Events Archive

Event Date: 
04/13/2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
The Story of Qiu Ju


Discussion Leader: Charles Laughlin (Chair, DEALLC)

Movie Title: 秋菊打官司 (The Story of Qui Ju)

Event Date: 
05/11/2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Darden School of Business

Registration is now closed - Registration ended on April 20th

Parking information is available here! (Participants will not pay for parking - IWL has covered all parking fees!)

Sponsored by The Center for Learning Design and Technology


The IWL Faculty Retreat will be on May 11, 2016 at the Darden School. We look forward to working with you at this event. Thank you for your registration!

Event Date: 
06/21/2016 - 8:00am to 07/21/2016 - 5:00pm

The 2016 Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy (VSCTA) in conjunction with the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy (VSCSA) at the University of Virginia marks a historical juncture to transition from blended classroom learning to online learning. Miao-fen Tseng, the Inaugural Director of the Institute of World Languages and Associate Professor of Chinese, led a strong forward-thinking team to create an online teaching model that was devised with the versatility of technology and innovative pedagogy.

Event Date: 
09/07/2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Abstract:  This interactive workshop-style presentation will examine how grammar instruction in a beginning level language class can be incorporated into communicative language teaching.

Event Date: 
09/23/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This talk aims at sharing some reflections on issues facing the teacher of Francophone African literature as a foreign language literature: what are the objectives, challenges, strategies, and outcomes? What tools can be mobilized and deployed in order to achieve targeted results?

Event Date: 
09/30/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

John Bonvillian, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology

Gregory Propp, American Sign Language Program

Event Date: 
10/12/2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Description: In recent years, the concept of literacy has emerged as a common goal for collegiate foreign language curricula. Whereas traditional definitions of literacy focus on students’ ability to read and write, modern definitions entail the ability to interpret and create meaning in a range of sociocultural contexts through interaction with authentic target language texts of various genres.

Event Date: 
10/21/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Haniyeh Barahouie: Doctoral Student, Department of French

Shu-chen Chen: Lecturer of Chinese, Department of East Asian Language, Literatures, and Cultures

Yoon Hwa Choi: Lecturer of Korean, Department of East Asian Language, Literatures, and Cultures

Janay Crabtree: Center for American English Language and Culture

Cara Goman: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Event Date: 
10/26/2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

We are pleased to invite you to the fourth installation of the Institute for World Languages (IWL)  Dinner Table from 6:30 – 8:00PM on Wednesday, October 26 in Ruffner 302. The IWL Language Dinner is an event designed to bring together students of diverse backgrounds who are passionate about learning world languages and cultures and to give them an opportunity to interact with other language learners in a casual and welcoming setting. 

Event Date: 
10/28/2016 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Registration closed.


2016 IWL Fall Symposium

Career Development and Language Competency in the Global Era

Ballroom, Newcomb Hall


Friday on October 28, 2016


9:50-10AM: Opening remarks

Jeffrey Legro, Vice Provost for Global Affairs & Taylor Professor of Politics

Event Date: 
11/04/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Collecting data from several semesters via student surveys, reflections, and interviews it can be see that using the active learning classrooms for Spanish grammar classes helps promote student-centered learning, participation, collaboration, and responsibility while fostering an environment, which reduces student affect and encourages students to try out new structures. This session will focus on how the active learning classroom is used to promote student participation and engagement.

Event Date: 
11/09/2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Abstract: Finding a situationally-appropriate voice can be a difficult challenge for language learners. In Japanese, students are faced with a wide range of options for personal referents, terms of address, and verbal styles.

Event Date: 
11/18/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Emily Scida, Professor of Spanish and Language Program Director, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description: Graduate student instructors of Spanish and Persian will present the results of their research on teaching and learning in this interactive poster session.  Join us in a celebration of their work and a lively discussion of their experiments and research in the FL classroom.

Event Date: 
02/08/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Globalization is an integral component of world language education and is even more critical now than ever before as we consider our immediate and long-term goals for world language programs in the US. The increasing demand for globally competent students is ever-present as we strive to prepare our students to live and work in diverse communities where they will interact with speakers representing many languages and cultures. The world language profession is well-poised to take a leadership role in its efforts toward globalization in US schools.

