Multimedia Language Lab: Technology in English Language Learning | Original Article
With rapid Globalization, the augmented importance of English cannot be denied and ignored since English is the most common language spoken everywhere. With the help of developing technology, English has been playing a major role in many sectors including medicine, engineering, and education, which, in my opinion, is the most important arena where English is needed. If we look into, what language is, language is a medium of communication. Communication implies carrying of message or receiving of message. Students from various cultures feel hard to learn English and its proficiency. The thirst of English language learning needs some solution. Scientific advancements have produced a number of innovative products to assist the learning process. The language lab is a technological break for imparting skills in English. The language lab offers an exclusive result oriented and efficient tool to enrich the English language learning process. The language lab plays a vital role to learn the foreign language in a congenial environment and in a successful way. Both the teacher and the students’ inputs are very imperative in this kind of learning activity. Innovative products such as digital multimedia control, wireless headsets and microphones, the interactive response pad, etc. are very useful for students learning languages for communication. These interactive tools are designed to enhance not only language teaching but also class room grading and distance learning. The learner can get the experience of having interaction with native speakers through the laboratory. Hence, the language laboratory has become the need of the hour in any language learning process for communication. Language learning is not the same as learning any other subject. It is not restrained to writing an examination and getting a degree or award. Good communication skills are essential for any skilled professional. If one wants to achieve reaching out to group or peoples, he or she has to master their language. The English language, in certainty, has become vital in the lives of young aspirants to progress their careers and professional life. English language learning has therefore become a necessity for any Indian student today. Communication means one’s ability to listen charily so as to infer the meaning and to respond with suitable words and clarity of pronunciation. It has become inevitable in today’s context but, at the same time, it poses certain challenges. This article attempts to emphasize the significance of the language laboratory and its challenges imposed on the learner and the teacher.