ENGLISH LANGUAGE LABORATORY

 

Globalization has opened up myriad avenues of placement for students. In today’s competitive age, students aspire to secure lucrative placements in the corporate world. In addition to subject competency, language proficiency and communication skills are highly sought after in the corporate world.

It is important to provide students with the skills required to be competent to integrate themselves in the present globalised world. The Language Laboratory endeavours to provide an opportunity to students so that language proficiency and competency will empower them in the professions of their choice. Moreover, most students usually have subject (core commerce subject) competency but find English language communication difficult. In this sense it undermines their performance especially in an increasingly IT oriented world. The Language Laboratory hopes to overcome these gaps by providing learner centered opportunity for language learning

There are multitudinous features of language lab, which make the students to have interactive session. It provides equal opportunity to all the students to hear the instructor irrespective of the place where they are seated. There will be feeble chances of miscommunication because of direct nature of the sound transmission. It also provides the privacy that encourages the introvert students to speak without any hesitation. In addition instructor can speak to an individual or group of students in privacy without interrupting rest of the class. Language labs motivate students to talk freely and lose their  coyness when talking in front of their friends. Attention span increases with better retention of the concepts. Furthermore, it develops the listening and communication skills, since they hear correct pronunciation through their headphones. Learner will show more enthusiasm and excitement in learning lessons .Teacher can monitor each student, which is not possible in case of the regular classroom. In a lab, instructor can communicate with many students by pressing a mouse key in order to talk with them. Judicious use of time and learning efficiency is much more than usual classroom learning. This set up fosters more interactive session between students and teacher. The language lab brings variety in teaching learning process instead of monotonous verbal centered teaching. The student’s progress can also be monitored regularly so that teacher can provide feedback based on individual pace and ability. Finally, the students can learn the lesson at their own pace thus allowing the classroom as student-centered approach.

 

The Language Laboratory of ARMY PUBLIC SCHOOL, BARRACKPORE began its odyssey in 2012. The laboratory comprises of computers connected with high speed server and internet to facilitate the processes of language acquisition.

The Objective of Language Lab is to render an opportunity to students to enhance their knowledge of English in an interesting way. The language lab utilizes the software Wordsworth. It includes various levels of exercises. These exercises range from multiple-choice questions to audio-visual exercises. The Language Lab employs activities that make learning interesting. The language lab involves self-learning with feedback. The CBSE based ASL (ASSESSMENT OF SPEAKING AND LISTENING) is religiously conducted in the language laboratory.

The Language Laboratory is an audio-visual aid in modern language learning. It provides:

·         Learner-centric opportunity through practice and assessment.

·         The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are integrated holistically.

·         It incorporates speaking and guided writing skills in an active manner.

·         It gives every learner freedom to learn at his/ her own pace.

·         Teacher’s assistance is given individually and collectively.

·         Teacher acts as facilitator thus enhancing learning.