The San Diego Mesa College Language Center challenges students to embrace a global perspective, offering them an interactive, out-of-class language experience that promotes communicative competence while celebrating cultural diversity. The Language Center complements individual and group study, fostering community and collaborative learning among faculty, staff, and students.
Rationale for a Language Center: Offers a centralized language learning space that brings students together in the virtual and physical realms. Creating a Language Center achieves Departmental and Institutional Learning Outcomes of “Global Awareness,” “Communication,” and “Technological Awareness.
- Serves as a portal for a living language experience in and out of the classroom
- Provides student-centered opportunities for language learning
- Promotes and enables innovation and best practices
- Promotes Cultural Awareness and Global Competency, by encouraging Study Abroad opportunities
- Provides new resources and expertise for the support of language programs
- Supports technology–mediated language acquisition
- Provides faculty training for the integration of technology in language teaching
- Tutorial services
- Assessment tools for students and language professors
- Space for faculty development
- Six State of the art classrooms at the heart of the center
- Language clubs meeting point
- Conversation exchanges with international students
- Tertulias (organized group discussions using the target language)
- Electronic bulletin board (TV screen) with language related information
- Media viewing equipment for students
As the most essential technological component of a comprehensive Language Center, it provides the following critical elements which a computer-equipped classroom does not:
- Provides students and teachers with hands-on experience with technology-mediated language learning materials.
- Allows for real time oral communication between all connected stations.
- Provides fast and efficient methods of collecting audio and written samples, facilitating the measurement of student learning outcomes.
- Facilitates “comprehensible input”, a necessary ingredient in second language learning.