aug 29
NCH 298 (Language Commons Alcove) 3:30-4:30pm

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:

Language Lab Orientation for Faculty & Grad TAs

Thu Aug 31
NCH 299 3:30-4:30pm

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:

Language Commons Newsletter now available

Tue 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 here to access the .pdf newsletter.

Click on links inside the document for more information.

Female Voices from the South: Spanish, Italian & Portuguese Film Fest 2017

Thu 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:

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.





photo credit: By wallla3a ( [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

FLAVA Conference

Thu Oct 05 to Sat Oct 07
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg

The annual Foreign Language Association of Virginia conference will be held at at William and Mary, October 5-7, 2017. More information:

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).

Hands On Technology Series: Free Tech Tools

Fri Mar 31
1-3pm, NCH 398

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.