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Digital Language Lab - Self Access Center

This presentation is about a very brief history of Language Laboratory, some handy tips about its installation and some important ideas to convert it into Self Access Centers.

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Digital Language Lab - Self Access Center

  1. 1. ‘Fourth International and 40th Annual ELTAI Conference’ Date: 7-9 August 2009 Venue: J.B.A.S. College for Women, Chennai Theme: "Managing Mixed-Ability Classes“ Presenters: Kalyan Chattopadhyay (West Bengal) Dilip Barad (Gujarat) Language Laboratory: A Platform to Synergise Various Web 2.0 Tools
  2. 2. Long Days Journey: Language Lab to Digital Language Lab How to establish a language lab? A Checklist How to conduct sessions in language lab? DLL as SAC 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM2 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  3. 3. Definition of DLL: 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AMDLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad3  “A network of computers along with appropriate software which provides most of the functions of a conventional language lab together with integration of video, word processor and other computer application.”  www.languages-ict.org.uk  Before DLL evolved to this definition, it passed through these stages…
  4. 4.  1877: Edison‟s invention of tin foil phonograph  1920s: Radio – foreign language instruction  1950s: Tape recorders – learning linguistic units–mastered through mechanical process of repetitive drills Keating, Lorge, Hutchinson – study on the merits of audio-lingual skills).  1970s: Rejection of LLs – language acquisition theories changed towards ‘communicative fluency’ rather than ‘linguistic accuracy’  1980s: Revival period began – digital technologies aided linguistic learning theories - DLL 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM4 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  5. 5. Long Days Journey: 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AMDLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad5  e-naissance: Period of last score and a half  1980s: OHP, VCP/R – progressive teaching tool to DLLs: 2000s  Along with changes in tools comes the challenges of learning how to integrate new technology into our teaching methods
  6. 6. Planning Selection Installation Training Generating Resource Materials Maintenance 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM6 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  7. 7.  Room Space: 36x20  Electrification: Professional Electrician/UPS  LAN: Cat 6 cable & switch port  Furniture: Space to keep note-book on desk – drawer/monitor position  Layout: Cubicles in circular‟E‟, „O‟, „C‟ or „U‟ Shape 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM7 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  8. 8.  Hardware: Processor2.5 GHz, RAM 1 GB, Graphic card, Sound card, DVD drive, USB ports, LAN card, Webcam, Speakers, Headphones  Software:  Surveying the availability of DLL programmes  Asking for demo  Short-listing a few  Making final selection keeping in mind the requirements of the students and the competency level of the instructors  Space to add additional resources…  LCD projector and Projection Screen 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM8 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  9. 9.  Instructor / computer assistant must „see‟ the installation  Check where source & back up files are saved in server PC  Learn how to install student console from server back up files  Learn to protect & restore passwords  Practice operating teacher/student console 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM9 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  10. 10.  Training of the faculty or instructors  Competency Assessment  Skill Assessment  Workshop on Pedagogy  Workshop on Methodology  Workshop on e-Skills Training of the students in handling the language lab  Training of the senior student by faculty  Peer training 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM10 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  11. 11.  Forming groups of material developers  Assessing materials available with the DLL programme  Developing materials with a view to:  Proficiency level of the learners  Learning styles of the learners  Multiple intelligences of the learners  Learning requirements of the learners  Pilot study of the materials  Testing of the materials  Taking feedback of the learners and the peers  Ascertaining their validity and reliability  Making changes, if necessary  Support study resources - either in form of book or e-books . . . 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM11 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  12. 12.  Regular check up by technicians of the hardware and software  Cleaning: dust & water proof  Regular Stock verification of materials being used  Replacing damaged or ineffective components of hardware and software  Regular virus update and scanning  Regular maintenance of the server  Regular back up of students’ file  Voltage stabilizers / UPS / ACs 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM12 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  13. 13.  Lesson planning  Selecting resource material  Assigning resource material to students  Scheduling Groups  Checking their activities and progress  Providing feedback, if necessary 3/29/2014 3:55:48 AM13 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
