Modern language lab is known as the digital learning lab, multimedia lab, language lab, etc. These labs offer the following to students
The purpose of a language lab:
The goal of a language lab is to engage students to effectively take an interest in language learning practices and get more practice than generally plausible in a conventional classroom condition.
Why should you have a learning lab at school?
In a standard English- language class, all students combine, talk for just 23.5% of the class time (DESI 2006, pg. 48-49).
In a 45-minute long class, 23.5% equivalents roughly 10 ½ minutes. As this number is the talking time of all students set up together, the time every student gets the chance to practice speaking turns out to be less as the class measure is expanded.
|Ten student class||30 student class|
|Traditional classroom||~1 minute||~21 seconds|
|Classroom with language lab||~11 minutes*||~11 minutes*|
With a language lab, all students in the class can speak simultaneously without distracting each other regardless of the class size. Language lab gives an opportunity to work on individual needs, which at times is not addressed in a classroom setting. It helps strengthen the basics of the language, i.e. Grammar
Today’s language labs have come a long way from “listen and repeat ”system of the 1960s, and have grown ground zero for hyper-multimedia language education.
It used to be that vague audio channelled to language students wearing personal headsets. Today, your class can enjoy authentic videos, engaging apps, and innovative game formats—all at the click of a button.
Think about it this way: A language lab is a computer lab with a few tweaks to it. If a school already has a computer room, then it’s just a small step away from integrating the language lab. I start the ball rolling with some material and build from there.)
For instance, to use Mindspark English an online platform where students learn languages with real-world examples—you only need access to a computer or tablet with the Internet. (iPhones and iPads work too, by the way!)
Mindspark strive to build the proficiency through continuous engagement and exposure to elements of the English language. However, while most programmes claim to teach you English, Mindspark requires you to have basics of English language. It’s more about being fluent in the language and not just learn it.