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New language laboratory for Edgewood Campus

18 Feb, 2016

Staff members from the Language and Arts cluster being trained by the IT Director from Digital Voice Processing, Mr Craig Dahl, on how to use the Study 1200 software.
Staff members from the Language and Arts cluster being trained by the IT Director from Digital Voice Processing, Mr Craig Dahl, on how to use the Study 1200 software.
 

A new language laboratory recently completed on the Edgewood campus will support learning of all languages offered by the College of Humanities to the University community.

The language laboratory is equipped with SANAKO 1200, a software-based teaching solution that combines the use of multimedia with a suite of essential classroom management tools.

Academics from the Language and Arts cluster on the Edgewood campus attended a training workshop, hosted by the IT Director from Digital Voice Processing, Mr Craig Dahl, on how to use the Study 1200 software and how to incorporate it into the classroom and the curriculum.

‘Study 1200 helps teachers deliver effective instruction in any subject area and it does not need additional hardware thus being easy to install and maintain. The software has various activities such as homework, screen control, model screen to students, web browser, white board and chat,’ said Dahl.

He believes this is a new concept that will accelerate language learning, making it easier for both staff and students to better grasp and understand the language they are being taught.

A participant in the workshop, Mr Eugène P. Marais, said: ‘I hope to effectively use this software with students and within my curriculum. I think this software is crucial for students as it is one way of building their vocabulary and their confidence in learning and speaking an additional language.’

This project began in January 2012 as part of the strategic initiatives for the College of Humanities’ Teaching and Learning Office. The project is also being supported by infrastructure and efficiency funding from the Department of Higher Education led by the College Dean for Teaching and Learning, Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa, and the Dean for the School of Applied Human Sciences, Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize

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Words and pictures by Melissa Mungroo

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