Language Lab

Using technology to support language learning and facilitate immersive experiences
Featuring a Language Lounge, Technology Classroom, and Innovation Workroom

Events reserved in the Language Lab are not open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Language Lab Updates

We were featured in Nebraska Mosaic! Finding a voice: New Americans and language: The Innovators

February 2020 Presentation (American Association of Teachers for Slavic and Eastern European Languages in San Diego, California), Presenters: Dr. Liz Enkin, Dr. Olha Tytarenko, and Eric Kirschling: Incorporating Immersive VR (virtual reality) into the Language Curriculum
June 2019 Presentation (International Association for Language Learning Technology at the University of Oregon), Presenters: Dr. Liz Enkin and Dr. Kelly Kingsbury Brunetto: Using and Assessing Social Virtual Reality for Developing Advanced-Level Spanish Oral Proficiency
May 2019 Presentation (Computer-assisted language instruction consortium in Montreal, Canada), Presenters: Dr. Liz Enkin and Eric Kirschling: Reimagining the Language Lab: Creating a “Smart” Space and Developing Web-based Virtual Reality (WebVR) Games
November 2018 Arts & Sciences grant with the lab ($10,000) awarded to Dr. Liz Enkin and Dr. Kelly Kingsbury Brunetto: Using and assessing educational technology in the "smart" language lab: Virtual reality dialogues for Spanish curriculum development
April 2018 Arts & Sciences grant with the lab ($5,000) awarded to Dr. Liz Enkin: Developing and assessing virtual reality for language learning and open education resources

Please find more detailed information about the Language Lab here (last updated 8/2019): Language Lab Orientation

Language Lab ManagerEric Kirschling |

Spring 2020 HoursMonday - Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Language Lab is
closed for all student
holidays as well as
the first week of
classes and finals week
of each semester.

Language Lounge

302 Burnett Hall
The Language Lounge is a student space that supports group work, individual language practice, tutoring assistance, and communication. It also provides language students with access to various forms of media. It therefore features a DVD player, VCR, and a Google Chromebox that are 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 with iPads

Tutoring in the Lounge

Tutoring is available in the Lounge during the academic year for students in the Spanish, French, and German basic language programs.

Tutoring Hours Spring 2020

Spanish French German
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm
12:30 - 1:30 pm 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 12:00 - 1:00 pm 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:00 - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Friday 12:00 - 1:00 pm 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Technology Classroom

301 Burnett Hall

The Technology Classroom is a language teaching resource that is equipped with ceiling microphones, speakers, web cameras, a projector, and two 70" screens. It can be used to connect with others across the world through video conferencing. But, with the projector, large screens, multiple speakers, and the ability to arrange desks in various different ways, this classroom really shines in creating a technology-infused and immersive space that is perfect for interactive activities and games, such as playing Kahoot! in language courses! We also have iPads available for student use in order to facilitate learner engagement.

Students in the Language Lab: Technology Classroom.

The Technology Classroom can be reserved by any member of our department on a first come, first serve basis.

Reserve the Technology Classroom

Innovation Workroom Calendar

Hover 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

Innovation Workroom

304 Burnett Hall

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 immersive virtual reality space for language learners. 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 Testing

Schedule 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.