302 Burnett HallThe Language Lounge is a student space that supports group work, individual language practice, tutoring assistance, and global communication. It also provides language students with access to various forms of media. It therefore features Apple iPads (please click for current iPad app list) and a Google Chromebox that are both available for student use and for student projects. Additionally, two 70" screens provide an immersive language environment designed to facilitate learning through international film, music, and news. The Lounge is also used as a space for department-wide events or talks.
The Lounge can be reserved by any member of our department on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve the Language Lounge
Tutoring in the LoungeTutoring is available in the Lounge during the academic year for students in the Spanish, French, and German basic language programs.
Tutoring Hours Spring 2019
Monday1:30 - 2:30 pm
Tuesday1:30 - 2:30 pm 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday10:30 - 11:30 am 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Friday1:30 - 2:30 pm
Tuesday2:30 - 3:30 pm
Wednesday1:00 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday12:00 - 1:45 pm
Wednesday2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday2:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday2:30 - 4:00 pm
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The Global Classroom is a language teaching resource that allows instructors to connect their classes synchronously to global partners. Specifically, the space is equipped with ceiling microphones, speakers, web cameras, a projector, and two 70" screens. These tools allow an entire class (of up to 28 students) to video conference with other classes, students, educators, and researchers at other institutions across the globe.
Moreover, the flexibility that the Global Classroom provides with respect to technological instruments makes it an ideal space for delivering and taking synchronous online courses. The space therefore also supports Big Ten Academic Alliance CourseShare courses (synchronous online classes for less commonly taught languages). Please email Dr. Patricia A. Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on CourseShare courses.
Innovation Workroom CalendarHover over the Calendar to view reservations.
The Innovation Workroom can be reserved by any member of our department or student on a first come, first serve basis.Reserve the Innovation Workroom
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The Innovation Workroom is an area in the Lab that focuses on applied linguistics and language pedagogy, and more specifically on the field of computer assisted language learning (CALL). It is therefore used for developing, testing, and implementing innovations in CALL for our language students. The Workroom is equipped with an Amazon Alexa voice assistant device, a Mac featuring Praat phonetics software and Audacity audio editing software, and a sound production platform (with the ability to perform direct line-in recording).
We also specialize in web-based development (mobile apps [see the Spanish Language Maze app] and virtual reality apps), which enables us to create language instructional content as open education resources (OERs) for language students to use. One of our current projects focuses on virtual reality app development for language learning, as well as reimagining areas of the Workroom as an augmented reality and virtual reality space for language learners. We therefore currently have two Oculus Rifts available for language courses to use for language learning purposes. The Workroom is also where we implement placement testing using the web-based Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (WebCAPE) – another application of CALL for our students.
Placement TestingSchedule a Placement Exam
The purpose of placement testing is to determine the optimal entry point into our curriculum for students who have had prior formal language instruction. Placement tests are available only for students of Spanish, French, and German. The placement test is a multiple-choice test that is computerized and adaptive. It will take students approximately 45 minutes to complete. The results of the test will expire after one year. Please note that the placement test is used only for course level placement; it is an advising tool, not a proficiency exam, and therefore cannot be used to waive coursework or grant credit.