ERIC Number: ED225395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
When "Less is More": The Optimal Design of Language Laboratory Hardware.
Kershaw, Gary; Boyd, Gary
SPEAQ Journal, v4 n3-4 p75-82 1980
The results of a process of designing, building, and "de-bugging" two replacement language laboratory hardware systems at Concordia University (Montreal) are described. Because commercially available systems did not meet specifications within budgetary constraints, the systems were built by the university technical department. The systems replaced were a multiple source, dial-access type, audio-active laboratory system and a cassette type student recording laboratory. The new audio-active system consists of 24 rack-mounted computer type cassette decks and a Umatic videodeck. The 19 student booths have video monitors, with controls provided for students and teacher. External telephone access is provided to one pre-chosen cassette deck. The cassette type recording laboratory has been rearranged so that all cassette decks are located behind the teacher's desk; the wing-chair type student booths are located in 2 blocks with 11 booths per block. The student booths in the recording laboratory are equipped so that the students may record from the master track the student is following, or from a main source deck. Student controls were kept as simple and rugged as possible. Teacher controls avoided micro-computer terminals. Both systems were within the budget and have been working satisfactorily. (AMH)
Descriptors: Equipment Evaluation, Higher Education, Laboratory Equipment, Language Laboratories, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Developed Materials
Concordia Colloquium on Language Labs, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, Quebec H3G-1M8, Canada ($15.00 for entire journal).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Concordia Colloquium on Language Laboratories (Montreal, Quebec, July 6-8, 1981).