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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 COMING UP:We will have a new round of workshops for LLC Teachers and T.A.s on the week of October 27th.  Here is the schedule:

Date

Session Times and Topics

October 27 (Monday)

1:25 to 2:15
Premiere Pro

2:30 to 3:20
Premiere Pro

4:00 to 4:50
Dreamweaver

October 28 (Tuesday)

1:25 to 2:15
Intro Sanako

2:30 to 3:20
Intro Sanako

4:00 to 4:50
Sanako II

October 29 (Wednesday)

1:25 to 2:15
Sanako II

2:30 to 3:20
Sanako II

4:00 to 4:50
Intro Sanako

October 30 (Thursday)

1:25 to 2:15
Dreamweaver

2:30 to 3:20
Dreamweaver

4:00 to 4:50
Premiere Pro

October 31 (Friday)

1:25 to 2:15
Premiere Pro

2:30 to 3:20
Dreamweaver

Enjoy your Halloween.

  1. Introduction to Sanako = (This is a repeat of an earlier topic, for those interested teachers that were unable to attend the first time around).  The Sanako Lab 100 is a language lab system that allows instructors to deliver assignments to students, monitor their work individually, interact with them and record the results.  We will go over inputting assignments into the system, creating sessions for the students and monitoring and saving their work.
  2. Sanako II = We will go over assignments in which the students communicate with each other (Phone Discussion, Pair Discussion), and then the teachers will role-play actual use of the system from beginning to end (hardware/software initiation, seating plan, session control, collecting data).
  3. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro = 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).
  4. Introduction to Dreamweaver = This is Adobe’s web design program.  We’ll go over the basics, such as working with the different screen types, adding images, text and links, and uploading the files to a live server so they can be seen online.

Hope you can join us!!

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