Foreign Language Labs at EFSC
The Language Lab has an inviting learning atmosphere with student centered stations
and 12 computers. The Melbourne campus offers five different languages: Spanish, French,
German, Japanese and ASL.
The Language Lab is open for all EFSC four credit language learners on campus and off campus, as well as online and independent study students. No appointment is necessary to use the lab.
Melbourne Language Lab Info: Click category for details
Basic Information & Orientations
Orientations: Given at the beginning of each semester, orientation sessions provide information to students about the lab and its functions. All four-credit hour foreign language courses require a minimum of sixteen hours of either online homework time or recorded attendance in the language lab. The deadline for this is set at the Orientation and students register to use the lab. A lab agreement form is required.
Lab Visit Tracking: All students must sign in on a specally created system so the lab can monitor attendance.
Language Tutoring: Language assistance and tutoring is provided by the Lab staff. The schedule is posted on the door and also sent to all language instructors on campus.
It's recommended that students in need of one-on-one tutoring schedule an appointment. Contact information is listed above.
Conversation Practice: Every semester the Lab offers student-led conversation sessions and cultural language presentations with interactive activities in the target language. The content of the presentations supplements the learning that goes on in the classrooms. The presentations serve as motivational tools and aid in retention with language learning. For more information see the Lab’s Facebook and the weekly event agenda.
Communications Make-Up Exam Location: The Language Lab is also used by the Melbourne Campus Communications Department for students in Business and Communications who need to take a make-up exam. Language instructors also use the lab for exams.
The lab’s vision and belief is that language learning is not a solitary experience.
Students with online components also utilize the lab for group studies, assistance,
and motivation for languages and cultures.
The Language Lab staff is carefully selected and all student workers are either bilingual or are enrolled in a language course. Everyone shares a passion for languages and cultures.
The lab’s aim is to provide a dynamic and productive learning atmosphere and to support language learning in all five languages that are offered on the Melbourne campus and
throughout EFSC. Cultural exchanges are welcomed and International students are invited to all cultural activities.
The Language Lab has a Facebook page under the name “International Friend Program.”
This page is regularly used to share events that take place at the lab. The International Friend Program was created in 2012 and its mission is to promote cultural exchanges.
Services for EFSC Students
- Guided assistance with homework and tutoring
- Proctoring of make-up exams in a variety of languages and subjects
- Individual or Group studies
- Scheduled conversation sessions in various languages as needed.
- Planned cultural events
- Computer use
- Independent studies: learning place to go to for help and meet up with students and instructors
- Technical assistance with online learning
- Extra credit material recommended by instructors
- Current resources such as movies and a variety of supplemental material
- Opportunity for EFSC foreign language students who have an interest in other cultures and languages to volunteer.