Project Spotlight

Language Forward Initiative

Over 5,000 UVA students learn a language each year at UVA, but traditional classroom instruction is limited, and there are few local communities of native speakers of world languages other than Spanish with whom students can interact. The Language Forward Initiative is a real-time immersive online program that aims to expand opportunities for UVA students to interact with native speakers. Building on connections forged by 12 UVA language faculty with institutions abroad, approximately 500 students in 10 languages across 7 language departments will partner with native speakers abroad for synchronous online communication in 2018-19. Through cutting-edge online immersion, students will develop the linguistic proficiency and cultural fluency necessary for global leadership and aspire to be global leaders.

Language Forward Initiative