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Language Jumpstart

Luftkissenfahrzeug and qaamch'ip'q'I – How do you pronounce that?

At the University of Virginia, we constantly interact with people from different cultures. Members of the U.Va. community now communicate with international scholars, engage in abroad programs, and conduct cross-cultural research more than ever.  

Language Jumpstart aims to enhance communication between U.Va. and our international peers by teaching the basics of foreign languages. The lessons include everyday phrases, greetings, basic grammar, alphabet phonetics, and much more. Instructors teach the lessons in short lectures follow by practice in small groups with native and/or advanced speakers. The majority of each lesson is dedicated to interactive participatory learning to ensure that content is memorable.

Language is only a part of connecting to our international peers, understanding their culture is just as important. The International Studies Office's CORE (Cultural Orientation, Reflection, and Engagement) program helps students accomplish the latter through its seminars about concepts of culture, cultural differences, and cross-cultural communication.

In an exciting collaborative effort with the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, the International Center launched Language Jumpstart with the Spanish and Italian programs. It continues to work with the College of Arts and Sciences to offer additional language programs during the academic year.

Each program is limited to 12 students. It is open to everyone in the U.Va. and Charlottesville community. Acceptance into the program is first-come, first-served, so apply early when applications are opened. 

PROGRAM FEE: $60 for each program.  U.Va. employee Education Benefits can be used for this program. 
Payment can only be in cash or check (make payable to the University of Virginia) and paid at the Lorna Sundberg International Center (21 University Circle, Charlottesville, VA 22903). You may also mail us the check. We cannot accept cash in the mail.

Previous programs: Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, Portuguese

Mandarin Chinese: March 29 and April 5, 2014, 1-4 PM

Instructor: Visiting Lecturer Luoyi Cai, Department of East Asian Languages Literatures and Cultures