Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Renovated Language Lab Opens Spring 2013

Language Lab, from the teacher's station

Thanks to a grant made possible through the Hall Family Foundation to improve learning environments, the language lab located in Jewell Hall, room 203, was renovated during the Christmas break. Now open to students, the lab boasts many new features, from new paint to new chairs and tables, from new audiovisual equipment to new computers. The response has been overwhelmingly positive from faculty, staff and students. Open House on January 16 gave faculty and staff an opportunity to visit and learn about the lab's features. They participated in an activity in which they learned how to use the software Système-D that supports writing in French in the technology space and then moved to the conversation space to share what they learned with others. Both spaces encourage collaborative learning. The language assistants who host all lab sessions now in the new space have enjoyed working with students in both spaces, moving to the computers for written communication practice, then on to the conversation space for oral communication practice.

Language Lab, from the entrance
Enjoy this short film tracking the renovation, accompanied by "Carefree Latin Memories" by adjunct professor of Music, Allen Myers.

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