Event Date: 
02/16/2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm



Discussion Leader: Faraz Dadgostari, Mahshad Mohit (MESALC)

Movie Title: باران (Baran 'Rain')


In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old worker from Azarbaijan is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives.

Event Date: 
02/17/2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Language Commons and the Institute for World Languages

are pleased to welcome

Orlando Kelm (University of Texas at Austin)

on Friday, February 17th




1:00-2:00pm 2/17/17                                                    Gibson Hall 211

Event Date: 
02/23/2017 - 7:00pm

2017 UVA French Film Festival presents and IWL sponsors:


Discussion Leader: Mathieu Perrot (French)

Movie Title: Nocturama

The IWL Spring Film Series is organized by the Institute of World Languages. All films are free and subtitled in English. Screenings occur on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9pm.


Event Date: 
02/24/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Grant Recipients: titles

Event Date: 
03/16/2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm


Discussion Leader: Esther Poveda

Film Title: La Novia (The Bride)

The IWL Spring Film Series is organized by the Institute of World Languages. All films are free and subtitled in English. Screenings occur on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9pm.

Event Date: 
03/17/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Hope Fitzgerald: Instructional Designer and Foreign Language Consultant, Language Commons

Event Date: 
03/22/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

With the rise of exemplar theory (Bybee 2010), the role of lexical frequency in language variation and change has been a focus of considerable study, particularly in phonology (e.g. Bybee 2002; Jurafsky et al. 2001; Walker 2012). Results, however, have been mixed, with some studies showing strong frequency effects and others showing no such effects. Recently Erker and Guy (2012) extended the analysis of frequency effects to morphosyntactic variation.

Event Date: 
03/23/2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm


Discurssion Leader: Shilpa Davé

Film Title: The Lunchbox

The IWL Spring Film Series is organized by the Institute of World Languages. All films are free and subtitled in English. Screenings occur on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9pm.

Event Date: 
03/24/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Shu-chen Chen: Lecturer of Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Mark Elson: Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Melissa Henriksen: Associate Director for University Engagement, UVA Applied Research Institute 

Bilal Humeidan: Coordinator of Arabic Language Program, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Madelyn Stuart: Instructor, Russian Summer Language Institute

Event Date: 
03/30/2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm


Discussion Leader: Yoon Hwa Choi

Film Title: 늑대소년 (A Werewolf Boy)

The IWL Spring Film Series is organized by the Institute of World Languages. All films are free and subtitled in English. Screenings occur on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9pm.

Event Date: 
04/06/2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm


Discussion Leader: Tsetan Nepali, Tashi Wangchuk (Director, Producer, and Writer)

Movie Title: ངའི་བུ་བསྟན་འཛིན། (Bhu Tenzin 'My Son Tenzin')

The IWL Spring Film Series is organized by the Institute of World Languages. All films are free and subtitled in English. Screenings occur on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9pm.

Event Date: 
04/07/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Several studies have reported unsatisfactory learning outcomes and negative perceptions of online language learning (e.g., Cavanaugh, 2001; Oliver, Kellogg, & Patel, 2012). The 2016 UVa STARTALK program has embarked on multifaceted research projects to seek possible solutions to these challenges.

Event Date: 
04/12/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Among educators, students, parents and policy makers, study abroad is routinely interpreted as a prime context for language learning. In effect, evidence can be found to show that student sojourns abroad can be beneficial for all aspects of language development but that they are especially useful for fostering the social-interactive and pragmatic capacities least amenable to classroom instruction.

Event Date: 
04/13/2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

English as a Second Language

Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Wittner (Center for American English Language and Culture)

Movie Title: The Visitor

Event Date: 
05/05/2017 - 8:15am to 3:00pm

Online registration link:

Registration Deadline: April 25



Dorothe Bach and Elizabeth Dickens at the Center for Teaching Excellence

Theme: Developing and Aligning Language Program Objectives Within and Across Levels

Event Date: 
08/26/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

IWL Foreign Language Housing Training Workshop

From Conversation to Proficiency

Dr. Chantal Thompson

Registration available:

Date: August 26, Saturday, 2017

Location: Wilson Hall foyer (1st floor)


The purpose of this workshop is to learn how to turn the casual conversations

Event Date: 
09/14/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

A functional theory of language for the teaching of Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States

María Cecilia Colombi



Event Date: 
09/15/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

In Spring 2017 Miao-fen Tseng (Chinese) and Mieko Kawai (Japanese) were each awarded a grant from Co-create UVA to support their course re-designing through collaboration with students.  In this presentation Miao-fen and Mieko will share their experiences by illustrating how they worked with students in developing learning activities that were more meaningful, relevant, and engaging to both learners and instructors.  They will also discuss the challenges they faced during this process, sample learning outcomes, as well as the students’ feedback.

