Digital Language Lab

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Mission Statement

The Digital Language Lab’s mission is to provide resources, facilities, and support for language instruction and learning to the entire Stanford community. State-of-the-art teaching spaces, enterprise level software resources, and expert support personnel combine to make the Stanford Digital Language Lab a dynamic and highly efficient teaching and learning facility. The Digital Language Lab is the multilingual computing and assessment hub at Stanford, offering reliable audio and video recording capability, foreign language digital media content, and software images to support computing in multiple foreign character sets. The lab also hopes to serve as physical and virtual cross-cultural encounter environment. The lab supports a variety of large scale online assessments in CourseWork, including Oral Diagnostic Assessments (ODAs), EFS placement reading tests, and 600+ Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews (SOPIs) every Spring Quarter.


The Stanford Digital Language Lab opened in April 1999 as a joint venture between the Stanford Libraries, Academic Computing and the Stanford Language Center. A generous donation from the President’s Fund covered much of the cost of this sizable renovation. The design of the Lab reflects a dramatic shift away from conventional modes of delivering foreign language instruction toward the Stanford Language Center’s ambitious program of large-scale, proficiency-based instruction grounded in program-wide, online assessment and access to enhanced learning spaces.


The Digital Language Lab manages the following facilities.

191 Drop-in Computer Cluster area
    25 OSX/Win7 dualboot iMacs with headsets and microphones
    2 wall-mounted projectors (instructor only use)
    Whiteboard walls
198 DLL Computer Classroom (previously Meyer 280C)

  •     1 instructor’s station, ceiling projector, multi-region DVD/VHS player
  •     2 wall-mounted projectors and screen boards
  •     Walls with whiteboard paint
  •     19 folding tables, 3 bi-folding tables with 19 chairs

197 DLL Classroom (previously Meyer 280D)

  •     2 instructor's computer, ceiling projector, multi-region DVD player
  •     2 wall-mounted projectors and screen boards
  •     Walls with whiteboard paint
  •     10 movable tables with 19 chairs

191 DLL Studio (previously Meyer 280E)

  •     2 instructors' stations
  •     2 wall-mounted projectors and screen boards,
  •     Walls with whiteboard paint
  •     10 movable tables with 19 chairs

195 and 196 "Touchdown" Instructor Meeting Spaces

  •     Instructor Use Only
  •     Flat TV panel
  •     1 table with 3 chairs
  •     Whiteboard walls


The Language Lab supports, trains, and consults with students and instructors.

Core Service

  •     Placement and assessment [ODA, WDA, WPA, SOPI, EFS]
  •     Multilingual computing
  •     Training students and instructors in lab equipments and facilities
  •     Consulting with Coursework user experience and developers
  •     Lab orientation and equipment documentation

Student Services

  •     Tutorials
  •     Online resources
  •     Textbook materials

Instructor Services

  •     Technology-enhanced classroom spaces and resources
  •     Technology-integrated classroom teaching activities, projects, ideas
  •     Academic events and consulting