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Department of World Languages and Cultures

Language Learning Center

The World Languages and Cultures Learning Center, also known as the "Language Lab," is located in 307 Kinard and is available to World Languages and Cultures students and instructors for teaching, learning, and practicing foreign languages. Consisting of a classroom and a conference room, the Language Lab gives students and instructors access to state-of-the-art multimedia equipment, computers, and software in a language-focused environment.

Language Lab studentsAfter an extensive planning period and with numerous contributions, the Language Learning Center officially opened on June 17, 2002 with a ceremony honoring the South Carolina Cable Television Foundation for its contributions. With these contributions, the old language lab was upgraded to accommodate the rapid changes in technology and education.

Affected by this upgrade were rooms 307 and 311 in Kinard Hall, which now house modern language classes taught in the most innovative ways recommended by educators. As part of the renovations and upgrades to the site, old speech booths were replaced with networked computers linked to a control room and a teacher station in each room. Instructors can now show their screens to individuals or groups of students using the existing local area network, listen to students speaking, and assist groups in the language learning process.

Description of Facilities

The classroom (Room 307) is designed for teaching classes for World Languages and Cultures students. It has 24 multimedia-capable PCs and an instructor station, all of which are equipped with flat panel displays, DVD drives, international keyboard layouts, and internet access. Language Lab professor

The conference room (Room 311) is designed for small classes, faculty-meetings, or as a presentation room. It offers the same equipment as the classroom but in a more open setting for classes and small groups. It has 9 multimedia-capable PCs and an instructor's station.

In addition, both rooms are equipped with a Worldwide VCR, a CD/DVD player (all of which can be projected), as well as a high quality sound system device. Some multimedia equipment is available for faculty to check out for use in class.

The Language Lab is staffed by Dr. Elizabeth Evans, the Language Lab Director, and one Lab Assistant. Limited tutoring in Spanish is available during the hours the Lab Assistant works. Check the schedule posted outside the lab entrance.

For more information, contact the lab director at evansej@winthrop.edu.