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.

Hours

Summer 2014 Semester (May 26 - July 31)
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exceptions
May 26 (Memorial day) CLOSED
July 4 (Independence day) CLOSED

Location

CG 408 Godwin Building
Annandale Campus

Contact

Brian Adler, World Language Center Supervisor
badler@nvcc.edu
Tel: 703-323-4137
Office: CG 413-C

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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 of the Language Center 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 and speaking 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 often 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.