NTID's Self Instruction Lab (SIL) is designed for independent practice of American Sign Language and spoken language skills. In the SIL you can practice both expressive and receptive communication skills, whether it’s for a homework assignment or your own personal development. The lab offers a variety of video and audio resources to support communication skill development.
The Self Instruction Lab serves all RIT students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the greater Rochester community. Alumni are especially encouraged to make use of SIL resources for continuing practice and language development.
The SIL is closed on weekends and during RIT holidays and breaks
Policies and Procedures
You will need to swipe your RIT ID card to sign in at the SIL kiosk. The lab monitor on duty will be happy to explain how to sign in.
Improving and maintaining communication and language skills require ongoing practice. While many of the lab's resources are designed to supplement classroom instruction, they are also excellent resources for independent practice and study. The SIL online catalog provides descriptions of the extensive collection of video resources that we offer.
In the SIL you have access to 12 instructional carrels to support your communication skill development. Carrels are equipped with a computer, TV, and VCR; several have a DVD player.
After you sign in, give the lab monitor your RIT ID card, tell her/him the title of the resource you want to use, and he or she will get it for you. When you return the resource to the lab monitor, we will give your card back. If you bring your own video to watch on SIL equipment, you do not need to give us your ID card. Since SIL resources must be used in the lab, you may also be interested in the video collection at RIT's Wallace Memorial Library, many of which may be borrowed. Scroll down the Infoguides page to the listings for Visual Materials.
Your professors may place video materials on reserve for use in conjunction with their courses. Reserve materials are not included in the SIL online catalog. Please be sure you have the complete title of the video you are requesting; reserve materials are not cataloged by number.
You can record videos in both the SIL and in our two private Video Production rooms. If you wish to practice or record ASL-to-English interpreting, you must reserve time in one of the private rooms. This helps us keep the SIL a quiet, focused learning environment.
SIL Video Recording
SIL Carrels 1 and 5 have a flex cam available for recording video. Carrels may be reserved in advance to ensure they are available when you need them.
Video Production Rooms
The SIL offers two private video production rooms with state-of-the-art digital workstations for making full-screen or split-screen video and/or audio recordings. Because the rooms are popular, we strongly recommend that you visit the SIL to place an advance room reservation.
You should do your practicing before you arrive; time in the Video Production room is for recording only. You may wish to bring a blank DVD or a USB flash drive with you to save your digital recordings. Be sure to write your name on the flash drive using a permanent marker so it can be returned if you lose it. When you arrive at the SIL, sign in at the kiosk and tell the lab monitor that you have a video production room reserved. S/he will let you in the room.
Since the Video Production rooms are heavily used, you will want to reserve a time in advance to make your recording. You can reserve a room at the SIL kiosk. If a Video Production room is not available when you need one, you can also record yourself using the workstation in SIL Carrel 1 or a Flex Cam. Carrels may also be reserved—ask the lab monitor for help.
The SIL is located in Room 3205 on the third floor of the Lyndon Baines Johnson building at RIT. Need help finding the building? See the campus maps.
Upon request, we will provide an orientation to the lab for individuals or groups. For more information about NTID's Self-Instruction Lab, contact the Lab Coordinator at 585-475-7682 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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