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  19. 19.  Writing and Speaking: Chatting: voice and text with instructor and peer group  Pronunciation: Phonetics: Analyze waves  Listening and Speaking: Role play  Speaking and listening: Ghost story  Murder in the lab 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM19 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  20. 20.  What is a Self-Access Centre (SAC)?  A centre which enables learning to take place independently of teaching and which offers students the scope to choose and use materials on their own, and the materials they use offer them the flexibility to seek correction and assessment of their own performance. 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM20 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  21. 21.  What kind of equipment and facilities, and therefore financing, would it require?  What method/way/system of Self-access language leaning (SALL) would be most suitable for a particular institution/school?  Where would they need to integrate SALL?  In classroom lessons?  In project work?  In self-access centre (SAC) which would encourage leaner autonomy inside and outside of the classroom? 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM21 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  22. 22.  A self-access centre can be set up even within a language lab and can be created in any kind of school/college, with materials and objectives that are different and geared to the specific needs.  The main idea is to create a space where students can work independently, at their own pace, with materials that are varied, according to their needs, preference and learning styles.  It can be created within the classroom, or in a room specially equipped for this aim, and used during or outside the lessons.  The centre can then be improved along the years, adding equipment and materials according to the 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM22 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  23. 23.  Cassette Recorder  Audio active comparative labs (AAC)  Video Stations  DLL  LSRW sections  Exam preparation  ESP, EAP  Open Source Tools  Virtual Classroom 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM23 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  24. 24.  What are the benefits of learning through SAC?  learn independently of teacher  learn to work at their own pace  learn in their own way  choose and use self-access material on their own  assume responsibility for and direct their own learning  learn to help and encourage everyone to take responsibility for learning  students may use the SAC in open-access time as frequently as they wish 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM24 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  25. 25.  Would you need or prefer to use Lontent management System (LMS) like Moodle?  Or would you need or prefer to use Open Source content authoring application like eXe to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of their content in different formats?  Would you prefer to allow your learners to interact with PEOPLE asynchronously through forum, blogs?  Would you prefer to allow your learners to interact with PEOPLE in real-time through virtual classroom, instant messaging, second life etc.? 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM25 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  26. 26.  Planning a piece of work  Undertaking the work  Reviewing the success or effectiveness of the work done  Seeking or making explanations or theoretical explanations for the success or otherwise of the work, leading to guidelines on how to make the next piece of work in some sense better. 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM26 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  27. 27.  Have I identified a need to undertake the activity?  What is the aim of the activity?  Have I selected materials of a suitable level?  Am I using appropriate resources?  Noting unfamiliar grammar points  Noting new vocabulary  Noting whole phrases  Repeating pronunciation  Summarising audio or written text3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM27 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  28. 28.  Did the activity achieve all or any of the stated aims?  What did I gain from the activity?  Did I enjoy the activity?  Can I devise an appropriate follow-up activity?  Did I try to achieve too much/ too little in the time available?  Was the proportion of time devoted to different activities right? Were the chosen materials appropriate to the aims of the task?  Would I do the same activity again? 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM28 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  29. 29.  Providing Information guides  What hours is the Open Access Centre open?  When is the Language Support Officer available?  How many rooms does the Open Access Centre have?  What help can the Language Support Officer offer?  Can students borrow materials to take home?  Face to face induction sessions with a learning advisor/ tutor  Providing Interactive induction materials  Portfolio building 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM29 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  30. 30.  How do we rate the success and efficiency of SAC in different institutions?  What are the important factors for the successful transition of DLL to SAC or successful implementation of SAC?  Now what do you think are the advantages of having a self-access centre for EFL teaching at your institution?  What do you think are the disadvantages of having a self-access centre for EFL teaching at your institution?  What role would you finally identify for yourself for3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM30 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad
  31. 31. Kalyan Chattopadhyay  profkalyan@gmail.com  www.kalyanchattopadhyay.info  www.theenglishlive.com Dilip Barad  dilipbarad@gmail.com  www.dilipbarad.com 3/29/2014 3:55:49 AM31 DLL - SAC: Chattopadhyay & Barad