Schoolshape Language Lab: The next generation of online language labs is here

Review posted Fri 10 Jan '14  ·  90 comments
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Learning a new language is never an easy thing - especially if it is the first attempt at a second language. But here is an educational language lab application the provides a great way for language students and teachers to get together online and practice their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Schoolshape lets teachers individually oversee each of their students' work and students of all levels can build and submit their portfolio of work simply and easily making this one of the better online language lab apps available. 
 
Schoolshape Language Lab is a user-friendly and comprehensive solution to the difficulty of online language learning that offers great benefits to both teachers and students. Teachers can view and control students' screens to supervise and coach while students can build a portfolio of work demonstrating improvement in their language skills over time.  Under the guidance of the teacher, students can communicate and collaborate to support each other’s learning and form small groups to practice their speaking skills with each other. Students can sign in with their Twitter or Facebook account and access the library of practice materials and simply hit the 'Submit' button to send completed work to their teacher for assessment. You can choose the level of service which best fits your students’ needs. The Audio Language Lab includes all the features you expect in a professional language lab, and the Video Lab adds video communication and additional hardware support to this. As an added service, they can also prepare a ‘Custom’ language lab for you, using your school’s colours and logo. 
 
There is little to choose between Schoolshape and traditional language labs except that this one gives you the convenience of it all being available on your browser with no installation or special hardware required. While it has everything you would expect from the best language labs, its best features are probably its simplicity of use and easy navigation. Schoolshape is one of those apps that appeals to students as well as tutors because of this simplicity. There are heaps of individual lessons designed for varying levels of ability and numerous user guides to help you if you do get stuck. You can be up and running in 5 minutes and pretty soon you'll be creating resources and setting tasks as well as organizing both staff and students.  Packed with excellent features, this language application - picked up by numerous prestigious language-teaching schools - looks to be a very worthy pick-up for both teachers and students.



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