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!

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

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

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.

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:

Language Commons Newsletter now available

Tue Aug 15 to Fri Dec 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.

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:

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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:


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. 

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)

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.


Collab Tips for Language Instructors

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