Common Tech & Equipment Used in Language Course Projects
- Best Practices for Screen Capture & Webcam Recording
- Using Kaltura Personal Capture for recording a screencast
- Getting Started with Garage Band
- Getting Started with iMovie
- Getting Started with SANS Soloist for individual recording (in the Language Commons or Lab only)
- Using a Mikme microphone with your IOS device
- Penn State's Free Media Library offers sounds, songs, or other free and openly-available media resources
- Need to make a recording, use a computer, or borrow some equipment?
- The Language Commons offers 3 PC and 3 iMac computer stations that offer access to audio, video, and graphic design tools.
- Simple Video Studio in 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 (reservations have priority, walk-ins welcome when available).
- Arts & Sciences Studios reserve media equipment, Media Studio, and Audio Studio spaces.
- Virtual Reality: stop by the Language Commons to try out a Virtual Reality headset or a google cardboard device. While you're here, try out ImmerseMe, an immersive learning tool that lets you practice listening, reading, and pronunication through virtual intereactions with native speakers around the world.
- Robertson Media Center in Clemons has equipment and workstations for student use.
Language Learning Resources & Apps
- The Language Commons maintains online materials for students enrolled in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Tibetan courses at UVA (contact your instructor for sign-in access).
- Visit our student-generated list of resources available for learning Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Spanish, and Twi.
- Learning a language not taught at UVA? The LC has developed a resource collection for independent learners of Khmer, Wolof, isiXhosa, and Hindi.
- BBC Languages lets you choose from activities, tests, and interactive videos for 40 languages!
- Busuu has courses for several languages. In addition to audio and writing exercises, the app offers lessons specifically on dialogue. Also offers an offline mode.
- Duolingo has courses for 30 languages. Start from scratch or take a placement test.
- Memrise includes courses of varying levels for over 40 languages, accounting for dialects and variations for some.
- Quizlet can be very helpful for memorizing terms. The site and app include games, assessments, and flashcards that you can share with your friends.
- Wordreference is a useful dictionary tool, especially for romance languages.
- Mango Languages offers conversation-focused practice in more than 70 languages, including some advanced levels and some less-commonly-taught languages. (paid)
- uTalk offers vocabulary practice with motivating games and activities. (paid)
UVA Organizations Supporting Language & Culture Study
- Center for American English Language and Culture information about UVa's ESL programs, courses, events, and volunteer opportunities
- Education Abroad Office take your language and culture study to the next level through study abroad
- ePortfolio Peer Consultants for assistance managing your language course ePortfolio
- Institute of World Languages information about UVa language programs, programs, events, grants, and more!
- UVA Language Houses: Shea House (multiple languages!) La Casa Bolívar (Spanish), Maison Française (French)
- Peace Corps Prep Program prepares undergraduates for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. Students admitted to the program build 4 core competencies, includincu language proficiency.
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!