The English Language Lab
The English language Lab established in 1995, has been used to facilitate classroom engagement and interaction via computer-based exercises and activities to maximize proficiency in language components (vocabulary and pronunciation) and in language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
The English Language lab provides a diverse experience from the conventional system of teaching and learning English language communication skills and offers advanced features such as authentic recorded materials, spoken by different native speakers, that expose the students to the near – ideal pronunciation of native speakers.
Orthophonic devices are used to augment language competence through course materials such as pronunciation drills, grammar exercises and listening tasks. The English language lab has the facility for 40+1 users and provides course materials from BBC English, Cambridge English and so on. The facilities of the Language Lab were used extensively by General English students for training as part of their first semester course “Communication Skills in English” which had an Oral Test component. Students were trained on developing their listening and speaking skills with special sessions that focused on pronunciation and communication competence. A blended methodology of language teaching is adopted in the language lab with the teacher explaining the language concepts, guiding the students through the different modules and then the students proceeding to practice them individually at their own computer systems in the lab. Thus the students learn more comprehensively through the use of the English language lab as it caters to the following objectives in the teaching learning experience:
Facilitated Self Learning: The learning is teacher assisted at the outset with the teacher introducing the course materials and then it proceeds to self guided independent learning where the students can individually focus and practice on language skills that they are less proficient in.
Complimentary Learning: The English language lab allows students to reinforce the subject modules learnt during their classroom lectures and practice the tasks/exercises proactively through interactive activities.
Monitoring and Evaluation: Teachers get to monitor student lab activities and receive instant reports on their performance in tasks/exercises which can be utilized to customize the teaching and learning activities to maximize language competence in the lab and in the classroom.