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World Languages Lab
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"He who knows two languages is worth double."
"El que sabe dos idiomas vale por dos."
"L'homme qui parle deux langues vaut deux hommes."

The goal of the World Languages Lab at El Centro College is to provide the opportunity for our students to accelerate language acquisition through the use of computer resources. By using modern computer programs, students are enabled to see, hear, speak, and write in the new language. They are exposed to the sounds, grammar, and sentence structure of the language, as well as knowledge of the culture that uses the language. During the time they are in the language lab they "swim in the waters" of the new language and thus grow in their communication skills.

Who Can Use the Lab?

All students registered to study a language, both Credit and Continuing Education students, are encouraged to use the lab. Current languages being offered at El Centro College are English, Spanish, and French.

Available Programs

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Join us in World Languages Lab (R308).
Get extra credit from your ESOL instructors!

  • Meet other English learners & make friends!
  • Practice your English with a native teacher.
  • Some teachers even give extra credit! (per approval)
All ECC English Learners are encouraged to join.
Monday: 12:30 - 1:30 and  2:00 - 3:00
Tuesday: 11:15 - 12:15
Wednesday: 12:30 - 1:30 and 2:00 - 3:00

Led by: Hai Nguyen and Jeff Gregory
Ask about it in the World Languages Lab, R308
The World Languages Lab provides all our students the use of state-of-the-art computer equipment and software. The following special software programs are available for student use:


AZAR Interactive: English Grammar Interactive
This program begins with an engaging cartoon character who clearly explains the major grammatical concept of the respective chapters. An extensive series of exercises follows which gives the student substantial practice in using each grammatical point. Four short tests conclude each chapter.

Criterion: On-line Writing
Students in the upper three levels of ESOL writing classes use this online program to write short essays which are graded by the computer within ten seconds after submitting it. Immediate feedback is provided which evaluates the grammar, mechanics, style, organization, etc., of the essays. Students use this information to revise their essays and re-submit.

Townsend Press: On-line Grammar and moreā€¦
Students taking reading/writing courses use this on-line program to do exercises and strengthen their ability in essential reading skills such as using context clues to help determine the meaning of unfamiliar words, recognizing the main idea of a passage as well as its support details, and recognizing patterns of organization, inferences, and an author purpose and tone.

Spanish and French

Students use QuiaBooks, an online learning tool which has workbook assignments and a lab manual to supplement in-class instructions. Audio and video components are part of this interactive computer generated learning environment. Students create account at http://books.quia.com/books/ for access into the virtual workstation. (Visit the website and sign-up for a free 30-days trial.)

Language Lab Requirement Students taking Credit ESOL courses must complete for each course approximately 16 hours of lab assignments using computer programs. All of these online programs can be accessed from any internet connected computer. Likewise, Credit Spanish and French students should spend at least 110 minutes per week practicing their target language using similar online programs.

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