Event Date: 
09/29/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The culinary traditions of both France and Italy are so cherished and well known that many of us use Italian and French words for food and dining on a daily basis, often without even realizing it! Social cooking is now frequently and successfully used to promote cross-cultural encounters and exchanges. Food preparation / cooking offers a unique opportunity to move beyond the classroom walls to promote second language acquisition, cultural competency, communication and performance through experiential learning.

Event Date: 
10/12/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Why pronunciation is so important for language teaching

John M. Levis, Iowa State University


Event Date: 
10/13/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Haniyeh Barahouie: Lessons from French AP workshop

Francesca Calamita: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Italian Language and Culture

Zaida Villanueva Garcia: Interpreting "the Other" through literary works: understanding or misunderstanding?

Vonna Hemmler: Learning Language in a New Culture: A Critical Examination of University ELP Curriculum

Hsin-hsin Liang:  Collaborating with Chinese Visiting Scholars to Create a Learning Community in Advanced Chinese Courses

Event Date: 
10/20/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

In what is hoped will be a series of roundtables that will rotate through all the language programs, Greg will share several new and exciting developments occurring for the American Sign Language Program, including a new minor, language house participation, and development of a first year curriculum and inform you about the program, its staff, its history, and other unique aspects of the small, but vibrant language program. 

Event Date: 
10/25/2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Justus, Daniel Cooper (dcj3bz)

Event Date: 
10/27/2017 (All day)

2017 IWL Fall Symposium


Registration link:

Registration deadline: 12 PM on Friday, October 20


Theme: Intercultural Communication: Language and Culture in Action


9:30-9:50AM Breakfast (Nau Hall first floor lobby)

9:50-10AM Opening remarks by Associate Dean Fiorani


Event Date: 
11/03/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Stella Mattioli (Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese)

I'm focusing my research on the different uses of ePortfolio in the foreign language classroom, especially as a way to teach culture and to do more practicing of the writing and the speaking skills. In my roundtable I will presenter data collected from diferent semesters, with students of different levels, and from different technological tools.


Event Date: 
11/09/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

What the Data Tell Us About Online Language Teaching

Kathryn Murphy-Judy​


Event Date: 
11/10/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Title:  Action Research in the Foreign Language Classroom

Graduate student teachers of Spanish and Arabic will present the results of their action research projects in this interactive poster session.  Join us in a celebration of their work and a lively discussion of their experiments and research in the classroom. 

Event Date: 
02/01/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Robert Godwin-Jones




Event Date: 
02/02/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Hope Fitzgerald, Instructional Designer-Foreign Language Consultant


Event Date: 
02/16/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Adrienne Ward, Associate Professor of Italian


Event Date: 
02/22/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

TITLE: Foreign language resistance: A dynamic response through outreach, engagement and curriculum revision

Janice M. Aski


Event Date: 
03/15/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Anna Marie Trester

The event is sponsored by the Institute of World Languages, the Linguistics Program, and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Refreshments will be served. 


Event Date: 
03/16/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Elizabeth WittnerAcademic Director and Coordinator, International Teaching Assistant Program, UVA Center for American English Language and Culture


Event Date: 
03/28/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

During this event, students of foreign languages from around the UVa community will enjoy a free catered dinner while seated at one of many different language tables. When you sign up, you will indicate which language you are studying, and we will seat you at a table with other students who are studying the same foreign language. All table conversations will be conducted in the target language, providing you with an opportunity for full immersion!

Event Date: 
04/12/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Steven. J. Ross

University of Maryland



Event Date: 
04/20/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Elizabeth Hall, Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Department of French