Valley Community College's International Language Lab is an exceptional
instructional delivery system. Built in 1990, it features a LLC-5510
SONY control console with 24 individual study carrels. Each study
carrel is equipped with its own TV monitor, 8 mm tape deck and audio cassette.
The equipment may be used independently or programmed by the instructor
from the center console.
While seated at the center control console, the instructor is in charge
of a sophisticated array of audio and video technologies. The center
console is operated by a user friendly, heat activated touch screen.
A color graphic depicts the classroom and the student carrels. With
a touch of the screen, the instructor can divide the class into multiple
groups and give each a different activity. For example, while some
students watch a video on 12" laser disc, another might respond to cues
on an audio tape, while a third group watches a live satellite broadcast.
The instructor has at his or her disposal two audio cassette decks, a
VHS machine, a 12" laser disc player, an 8 mm video tape deck, and a video
overhead projector. The way the equipment is used is limited only
by the instructor's imagination.
Each student carrel features a headset with an attached microphone.
The link of all the student headsets with the center console enables the
instructor to communicate with the entire class or single out an individual
student for extra help. While the students are responding to cues
on a foreign language tape, the instructor can monitor each student individually
and correct pronunciation without disturbing the others. The instructor
can also direct the students to place a blank tape in their tape decks
so they can make a personal recording of the audio tape used in class,
with their own voice responding to the audio cues. Many students
find this comparison useful for improving pronunciation.
Another piece of equipment which lends itself to foreign language instruction
is the video overhead projector. The video projector sends a color,
video image to the students' individual TV monitors. The projector
is not based on transparencies. It can project a color image of
anything placed underneath the lens-- from coins, stamps, menus, maps
and print advertisements to other types of materials. One of the
most successful applications of the projector at Hudson Valley had been
its use in Japanese classes. The projector enables the Japanese
instructor to demonstrate the writing of Kanji characters for the entire
class right on their TV monitors, as opposed to on a standard chalk board.
Although the college's International Language Lab is predominantly used
for language instruction, its audio and visual mediums could be applied
to any academic discipline. Presently, in addition to the five foreign
languages being taught here (French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Russian),
the lab is also being used for classes in Music Appreciation and English
as a Second Language.
The Language Lab is open on a daily basis for independent study when
it is not being used for classes. For a current schedule listing
class times and availability for independent study, please contact the
International Cinema Showcase
With the assistance of the Faculty Student Association, the language lab co-sponsors the showing of selected award-winning films from around the world during the fall and spring semesters.
Faculty members facilitate a discussion following the showing.
For more information about upcoming cinema showcase events, contact Natasha Anthony.
Brahan Hall, Rooms 111-112
Phone: (518) 629-7500
Fax: (518) 629-7542