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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


Coffee Conversations Fall 2019

Starting on Monday,  Sept. 9, every Monday (4:00 to 5:30pm) through Dec. 2, on the Ground Floor, St. Mary's Hall

(No Coffee chat on Monday, Oct. 14)

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, 12 language tables are offered at the Language House Coffee Chats:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • 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. Douglas Glynn at dglynn@umd.edu   301-405-6996.



Fall 2019 LH Events

Progressive Snack

Wednesday, September 18

The purpose of this event is for the residents in the Language House Immersion Program to share a part of what they have been learning about the culture of their target language with other students in the Language House through the preparation of foods that are representative of the languages/cultures they are studying.

A contest is also a part of the Progressive Snack. Each cluster in the Language House will be competing for best snack and presentation. The best three clusters will be picked to receive a cash prize. The judging of the event will be carried out through an online poll in which Language House residents will vote for their favorite dish and presentation by the cluster.

Around the World Film Festival

Monday, October 14

Around the World Film Festival is an event in St. Mary’s Hall organized by the Language House (LH) Immersion Program that is open to the public. The purpose of this event is for members of the LH to create and share a short film in their target language to present the target culture and present it to special guests who are involved or interested in the Language House. After the films, refreshments of each culture will be served.

A contest is a part of the Around the World Film Festival. Each cluster in the Language House will be competing for prizes in various categories of film making. Some of our special guests will serve on the judges’ committee and will decide the results of the contest.