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Saturday 22 September 2018
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The Technology behind Digital Language Labs

The Technology behind Digital Language Labs

One’s command over a language is the only thing that allows them to converse with ease. It is the only thing that allows a person to talk to someone and convey histhoughts. It is because of this reason that language labs are one of the most important parts of teaching language in today’s tech world. As technology is transforming how the globe functions, it was bound to creep its way into language labs as well.

Now, with the help of digital language labs from companies like Robotel, teachers can easily help students get a hold of their language prowess. The working technology behind digital language labs is simple. A desktop that is equipped with all required peripherals like noise cancellation headphones with microphone, keyboard, mouse, monitor and a power backup with a basic configuration is used as the workstation. This workstation has an operating system installed and OS specific software is also installed.

Finally,a language learning software is installed in the system. This software is the main power behind digital language labs. They have all the features that are required by teachers for the process of language teaching/learning. Various activities like pronunciation practice, exercises, quizzes, audio broadcasting, and video presentation are included in this software.

The software comprises of a teacher’s dashboard and a student’s dashboard. The teacher can setup quizzes and select audio visual questions on the dashboard. Teachers can also give live presentations and broadcast audio directly to the student’s headsets. All the activities and practice questions are unlocked by the teacher so that the students can access these questions according to the current level of the course.

The student’s dashboard is a restricted one. Depending upon what the teacher has selected, the student dashboard is setup. If the teacher allows the students to take only an audio visual test, only that test would be visible on the dashboard, and if the teacher is teaching pronunciation using live presentations, the students would be able to seeonly that. Some digital language labs are a little more flexible and allow teachers to select various parts and lessons from their dashboard and the students can access them at their own pace.

Digital language labs have made teaching language very easy. Even when you are learning a new language the conventional way, the traditional classroom environment restricts each student to practice individually. With the help of digital language labs, each student can practice and learn together as well as individually.