Language Resource Center
|2018 Modern Languages Building
812 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Dr. Monika Dressler, Director
|Phone: (734) 764-0424
MLB Main Center
in the Residential College
- Thursday ||
8:30 am -
pm - |
8:30 am -
12:30 pm -
- Friday ||
8:30 am -
|Fax: (734) 764-3521
Mission Statement. The mission of the Language Resource
Center is to serve, support and promote the study and instruction
of foreign languages, cultures, and literatures at all levels
within the University of Michigan community. To fulfill
this mission, the Language Resource Center provides leadership
and excellence in the application, creation, and dissemination
of innovations with respect to information, technology, media,
and materials for all University individuals who utilize foreign
languages in their studies, teaching, or research. In addition
to supplying diverse resources and services to the University
community, the LRC is dedicated to strengthening foreign language
instruction at the University of Michigan by informing faculty
and GSI's of theoretical and practical developments in the following
fields: language pedagogy, teaching methods, educational research,
language acquisition, instructional technology, evaluation and
Services and Facilities. The Language Resource Center
is located on the second floor of the Modern Languages Building,
which stands on the corner of East Washington and Thayer, next
to the Burton Memorial Bell Tower. The Language Resource Center
has a diverse collection of unique resources and facilities.
The Center and its resources are available to anyone within the
University of Michigan community either free of charge or at
a low fee depending on the user's affiliation, and on the type
of services requested.
The LRC is anchored by a 35 station open computing lab available
to both faculty and students. There are audio listening/recording
stations, video stations, textbooks and dictionaries, a free-reading
text library, audio tapes, video tapes, software, realia, and
copy machines. Space is available for students to work individually,
in small groups or with their classes.
Additional resources for faculty include equipment reservation
and loan services, two 25 station computer classrooms for group
use, video and audio collections with over 4000 items, a pedagogical
resource text library, multimedia development stations, and space
for office hours or tutorials. The Center also provides
satellite services, video duplication and standards conversion,
audio and video production, workshops, foreign language instructional
technology development, and curricular consultation.
Computing Stations. The LRC workstations contain a
wide variety of software including both class specific and general
use applications. Both Macintosh and Windows machines are available.
The LRC supports multilingual fonts including Arabic, Hebrew,
Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Cyrillic, Hindi, and Urdu for word
processing and e-mail applications. This is the only computing
site on the UM campus that does support non-roman fonts.
A picture ID is required to check out an LRC computer (excluding
email express stations). Computing assistants are available to
answer questions in the Center.
The LRC also maintains two computer classrooms (one Mac, one
Windows NT) that can accommodate classes up to 25 students. Reservations
are required to use these facilities.
Audio and Video Collections. The Language Resource
Center video collection contains over two thousand titles. When
combined with the language, literature and cultural programs
of the Film
and Video Library, language faculty have a rich resource
available for use in instruction and research. The Language Resource
Center audio collection contains a diverse body of material in
more than 50 languages. The collection consists of music, literature,
exercises, cultural materials, and dialogues. There are also
audio exercises corresponding to textbook courses, supplementary
materials and self-study materials. The LRC audio catalog lists,
by language, all audio materials available, as well as denotes
which are available for duplication.
There are two options for access to audio materials:
1. The audio equipment in the LRC allows students to listen
to tapes, as well as record their own voices on a second track
for comparison. Students must check out audiotapes and headphones
from the distribution center with valid U of M ID cards, returning
the materials when finished.
2. Students may request that copies of individual tapes be
made for use at home. Students must purchase or provide
the necessary blank cassettes. Not all materials are available
for duplication and are denoted throughout the catalog. If duplication
is allowed, the requested tape will be processed within twenty-four
hours. Duplication rights are dependent on permission from
the publishers. The LRC allows duplication of only one cassette
tape per day.
The LRC has a series of video stations located in the center
that can be used individually or in groups of up to 4 to view
video material required for class. Instructors can place video
materials on IVA (individual viewing access) with the reservations
desk. These materials are then made available to students on
a first come first serve basis. Video materials are not allowed
to be checked out of the Center.
Course Reserves. Faculty can put their course materials
on reserve at the LRC for students to access. This helpful service
gives students access to limited materials such as texts, answer
keys, video and audio material.
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