Language Program Initiatives

American Sign Language

The American Sign Language (ASL) Program offers a number of recurring events throughout the year, including weekly sign lunches and sign suppers. For more information about dates and upcoming events, check their events calendar.

Classics

The Department of Classics hosts a variety of events during the semester, including workshops, art history events, and other gatherings related to the study of classic languages. For more information about dates and to see upcoming events, check their events calendar.

East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DEALLC) has a number of initiatives we would like to share here. First, they have a number of events that occur throughout the semester. If you're interested in attending a DEALLC event, see their events calendar for more details. Second, DEALLC has a number of grants that are available for both students and faculty members. Interested in applying? See their website for more information. DEALLC is also affiliated with the East Asia Center.

French - A Vos Plumes!

Created by French Professor Alison Levine A Vos Plumes! is aimed both at teachers and students of French who care about writing. Instructors will find resource materials that take the long view of writing pedagogy, answering questions such as: what are we trying to do when we teach writing? How do we create good assignments? How can we respond effectively to student writing? They will also find just in time materials, such as grading rubrics, classroom activities for teaching a certain grammar point, writing prompts in French. Students can access these grammar practice materials directly. There is also a writing guide for students explaining how to write college papers in French, vocabulary-building guides, and some basic grammar explanations for quick reference.
Our site analytics show that independent learners of all ages from all over the world are using these materials, and many commented on the effectiveness of this website: "the online grammar exercises were supremely useful in my learning" (user at UVA); "I had lots of difficulties finding good exercises until I came across your website" (user in Brazil); "I am writing from Venezuela to thank you and congratulate you on your A Vos Plumes! website. […] At the Central University of Venezuela, your page has become very popular to all, especially on days previous to our exams! We encourage you to continue your work and again thank you for the excellent resource you have made available to all of us." (user in Venezuela); "the online exercises with feedback are so helpful for studying for exams" (user at UVA).

French also has a number of events that occur throughout their semester. See their events calendar for more information.

German

The German Department hosts a number of events throughout the semester. You can find details on their events calendar. The German Department is also affiliated with the Center for German Studies.

Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC) hosts a number of events each semester, details of which can be found on their events calendar. MESALC is also affiliated with the South Asia Center

Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese (SIP) offers a number of events each semester that you can find on their events calendar.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures hosts a number of events and is also affiliated with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).