Villanova's Language Lab Facility allows students to experiencethelanguage of their choice in many different ways. Taking advantageofvaried learning capacities, the lab provides auditory, visualandtactile realms where students may familiarize themselves with Arabic,Chinese, Classics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Utilizing the Microsoft Multilingual User InterfacePacks and theMicrosoft Visual Keyboard, students can type compositionsor drills indifferent languages. These two Microsoft applications maketypingcompositions very easy (compared to ASCII key combinationmethods), andallow most of the focus to remain on grammatical structure.
Students may also listen to textbook lessons and record theirown voiceusing the headsets attached to the computer stations. This isan easyway for instructors to implement and encourage oral repetition.
Theaudio and visual files previously only available in the LanguageLab arenow available to all students, faculty and staff enrolled in aLanguagecourse through WebCT. Please access WebCT classes through myNova
Please consult these instructions for specifics.
To get more of a feel for the natural cadence of a language, students can watch and listen to streaming audio and video from around the world using the Internet. The lab is fully wired and in the Web Resources section students can find quality streaming sites at the click of a mouse (as well as newspapers and useful dictionaries!).
Outfitted with multiple VCRs and DVD players, students can also watch assigned instructional and educational media in the viewing room.