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Language House Activities

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The Language House is a very busy place! Residents of the Language House will participate in various cultural, social and academic activities such as:

  • Lectures by faculty, embassy personel and guest lectures
  • Language House clubs
  • Coffee Conversations for informal conversations in one of the languages
  • Study abroad presentations
  • Symposia / Colloquia
  • Foreign film festival
  • Internship opportunities
  • International holiday celebrations
  • Career development workshops
  • Intramural sports
  • Interpersonal skill workshops
  • Dinners with faculty affiliates
  • Annual Around-the-world Film Festival (AWFF)
  • Showcase
  • Concerts & art exhibits


Current Events

Open House

DATES for Spring 2017 : March 3, 10, 31; April 7, 29:  12n -1:00 p.m. (#0106 St. Mary's Hall)

The purpose of the Open House is to provide you with a chance to tour open facilities and one apartment in the Language House. The event is especially valuable for prospective students and their parents to receive information about the Language House Immersion Program, one of the many living-learning programs at the University of Maryland. Current language clusters existing in the Language House: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish

For more information about Open House contact: Dr. Phoenix Liu, Language House Immersion Program Director at (301)405-6996 or PhoenixL@umd.edu

Coffee Conversations Spring 2017

Starting on Monday, February 6, every Monday (4:00 to 5:30pm) through May 1, at Ground Floor, St. Mary's Hall

(No Coffee chats on Monday, February 13 and May 8)

Join this weekly activity to practice, improve, or maintain your language skills in an informal, relaxed setting. In order to ensure that you are improving your skills, a native or near- native "facilitator" guides or oversees each Coffee Chat group. The facilitator can also give you vocab or grammar advice to help you better express yourself without interrupting the flow of conversation. Currently, 14 language tables are offered at the Language House Coffee Chats:

  • Arabic
  • ASL
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Other languages are featured occasionally during the semester. Call the Language House for more info on these non-weekly Coffee Chats or if you would like to add a language to the line-up.

For more information contact: Dr. Naime Yaramanoglu  at nya@umd.edu or Dr. Phoenix Liu at PhoenixL@umd.edu  301-405-6996.


Overnight Stay in the Language House

This Open House event will take place in the Spring 2017 semester: Thursday, April 6

Newly admitted UMD Students: If you are a language learner and interested in exploring the special Living, Learning Program known as the Language House please come and be our guest during the Overnight Stay event.  We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the Language House.

For more information please contact: Dr. Phoenix Liu at PhoenixL@umd.edu or 301-405-6996

Spring 2017 Event TBA



For more information contact: Dr. Phoenix Liu at PhoenixL@umd.edu or 301-405-6996.



Tea on the Terrace

Monday, May 8, 2017 (6:00 to 7:30 pm) in the Multi-Purpose Room, St. Mary's Hall

Cost: FREE

The Tea on the Terrace is an award ceremony to recognize students for outstanding performance or volunteerism in the Language House program. The event is especially joyful for graduating seniors. Representatives of the graduating seniors will flash back and talk about their experiences in the Language House Immersion Program, one of the many living-learning programs at the University of Maryland.

For more information about the Tea on the Terrace, contact:

Dr. Phoenix Liu
Director of Language House Immersion Program
at (301) 405-6996 or PhoenixL@umd.edu