Language Labs Renovation


With the assistance of a $100,000 Gladys Brooks Foundation grant, St. Lawrence has completed renovations on two language learning laboratories in Carnegie Hall. These labs will update the antiquated cubicle and individual station approach to a space that fosters more contemporary group and collaborative learning techniques as well as enhances St. Lawrence’s connection to the global community through state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment. The lab technologies will enable the teaching of blended courses offered as part of the New York Six (newyork6.org) liberal arts consortium’s Language Learning Initiative, a project supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

“Today, learning a language is more about group work, where students speak directly with one another rather than into a microphone,” according to Gisele El Khoury, director of St. Lawrence’s Language Resource Center. “This will be a much more user friendly configuration that will allow Modern Languages to use space for both teaching and holding language labs.”

This is the first time the Gladys Brooks Foundation has funded a St. Lawrence University project.

Professor of Modern Languages Roy Caldwell works with the students in the new language labs.
Language Lab circa 1965