Many great things are happening in the Language Learning Resource Center this fall. We have new services to offer, new equipment, and big changes planned for the department website.
The DFLC has recently started offering language tutoring services to all 100 and 200 level foreign language students through the LLRC. We currently have tutors from all language groups, including Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. These services are free to all students in LLRC fee-paying courses.
Another new service this semester is streaming media. The LLRC has over 600 foreign films that have been completely digitized, backed up, and are available for streaming to all classrooms (and the LLRC) in Thompson Hall. These films are available to all Foreign Language students, Faculty, and TA’s. Along with this service, instructors are also able to make “clips” of these films via an online application and have these clips available instantly.
The LLRC has been recently endowed with a generous gift from the department and the College of Arts and Sciences. We have five brand new PC laptops, three new Macbook Air laptops, and three Amazon Kindles. This is in addition to the six iPad Mini’s we were able to purchase last year. This new technology is available for all Faculty and TA’s to use within the classrooms. We certainly thank Dean Dewald, Dr. Hughes, and Dr. Wiest for their assistance with making these fantastic purchases and commitment to the technological needs of the LLRC and the Department.
Over the next year we will be making new changes to the department website. The current website is overdue for a design makeover and refresh of content. Additionally, there is need for an upgraded computer hardware server. We are taking this opportunity to separate a great deal of the Faculty, LLRC, and Administrative applications to a dedicated local server. The public facing department website will be updated and hosted through the University’s content management system and will take on the new WSU branding. We will be making this switch in phases, with the final switch taking place around June 1, 2015.