Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning


We're always exploring new ways to support great language teaching and learning, both in and out of the classroom. Here are a few areas we're exploring. Contact us to get involved! 


Augmented Reality games in Language Learning

The LC staff created an Arabic language game, set in New Cabell Hall, for intermediate Arabic students. The game provides students with listening practice as they search New Cabell for clues to a mystery. Made in ARIS. An English demo is also available! Stop by the Language Commons to request an ipad and get started playing! 


Virtual Reality for Language Learning

We're interested in ways that faculty can incorporate VR experiences into their classes. Virtual Reality offers possibilities to engage students with meaningful, motivating experiences in which they explore new language functions and cultural content. The Language Commons has Google Cardboard and Oculus Go headsets available for use in the LC or in classes. We also have an expanding library of VR apps and videos in multiple languages, for students and faculty to access. Find out about our event on 10/16!


Digital Storytelling through Tours

Students and faculty can create engaging tours of local and global locales using tools like Kaltura (screencasting with maps), narrated video, and google VR Tour Creator (for 360 images and virtual reality!). Creating a digital tour engages students in valuable language practice as they develop story lines, narrate, describe, record, and present their information. Tours created by faculty and by peers can provide contextualized, visually-rich listening material for students.  Digital tours can utilize student (or faculty)-created photos and video footage, or utilize existing resources online. Find out about our event on 11/7!


Support for Independent Language Learners

We have piloted workshops to introduce learners to the world of studying languages independently, and have developed extensive resource collections for students traveling on UVA internships in  multiple sites in Africa and Asia.


Language Lab Activities Collection

Working with faculty users of the lab, Language Lab and LC staff have developed a collection of straightforward, easily-modified activity plans for use in the Language Lab. These activities focus on active, collaborative learning through pair and group work, as well as interpretive listening tasks and assessment possibilities.