Language Lab loaded with resources

Monnel Cruz, 19, electrical engineering, and Andrew Garig-Meyer, 19, film, concentrate on language (Oliver Yu)

Rebecca Burgess

Sprechen sie duetsch? Parli italiano? Habla espanol?

Acquire language skills in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish, American Sign Language, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) before transfer, and save money and time at the universities.

A co-requisite with all language courses, the Language Lab is essential for fine-tuning skills in grammar, spelling, composition, and pronunciation.

Each student is required to spend a minimum of 16 hours per semester in the lab. 

Optional conversational practice can be arranged by enrolling in Tutoring 300.

The lab serves double-duty as a repository of language books, holding copies of all materials used in the language classes.

“Students can borrow books and make copies if they can’t afford to buy any,” said  Steve Nguyen, language laboratory technician.

Advanced students can partake of the lab’s collection of foreign language films.  With thousands of titles to choose from, students never lack for cultural exploration.

For those that desire to begin their course of study at a higher level, the lab offers placement exams, free-of-charge, on a drop-in basis.

Lab sections of Italian, German, and Spanish are also available as on-line courses. 

Instructors and lab technicians hope to offer more internet-based language courses in the near future. 

The Language Lab is located in Classroom Cluster CC-4. Students may attend the lab at anytime between the hours of 8am – 8pm Monday through Thursday, or on Friday 8am – 4pm.

For more information visit www.saddleback.edu/ap/la/rl.

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