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Language Teaching & Research Lab
Department of Languages, Literatures
and Cultures

15 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Support & Scheduling:
ltrlab@llc.umass.edu

(The Lab is open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays. The Lab Facilitator is available weekdays 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment.)

Welcome to the Language Teaching & Research Lab!

LAB MANUAL UPDATED!!!

Workshops – Week of February 23rd  

We will have a round of workshops for LLC Instructors and T.A.s on the week of February 23rd.  As with last semester, the workshop sessions will last 50 minutes each and there will be no need for signing up; those interested can simply walk in.  During this particular week we will cover 3 topics, and each topic will be covered multiple times, so teachers can find which date and time best suits them (the content for each topic will be the same each time).  The topics will be as follows:

  1. Moodle Assignments and Turnitin = UMass Moodle allows you to integrate the power of Turnitin in its assignment creation process.  You can learn how to easily assess the originality of students’ submissions (or lack thereof!) by getting a detailed breakdown of the specific sentences in the submission that have matches, as well as a list of the sources of those matching texts for comparison, including past submissions from your own sources.  You can also exclude quotes from the search if you like, and save the submitted text with the suspected matches highlighted.  In addition, comment on your students’ submissions in the language of your choice (Turnitin supports 19 languages), including color-coding your comments, creating your own comment tags, or simply leaving voice commentary for students.
  2. Subtitling = Using free software available for download, we will go through the process of creating subtitles for video clips, enhancing them with color and font options, then burning them directly to the original video.  (Windows)
  3. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro = NOTE: This is a repeat of the workshop on the same subject offered last semester; we may offer a fresh continuation of it later on.  This is Adobe’s video editing program, ideal for use when assigning video projects to students.  We’ll create a project and timeline, import a video and edit it (e.g. add titles, cut the video and add transitions, add voiceover and background music).

Here is the schedule:

Date

Session Times and Topics

February 24

(Tuesday)

1:25 to 2:15
Moodle & Turnitin

2:30 to 3:20
Moodle & Turnitin

4:00 to 4:50
Subtitling

February 25

(Wednesday)

1:25 to 2:15
Intro Premiere Pro

2:30 to 3:20
Intro Premiere Pro

4:00 to 4:50
Moodle & Turnitin

February 26

(Thursday)

1:25 to 2:15
Subtitling

2:30 to 3:20
Subtitling

4:00 to 4:50
Intro Premiere Pro

 

Located within the UMass Translation Center in Herter Hall, the Language Teaching & Research (LTR) Lab provides an interactive space for language learners to complete meaningful tasks and develop communicative competency in a foreign language, whether they are interacting with each other or with peers on the other side of the world.

Twenty-seven student computer stations are available for class sessions or individual work. The lab is also home to a dedicated research workstation and a soundproof interpreting booth in order to facilitate innovative second-language research and interpreter training. The LTR Lab staff hosts workshops and provides technical support and training for language instructors and researchers within UMass Amherst and throughout the Five College community.

To learn more about how the Language Teaching & Research Lab can work with your classroom needs, please visit the Lab page or contact the Lab Facilitator.
Here is a LAB Manual with plenty of information on how to use the lab and what software is installed.

Scheduling

To schedule your class for the lab, please send us an email with the following:

  • your name
  • the class you are teaching (i.e. SPAN 120, FREN 273)
  • activities you are interested in
  • objectives for your session in the lab