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The CLS LinguaPalooza

What is it?

LinguaPalooza is an experiential language learning contest created by CLS researchers to provide a way for students to learn and practice self-study skills outside of the classroom. It is designed to guide students through preparatory exercises in order to confidently complete language tasks in the real world. These mini-projects each last one week and will be spread out across the semester. Here is an example of a project week:


Click here to view the weekly layouts for all project choices.

As students complete each week, they will receive prizes. The prizes will increase in value over the semester to incentivize sticking with the contest. Students who complete of all four project weeks will be eligible to receive a $500 prize. The program directors will review the videos or written posts submitted over the four weeks to select someone who has demonstrated progress and determination in learning their language as the winner.

Who can participate?

  • Students who have completed at least a 200-level course of the target language
  • RMs who served their mission in their target language
  • Heritage speakers of the target language
  • Intermediate learners and above

This semester’s LinguaPalooza has projects that range from Intermediate to Advanced tasks, so participants need a solid base in the language. You do not need to be enrolled in a language class to participate. In fact, this could be a great supplement for students who have chosen or are unable to attend language courses at this time.


Students interested in participating this semester must watch the orientation. You can send an email to for any questions or concerns. 

LinguaPalooza Meetups

Participants are encouraged to meet up with each other throughout the semester to share ideas and even work on projects together. However, these meet ups are not required. Additional meet ups outside of this time are encouraged but will not be coordinated by the program directors.

Language Resources

Follow this link to view online and community resources for your language. If you don’t see your language or know of additional resources that are not listed, please contact and let us know.