Digital Language Lab

Digital Language Lab

The Digital Language Lab(DLL) is a revolutionary software-driven language learning laboratory that blends time-tested methodologies with interactive technology to deliver a superb teaching and learning experience. The methodology is LSRW or Listening-SpeakingReading-Writing in tandem with appropriate learning materials brought to you through easy-to-use yet state-of-the art information technology that is preprogrammed to run seamlessly across multiple operating systems while making the learning process interactive and enjoyable. DLM is indeed an effective evaluation tool for the mentor and an efficient communication boon for the mentee.

DLM integrates the latest technology around practical approach to learning that have been advocated by scientists, theorists, and educational psychologists for years. Virtual reality, visualization, digital modelling, digitization, simulation, games, virtual worlds and intelligent one-on-one tutoring systems dramatically enhance teaching and learning of elusive concepts by translating abstractions into real-world contexts and providing customized instruction and individualized assessments. However, Mentors and Mentees will be perfectly at ease with DLL as no specialized IT skills are required in the comfortable teaching and learning environment provided by our interface.

Techniques to improve macro skills of language Through DLL

Among the four macro skills of language learning, listening and reading are receptive skills whereas speaking and writing are the productive skills.These skills can be improved effectively, when the learner learns at his own pace. With the help of the functional tools integrated into the Mentor Console, language skills can be taught, practiced and evaluated through the techniques followed.

Listening

The primary form of linguistic communication is speech and listening is the most important receptive (and learning) skill for foreign language students. An ability to listen and interpret many shades of meaning from what is heard, is a fundamental communicative ability. Teaching listening involves training in some ‘enabling skills’ perception of sounds, stress, intonation patterns, accents, attitudes and so on, as well as ‘practice’ in various styles of listening comprehension.

Perception / Pronunciation

Accurate perception of the sounds of the language is the first stage which leads to interpretation and comprehension. When listening to a foreign language, we need to know the sounds, rhythms, tunes and stress patterns of that language. All the pronunciation work which we do will benefit the Mentees’ listening ability.

Phonetics

The sounds of the English language can be written down using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) which is used in all Longman dictionaries. Use of minimal pair perception exercises (ship/sheep, ten /then) helps students learn the sounds of English. Pronunciation exercises can be well practices with the help of the language lab software.

Interpretation

We listen to interpret meaning. Most of the exercises which students will do focus on listening comprehension, which is interpretingmeaning from spoken language.

Speaking

Mentees’ speech evaluation is possible through the digital recorder modules in DLM. Mentees’ audio recordings can be saved for later evaluation. The Mentor can Record their own voice notes that Mentee can hear later as they review their work.

Digital Recorder

This software module allows Mentees’ to experience interactive multimedia programs while simultaneously recording their own voices for practice. Using this, Mentees’ feel like they are interacting with a live native speaker and they can increase their comprehension,vocabulary and speaking skills. By adding subtitles, reading skills are also increased. Quizzes and tests can be prepared by using text, graphics, video and audio materials. These quizzes are graded automatically.

Reading & Writing

The key to learning a language is the frequent exposure and use of vocabulary and grammar. The average person must be exposed to a word or phrase 100s of times before integrating it into fluent conversation. This is easily made possible through DLM by picking-up a base vocabulary of approximately 2000 words for everyday use by learning the rules of grammar; practicing vocabulary Lessons; doing grammar exercises and listening to interactive stories/situations.

WORKING FEATURE

Teacher And student Console

Mentors Console

This is the all-powerful administrative control station, which has absolute control of every Mentee Console individually and collectively. Learning materials can be custom-made, added stored and assigned only from here. Fully secured with multiple user IDs and individual passwords this master workstation boasts the following unique features: Multiple Mentor logins with id and password Mentor can add their own mentee’s with class and batches Mentee’s registration has to be approved by Mentor for login Assign lessons for a future date in batches/classes/sessions/students Eavesdrop & Incognito Monitoring of Mentee console(s) Two-way Communication Broadcasting (talk/assign lessons to entire classroom) Facility for live class Mentee’s screen capturing Facility for assigning lessons group-wise & individually Mentee’s assignments can be viewed & edited Mentee’s login info & window minimized indicator Mentee’s profile can be viewed Create lessons in HTML/PDF using text creator/editor Audio/video formats (individual or combination) Real-time lesson editing & lesson re-assigning Create audio/video lessons

Mentees Console

This is the student workstation where the DLL assignments are received, worked on and practised, under the watchful supervision of the mentor. Specifically adapted for language learning, this console boasts the following features: Login with unique id and password View and work on all previous assignments Listen, speak, read, write, and repeat Record & role play Compare/evaluate assignments Independent two-way communication with Mentor Real time translation Chat audio/texting Review assignments in all audio/video formats Text-to-speech engine