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 2021 and run on a monthly-basis through the end of classes in May 2022.
- Up to three Language Lab rooms will be available each month (on the same date/time) 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 eachother and the instructor(s) informally to seek out assistance with specific questions or challenges.
Language Labs Schedule - Spring 2022
All international students are welcome to join for any of the following Language Labs Sessions. Please click the register links to register for each session you would like to attend.
Register here! Led by Hermela and Trinity.
Language Labs will take place at the ISL Conference Room – 210 Memorial Hall! Led by Kaila and Laura. RSVP on the UGA Involvement Network here.
Language Labs will take place at the ISL Conference Room – 210 Memorial Hall! Led by Laura and Eniola. RSVP on the UGA Involvement Network here.
Language Labs will take place at the ISL Conference Room – 210 Memorial Hall! Led by Caroline and Laura. RSVP on the UGA Involvement Network here.
Apply to be a Language Labs Instructor!
Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now open. Apply by Monday, May 16th.
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.
Hey everyone! I am Hermela Beyene, a third-year student studying Arabic and Biology. I gained an interest in exploring different cultures from my time living in different countries and as a language labs instructor, I am very excited about getting to meet people from diverse backgrounds. I will be doing my very best to help you understand the nuances of the English language and American cultural references while maintaining a welcoming and fun learning environment. I am ready to answer all questions, address all curiosities or just be a listening ear to practice on. Looking forward to meeting you all!
I am Kaila McGinty, a writer, cultural anthropologist, and social justice advocate originally from Atlanta, Georgia. I gained interest in different cultures after living in Turkey and Japan, and I have been happy to find that I am able to build on that interest! here at UGA. I am honored to walk with international students as they navigate Athens’s culture, and will do everything in my power to ease the transition to college in the States, help where I can, and fill in the gaps of American culture and the English language!
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!
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.
Manasa Vemaraju is from India and is a rising third-year student pursuing a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. She is also pursuing a double minor in French and Women’s Studies. She loves the French language, Taco Bell, watching Rom-Coms and meeting new people. She loves the feeling of connection when people across cultures find something in common that makes them feel at home even if they come from far away.
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.