A language laboratory, or networked classroom, is a complete tool designed for students to learn a language in person through complete linguistic immersion. It is an effective and agile methodology for learning new languages. In fact, many educational centers such as universities and prestigious colleges adopt this language learning method because of the multiple advantages offered by the development of a language laboratory when conducting face-to-face classes. It is also an interactive tool, which encourages students’ participation and interaction, increases their interest, and improves the acquisition of skills in a fun and enjoyable way.
The implementation of a language laboratory provides a series of features that add value to the educational center and becomes the perfect complement to optimize teachers’ schedules while dynamizing and improving learning in the classrooms. Language laboratories offer different ways to enrich teaching with materials that are tailored to teachers’ requirements and needs. For example, through LCMS content management platforms, teachers can have numerous tools that allow them to modify and organize the courses and each lesson: they can integrate their own texts, images, audio, and video in different formats. In addition, students have several added benefits such as having an online dictionary available, recording their own voice, listening to audios with teachers, etc… Moreover, teachers can track student progress individually and in groups through detailed reports. And if they allow it, they can establish that students can continue their lessons outside the classroom, accessing e-learning materials from any PC, tablet, or smartphone connected to the network.
Benefits of a Language Lab
#1 Direct contact between students and teachers
Direct contact between students and teachers is essential when learning a language. Teachers play an important role in learning languages as they are responsible for managing the classroom environment and enhancing learning. Teachers are also in charge of correcting mistakes and solving students’ doubts which leads to establishing group dynamics when learning. In this way, a language laboratory not only facilitates direct, easy, and effective communication but also offers the perfect opportunity for students to practice with their peers, gain trust among themselves, and get better results in their studies.
#2 Immediate and personalized attention
Teachers’ work is facilitated by technology, it becomes a complementary role that helps with management within the classroom. In this way, teachers can devote more time to their students and focus on teaching by delegating the correction and development of materials to the LMS platform. With these facilities, the curriculum can be adapted to the class pace according to the proficiency level that the group demonstrates in the laboratory, which can be easily consulted with detailed monitoring reports. This personalized attention increases students’ progress and knowledge acquisition by identifying and focusing on the gaps identified during learning.
#3 Material available in the networked classroom
In a language lab, students do not have to worry about equipment or materials. Computers, internet access, books, and other complementary materials are provided by the school transforming a face-to-face class into a language laboratory. The use of these materials can be both online and offline on various devices and operating systems.
#4 Commitment to learning a language
One of the benefits of learning languages in the networked classroom or language lab is that In-person language courses have fixed schedules that will help your students maintain discipline and pace of study. In addition, students have many extra-curricular tools to complement, enhance and deepen the study of the language with the implementation of platforms for language learning.
#5 Added value to your school
After implementing a networked classroom, schools have a tool that facilitates communication and participation inside the classroom by adapting to new technologies. Thus, it is essential to create a language immersion environment that facilitates language teaching. This becomes a differentiating element since it is possible to streamline and optimize language learning to get better results.
#6 Advanced educational technology
At CAE, we are experts in creating unique e-learning solutions. If your school or training provider wants to expand into quality online training, using their own content, lessons, and materials, find out what our online educational platform LMS Voluxion Pro could offer. On the other hand, if you are interested in a turnkey language learning solution, find out more about our LMS Dexway language platform created exclusively for the development of language skills.
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