Self-Evaluation through Language Lab Software

Self-assessed learning is one of the prime benefits of communication training one gets from digital language lab software. Teachers during the course of language teaching can use this innovative solution to train students giving them freedom to evaluate their own performance and learn from it.

Language lab enables the teacher to assign different topics to students for practice at the same time. Teacher can give preparation time for students before they get the opportunity to talk about the topic. The main feature of language lab is that the teacher can evaluate students’ talk following the completion of task. Besides, students also can check their recorded version with the original talk and can analyse their mistakes for correction. Self-assessment feature is most helpful while the student practise pronunciation of words and sentences. The learner plays a more active role here and they get autonomy over learning.

In addition to teacher’s evaluation of the listener on how well they perform both verbally and non-verbally, students can also analyse their performance level and improve accordingly. There occurs a shift in the responsibility from the teacher to the learner on self-assessment. The self-practice option helps the learner to practise listening so that they can understand exactly what the native-speaker speaks. The teacher can also give freedom to learners to choose lessons they want to listen to or practise reading. While the student gets chances to listen, speak, read and write at their own pace and convenience, they enjoy learning and love practising language.

By giving them more chances to learn, students get into the habit of language learning and thus they can enjoy the learning process and develop more intrinsic language knowledge. The basic idea, however behind the digital language lab is to encourage learners to listen to, or watch, read, speak, and write something on a regular basis and to enjoy it.