Listening to CDs Tapes or Audio MP3s in the Lab:
There are various options to listen to audio language lessons which accompany most language textbooks and workbooks. Students can listen to MP3 files from a menu on each computer in the lab by clicking the icon "WLC Audio and Video Lessons". Choose the title of the book and the lesson. The software installed in each operating system will play the file. Use the slider bar to rewind and fast forward and play and pause to control playback. When finished, please put back the headphones on the hooks on the left of each carrel.
Students can record their voices using the headsets attached to the computers and the following software: CAN-8 and Audacity sound editor. Two Portable CD/Cassette players are also available. Various programs installed on the computers can play audio files and streams from the Internet, including QuckTime, iTunes, RealPlayer, VLC Media Player and Windows Media Player. CAN-8 will allow listening while recording exercises to compare speech to a prerecorded model.
Audio Duplication Service - Hits to Hear at Home:
Students can get their own copies of audio language lessons to use outside of the lab. Bring a new, blank CD-R disk or a blank new 90 minute cassette for each lesson if you wish to use a tape recorder or CD player. CD Audio disks usually can hold one or two chapters of material depending on the course. If you wish to listen on a computer or other digital device, lessons for the entire book usually can be put on a single 700MB CD-R. We can copy a cassette or CD for you in about five minutes. A USB flash drive can also be used by insterting it into the sound box where the headphones are plugged and copying the files.
Lab assistants can make the disks or help you with the burning and copying process if you need to save your own voice recordings or project files on CDs or flash drives.