July 22, 2015

What is a Digital Language Lab?

Modern language labs are known by many names, digital language lab, multimedia language lab, language media center and multimedia learning center to name but a few.

Digital language labs in general offer the following:

  • Text, images, audio and video can easily be integrated into the lesson and shared with a select or all students.
  • Teachers pre-lesson preparation can include multimedia aspects.
  • Students can record their own voice and play back the recordings, interact with other students and save their work.
  • Teachers can interact with students, discretely listen to their vocabulary as well as control all students computers via the teacher’s console.
The purpose of a digital language lab is to involve students to actively participate in language learning exercises and to provide an environment where students can have more practice than possibly in a traditional classroom environment.

Common components in a modern language lab:

  • The Teacher has a computer / laptop with our Digital Language Lab software installed and pre-configured.
  • Headsets are provided for the teacher and students to outside sounds and disturbances.
  • All computers used by the students will have appropriate hardware for listening to audio and recording speech.
  • All computers are situated in the same classroom and connected on the same local area network (LAN).
  • Access to the main server is required to store students work.

Why use a language lab in language teaching?

It has been recorded that in a average foreign language lesson, the combined time spent by students speaking is 10½ minutes, these results are based on a typical 45 minute lesson (DESI 2006, pg. 48-49).

Below is a table that shows an approximate speaking practice time each student will have in your traditional classroom. The table also shows the approximate time each student will have with in a Digital Language Lab classroom.

10 student class 30 student class
Traditional classroom ~1 minute ~21 seconds
Classroom with language lab ~11 minutes* ~11 minutes


To see more of the benefits a Digital Language Lab can offer to your school or college click here, alternatively to arrange your FREE demo call 0161 883 1684.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are of the author and not Greenlight Computers Ltd. The validity or accuracy of any information contained within this blog is not guaranteed. Greenlight Computers Ltd is not liable for their employees view, opinions or research.

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