About the Language Center

The Language Center assists students studying foreign languages at NOVA Annandale by providing them with resources and technology to improve their listening and speaking skills in the language(s) being studied.


Spring 2015
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED

January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) CLOSED
March 9 - 15 (Spring Break) CLOSED
June 4 (staff training day) CLOSED
June 12 (staff training day) CLOSED


CG 408 Godwin Building
Annandale Campus


Language Center Desk





Frequently Asked Questions

My professor told me that I need to go to the Language Center. What am I supposed to do there?

Most students who come to the Language Center choose to work with the audio materials that accompany their textbook or laboratory manual. These books often contain exercises that require students to listen to the audio materials in order to be able to complete them.

The Language Center also has supplemental software and DVDs students can use to work on their listening, speaking, reading and grammar skills.

There is also free tutoring available. The tutors can assist you in improving your skills, helping with questions and doubts and providing opportunities for conversation.

What are the hours of the Language Center?
The Language Center is open year-round; however, the center's hours vary depending on whether it is the Fall/Spring semester, Summer session, or an Intercession period when there are no classes in session.

Current hours for the Language Center can be found on the About page.

It is difficult for me to come to the Language Center when it is open. Is there any way I can do my lab work at home?
Since lab work is sometimes calculated as part of a student's final grade, students should be sure to talk to their professor about doing lab work at home.

I have an ipod/MP3 player/flash drive, etc. Can I copy/record/download audio materials myself from the Language Center computers?
All audio materials in the Language Center have originated from copyrighted works. Students are strictly prohibited from using personal devices to copy, record or download any of the audio materials or software programs available for use in the Language Center!

Is there any tutoring available?
Information about the free tutoring offered by the Language Center can be found at Tutoring.

Where do I go to take a placement test and what should I expect?
In order to take a placement test for Spanish, French, German, or Arabic, students should go to the Testing Center in CA 115. Foreign language placement tests are not offered at the Language Center.

All placement tests are written tests and do not test a student’s listening or speaking ability. Tests are not timed, but students should allow at least an hour for each test. Test results will be sent to the World Language Department, who will determine what class level a student should register for.