What is a Language Lab?
The purpose of a language lab is to enable students to actively participate in language learning exercises and get more practice speaking than would otherwise be possible in a traditional classroom environment. Use of high quality headsets in a lab enables all students to speak at once and helps students stay focused by eliminating distractions.
Modern language labs in general offer the following:
- Text, images, audio and video can easily be integrated; teachers can alter materials to fit their requirements
- Learners can record their own voice and play back the recordings, interact with each other and the teacher, and save results for future use
- Teachers can monitor and control the students’ computers, listen as groups or individuals speak, collect student recordings, track learners’ work, etc.
- Self-access for independent learning which includes access to resources outside class
Common components in a modern language lab:
- Teacher computer with appropriate software for conducting language exercises
- Teacher and students wear headsets that block outside sounds and disturbances
- Students have a media player/recorder for listening to audio and recording speech
- Teacher and student positions are connected via LAN (local area network), in some cases also via separate audio cabling
- A server computer or a separate storage device is often used to store lesson materials in a digital format
Sanako world-class language labs provide:
- Differentiated learning that matches students’ individual abilities, interests, and needs
- More time for students to speak, increasing confidence and fluency
- Rich audiovisual content to boost engagement and retention
- More time for one-to-one guidance and feedback