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Evolving Trends in Digital Language Lab

Since the introduction of computers in language teaching domains, language labs have been a vital resource for teachers, especially ESL teachers. Nowadays, educational institutions shift from traditional classrooms to multi-media classes which use language labs comprehensively. After a series of findings and researches, institutions now recommend to modernize the language labs with cutting-edge software to optimise the communication skills and language proficiency of students. A well-resourced language lab with new trends and technology is indispensible for students to get comforting and motivating learning atmosphere.

The exponential growth in the use of language teaching-learning technology in the past decades paved way for the integrated use of the language lab and multimedia assisted tools in education. Academicians have been focusing on the advantages of the emerging technologies and teachers as well as the institutes adapt to the technology aided teaching process to create a friendly and motivating classroom atmosphere. For facilitating a better English classroom atmosphere setting, digital language labs are widely used for non-native speakers so that they can feel the targeted language atmosphere.

Language lab is now a common platform for all teaching strategies and it has been welcomed by many educational institutions realizing it as an effective aid for enhancing communication skills adding fun and enthusiasm in learning. With the emergence of Smart English Digital Language lab, students can access to multimedia contents which add more interest and life to the learning. The smart platform of digital language lab with specifically designed communicative tasks helps to improve real-time interaction with oral and written communication. Besides, digital language laboratory is very helpful for practicing and as evaluating one’s speech, assessing the four essential communication skills (LSRW) and learning at one’s own pace even without teachers. At the same time, it motivates the students, reduces their fear and makes them feel comfortable.

It seems that even the students think language labs as beneficial for their language studies. Students’ increasing interest shows that labs should be extensively used for language learning instead of traditional classroom with chalk and talk setting. Students appear to follow cutting-edge technological tools and want to see them in the classroom environment. In practice, each class room should turn itself into multimedia language labs with latest software.

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