The American-English Language Labs program (Language Labs) provides current international students at UGA a comfortable and reoccurring space to practice their American-English language skills and ask questions to clarify points of confusion related to the complicated nature and nuance of conversational English and U.S. cultural concepts. Additionally, this program provides the opportunity for international students to build a sense of community with other international students as we know that UGA’s international students are spread out across many different academic programs and physical locations on campus.
- This program is free and open to all international students enrolled at UGA.
- Language Labs will begin in September 2022 and run on a monthly-basis through the end of classes in May 2023.
- Up to three Language Lab rooms will be available each month and each room will have at least one instructor. Instructors are current international and/or American student volunteers who have been selected by the Department of International Student Life (ISL).
- Each Language Lab room will have no more than 20 international student participants in order to keep the experience as individualized and comfortable as possible. If student interest in the program warrants, additional rooms and instructors will be provided by ISL to meet the demand.
- Involvement is based on student interest and availability – meaning you can choose to come to as many or as few language labs as you wish!
- While each monthly Language Lab will have a theme or topic that the instructor will briefly teach, the majority of the time will be unstructured to allow for students to interact with each other and the instructor(s) informally to seek out assistance with specific questions or challenges.
Language Labs Schedule - Spring 2023
See Fall 2022 Language Labs information below.
Language Lab Instructors
My name is Caroline Campbell and I am a second-year undergraduate student at UGA. I am studying Classics and I plan to attend nursing school after graduation. I grew up in a family that hosted Chinese medical students every year for a month and this sparked my interest in studying other languages and also helping those learning English with their own language skills. I understand how difficult it is not only to learn another language, but also to learn what the cultural norms are. I love running, playing guitar, drinking tea, and being a UGA student. I am so excited to help you gain confidence in your language skills and cultural understanding.
I’m Eniola Olubunmi and I’m from the Nigeria and the UK. I am about to start my second year at UGA and am majoring in Accounting with a Certificate in Legal Studies. I enjoy crocheting, reading and trying new things in my free time. I’m extremely excited to be part of this program and have the opportunity to meet and learn with everyone.
I’m Jiya Bastawade, and I’m a second-year Political Science major/Bio minor here at UGA! I‘m originally from India, but I’ve been living in GA ever since I was around seven. Some of my hobbies are reading, painting, traveling, eating, and learning random new things. Some of my favorite things to do in Athens are meeting new people, trying out new restaurants, and going on nature walks. Although I came here when I was younger, I understand how difficult it can be to get situated in a different country with different customs. I’m so excited to meet everyone, and I look forward to getting to know ya’ll!
Olá! I was born in Brazil, and I am a third year PhD student in the Portuguese program, with a Spanish minor, at the Romance Languages department. I research contemporary Latin American women’s literature and graphic novels, migration narratives and representation of marginalized identities. Back in Brazil, I taught languages and Brazilian literature in high school. At UGA, I am a Portuguese and Spanish Teaching Assistant, Portuguese tutor at the Flagship program and I was president of the Brazilian Student Association 2019-2020. I love learning about new cultures (currently studying French) and especially how much we all have in common despite being so different. I also have a YouTube channel where I talk about books and comics with enthusiasm and terrible jokes.
My name is Nadiah Brown, and I am a second-year undergraduate student at UGA. I am majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with plans to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. My family is from different parts of Jamaica. I enjoy painting, reading, and all things fitness! I also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. One of my favorite things to do in Athens is to take strolls downtown and eat good food! I am excited to meet everyone this semester!
Trinity Gates is a second-year at UGA pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Affairs. Trinity’s favorite things at UGA include the trees, the Georgia Museum of Art, and sports games-especially basketball games! She has lived overseas in England, Germany, and Japan. She loves exploring other cultures and traveling. In addition, she is also an avid reader, amateur art lover, and major foodie!
Apply to be a Language Labs Instructor!
Fall 2023 applications will be announced in April 2023.