Digital language labs (15 Mar 07)

Date: 15 March, 2007
Location: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London
Event type: Symposium

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University of Ulster Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

A recent survey, undertaken by the Subject Centre on behalf of the University of Ulster's Centre for Excellence in Multimedia Language Learning (CEMLL), showed that there are around 50 institutions in UK Higher Education which have a digital lab facility of some kind.

This one-day event aims to bring together digital lab practitioners as well as those involved in policy making and management, in order to share examples of good practice in the use of digital labs for language teaching. Focusing on how labs are used in teaching and learning, rather than on the technology itself, delegates will have an opportunity to discuss their language teaching with their peers and to share practice-based research. The event will comprise of short papers/presentations, group discussions and a panel session with invited speakers. Proceedings of the event will be published in the form of a Handbook of Good Practice, providing guidelines for the use of digital language labs for effective language learning.


Please note there is no charge for this event but we reserve the right to charge a £20.00 non-attendance fee.

Provisional programme

A provisional programme is available on the University of Ulster website

The organising committee would like to thank those who submitted abstracts for the symposium. Presentations will be scheduled as 10-15 minute sessions, plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts were invited that critically explore experience of pedagogy-led use of digital labs in language learning and/or describe how labs are being used to achieve specific learning aims. Areas for consideration included:

  • Development of teaching methodologies
  • Integration of digital labs into language courses
  • Beyond the lab: extending learning opportunities
  • Impact of lab configuration on teaching and learning: functionality, flexibility, accessibility, comfort
  • Managing change: transition from analogue to digital