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 playback 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.
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 to 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 an 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|
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