A room designed for learning foreign languages and equipped with tape recorders, videocassette recorders, or computers connected to monitoring devices enabling the instructor to listen and speak to the students individually or as a group is called a language laboratory. It is an audio or audio-visual installation used as an aid in modern language teaching. They can be found, amongst other places, in schools, universities and academics. The language laboratory is very useful for assessing students' speech. It provides students with the technical tools to get the best samples of pronunciation of the language. The electronic devices used in the laboratory will stimulate the eyes and ears of the learner to acquire the language quickly and easily. The laboratory’s collection is designed to assist learners in the acquisition and maintenance of aural comprehension, oral listening, pronunciation and written proficiency, and cultural awareness.
The Need for a Language Laboratory
The language laboratory offers broadcasting, television programs, web-assisted materials and videotaped off-air recordings in the target language. In short, a learner can get the experience of having interaction with native speakers through the laboratory. Hence, the language laboratory has become the need of the hour in any language learning process for communication.
The lab attempts to inculcate the practical skills of communication which include discussion session, presentation, mock meetings mock interview with an objective of developing the all round personality, particularly the qualities of leadership, dynamism, team building, positive value based attitude and confidence among the scholars. However, in many cases they still rely on proprietary networks or expensive sound cards to successfully deliver their media.
Kinds of Language Laboratory
There are several kinds of language...