Digital Language Lab

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Mission Statement

The Digital Language Lab’s mission is to provide resources, facilities, and support for language instruction and learning to the entire Stanford community. State-of-the-art teaching spaces, enterprise level software resources, and expert support personnel combine to make the Stanford Digital Language Lab a dynamic and highly efficient teaching and learning facility. The Digital Language Lab is the multilingual computing and assessment hub at Stanford, offering reliable audio and video recording capability, foreign language digital media content, and software images to support computing in multiple foreign character sets. The lab also hopes to serve as physical and virtual cross-cultural encounter environment. The lab supports a variety of large scale online assessments in CourseWork, including Oral Diagnostic Assessments (ODAs), EFS placement reading tests, and 600+ Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews (SOPIs) every Spring Quarter.

History

The Stanford Digital Language Lab opened in April 1999 as a joint venture between the Stanford Libraries, Academic Computing and the Stanford Language Center. A generous donation from the President’s Fund covered much of the cost of this sizable renovation. The design of the Lab reflects a dramatic shift away from conventional modes of delivering foreign language instruction toward the Stanford Language Center’s ambitious program of large-scale, proficiency-based instruction grounded in program-wide, online assessment and access to enhanced learning spaces.

Facilities

The Digital Language Lab manages the following facilities.

280 Drop-in Computer Cluster area

  • 23 dualboot computers with headsets and microphones
  • Wall-mounted projector (instructor's only use)
  • Whiteboard, 2 round tables, 2 sofas with small table

280C Computer Classroom

  • 18 dualboot computers with headsets and microphones
  • 1 instructor’s station, ceiling projector, multi-region DVD/VHS player
  • Whiteboard, center table with 3 extra chairs

280D Seminar Room

  • 1 instructor's station, ceiling projector, multi-region DVD player
  • Center table with 18 chairs

280E Language Learning Studio

  • 2 instructor's stations and 2 interactive whiteboards and 2 projectors, augmented lighting
  • Whiteboards, Hhddleboards, movable tables with 18 chairs

Services

The Language Lab supports, trains, and consults with students and instructors.

Core Service

  • Placement and assessment [ODA, WDA, WPA, SOPI, EFS]
  • Multilingual computing
  • Consulting with developers
  • Lab orientation and documentation for equipment

Student Services

  • Tutorials
  • Online resources
  • Textbook materials

Instructor Services

  • Technology-enhanced classroom spaces and resources
  • Technology-integrated classroom teaching activities, projects, and ideas
  • Academic events and consulting

 

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