Contemporary language laboratories Sanako Lab 100 and Sanako Lab 1200 are the pride of the Dialogos’s multimedia department. Namely, they are fully digitalized language laboratories of the Finnish manufacturer SANAKO, whose products are used by the greatest scientific-educational institutions (UCLA, Oxford, University of Sweden).
Sanako Lab 100 is an extremely functional system, which allows teachers to use tools, whose purpose is optimal application of their working experience, while at the same time it creates a stimulating environment for learning.
This system requires only one computer which is operated by the teacher, while the students use quality and solid audio panels (UAP) and headphones with integrated microphones.
SANAKO Lab 1200 is a unique software solution capable of transforming computer classroom into an interactive-multimedia environment. The whole system is based on computers which enable the teacher to incorporate different digitalized materials (texts, images, video and audio materials) into teaching process.
SANAKO language laboratories offer the following activities programmed in advance:
- Listening comprehension
- Model imitation
- Reading practice
- Phone conversation
- Pair discussion
- Group discussion
- Simultaneous translation
- Consecutive translation
- Recorded response
- AP® exam
- Library activity
The advantages of SANAKO language labs are:
- Learning is adjusted to individual abilities of students who can, based on their desire and speed, polish and improve specific language areas.
- Teachers have at their disposal a variety of functions that these digital systems offer, while students have the pleasure of using modern tools for learning foreign languages, talking to each other on headphones and microphones, recording their own conversations…
- The efficiency of learning is increased and students have the opportunity to memorize the bulk of studied material.
- Valuable use of time, since every student can work and test their own abilities alongside with the other students, i.e. they do not have to wait for their turn.
- Repetition of language exercises (the system allows repetition of exercises as many times as necessary).
- Students themselves pronounce original parts of a foreign language, and do not manipulate, as they used to, a processed language
- The target language is acquired in a more natural way than in traditional way of teaching (authentic materials are used: book and film reviews, weather forecast, magazine and newspaper articles and similar).
- Improved communication.
- Time and space independence.
- Digitalized materials (mp3 and wav. format) created in class, and emailing of these materials to students who want to learn at home.