ERIC Number: ED282591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
The Multi-Component Language Lab.
The conventional language lab, though it motivates few students, lingers on at many institutions. While poor study habits contribute to the lab's low impact on language acquisition, an equally credible possibility is that the traditional language lab's "audio-only" technology is ill-suited to the primary cognitive styles of today's video-oriented students. With support from the Rockwell Corporation and other granting agencies, West Los Angeles College (WLAC) has created a new generation foreign language support system. The lab uses four instructional components (i.e., audio, video, computer, and tutorial) and maintains a software collection of virtually every video and computer program currently available. Students enroll for a one-unit lab course along with their five-unit language class, and are allowed to gravitate to whichever blend of the four components appeals to them most. In the first year of the lab's operation, enrollment in foreign language classes at WLAC increased 32%. Student responses to the lab reflected enthusiasm over its features, and a desire for more extended times of operation. This program description includes software recommendations and guidelines for developing a multi-media language lab. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Los Angeles Coll., Culver City, CA.