Language Lab


Language Lab

Using technology to connect our students with the world
Featuring a Language Lounge, Global Classroom, and Linguistics Workroom
Language Lab News and Updates
Study Participant Calendar
Events reserved in the Language Lab are not open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Language Lab ManagerEric Kirschling |

Summer 2018 HoursMon-Fri 11:00-3:00

The Language Lab is closed for all student holidays and finals week.

Language Lounge

302 Burnett Hall
The 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.

Lounge Reservation Calendar

Hover over the Calendar to view events. The Lounge can be reserved by any member of our department on a first come, first serve basis.
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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 Fall 2018

Global Classroom

301 Burnett Hall

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 larger class sizes for Big Ten Academic Alliance CourseShare courses (synchronous online classes for less commonly taught languages).

Students in the Language Lab: Global Classroom.

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

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Linguistics Workroom

304 Burnett Hall

The Linguistics Workroom is an applied linguistics and language pedagogy research area, which focuses specifically on the field of computer assisted language learning (CALL). It is therefore used for running research studies and for developing and implementing innovations in CALL. The Workroom is equipped with a Google Assistant, a PC 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 and virtual reality apps), which enables us to create language instructional content as open education resources (OERs). 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 students. The Workroom is also where we implement other applications of CALL, namely Big Ten Academic Alliance CourseShare courses (synchronous online classes for less commonly taught languages), as well as placement testing using the web-based Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (WebCAPE).

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.