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About the Language Laboratory

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The Boston College Language Laboratory, serving the University’s language departments, students of English as a foreign language, and the Boston College community at large, is located in Lyons 313. In addition to its 20 listening/recording stations and teacher console, the facility includes:

  • networked workstations (Mac OS X and Windows installations)
  • laser printers
  • a Web server
  • a materials development workstation
  • TV/video/DVD viewing rooms
  • individual carrels for TV/videocassette/DVD viewing
  • a CD listening station

The Lab’s media collection, computer/multimedia software, other audiovisual learning aids, and print materials including mono- and bilingual dictionaries, as well as language textbooks and activity manuals for elementary through advanced language courses, directly support and/or supplement the curriculum requirements in international language, literature, and music.

The Lab’s collection is designed to help users acquire and maintain aural comprehension, oral and written proficiency, and cultural awareness. Prominent among the Lab’s offerings that directly address these goals are international news broadcasts and other television programming, available through the Boston College cable television network and made accessible to lab users via EagleNET connections and/or via videotaped off-air recordings. These live or near-live broadcasts from around the world provide a timely resource for linguistic and cultural information in a wide variety of languages.

Students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and BC community members who wish to use the Language Laboratory facility and its resources will find the Laboratory staff available during the day, in the evening, and on weekends to help them operate equipment and select appropriate materials for their course-related or personal language needs. Digitized audio programs from the Lab’s collection are also available on the Boston College network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via the Blackboard Vista-authenticated course management tool to students officially enrolled in courses in which these programs have been adopted as curricular material.