The Language Resource Center has developed a wide array of web-based language teaching tools. This section of the website is designed to demonstrate some of our projects. Many of these tools are designed with a user interface for teachers to be able to create and change web material without using HTML codes or programming languages.
If you have a question about these tools or would like to use them in your teaching, contact Dick Feldman, Director of the Language Resource Center, or Media Development Manager and Webmaster, Dan Gaibel.
Students can work at the programmed pace, listening and recording hands-off. They can also change the time allowed for recording ("pause length"), listen back to their recordings compared to the audio model, rerecord their responses, and finally submit their recordings to a server. Students can work at the LRC or use the CD on their own computer.
Teachers check students' work in a variety of ways. They can simply visually verify that work has been done, on time and completely; they can spot check student recordings (checking just a few difficult questions); or they can listen to every recording by every student. Teachers can then make text comments on student work and/or make an audio recording for students to listen to, commenting on their exercise submission. Students then log on to the web site to check their recordings and view/listen to teacher comments.
The program is now in use by ten language programs at Cornell, with several more in production.
Web Audio Lab was developed with funding from Cornell's Faculty Innovation in Teaching grant program. The client, a CD-based program, was written by Slava Paperno, head of the CU Russian Language Program. The web side was developed by staff at the Academic Technology Center. It is now developed and maintained by LRC staff.