About the Language Learning Center
Survey on planned changes in Lab Build
August 2011. Dr. Shoaf attended the meetings of the LLC and SPS departments and distributed a survey on planned lab use, looking forward to the implementation in Spring 2012 of Windows 7 (requiring upgrades to some software). Also relevant is the possibility of using a Virtual Machine build, which CLASnet is experimenting with. This reduces the need for new and more powerful computers, but it also reduces the usefulness of the computers as media players: audio CDs, DVDs, and CD-ROMS will no longer work.
If you were not present at the meetings but would like to fill out the survey, click here for a Word version. It can be turned in at the lab or at either the LLC or SPS department offices.
March 3 (the third day of the third month) is Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival, in Japan. It coincides with Momo no Sekku, the Peach Festival. In 1317 Turlington, through March 4, the display of dolls is up. Fifteen dolls represent a court of the Heian period, a thousand years ago, and their games, eating and drinking utensils, and modes of transportation are all reproduced in minature, along with furniture devoted to such pursuits as smoking, makeup, and writing.
The foreign-language satellite channel lineup has changed radically as of November 2010. The lab no longer has funds to support so many channels.
The Language Learning Center now collects a course fee. This fee is assessed on most undergraduate courses in the departments. of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (excluding courses on materials in translation). Its purpose is to allow us to maintain the services we offer, especially computer classrooms for language instruction. Applying the fee to so many course keeps it low (currenly $.93/credit hour) and also gives all language instructors the flexibility of deciding tomeet in the labs or to assign lab use to their students.
- Because of the lab fee, students not enrolled in courses in the two departments, or enrolled only in courses taught in translation, will not be able to log into the computers. Individuals who wish to use the computers for self-study will need to discuss the situation with the lab director.
- Instructors who would like to have their classes included in the assessment (so that they can use the computer lab) should contact the lab director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Instructors who use the lab and have auditors should be alert, as auditors may not be able to log in. We can rectify this quickly.