The Spoken Language Learning and Practice Lab (SLLPL) was constructed in 2000 to provide a state-of-the-art facility to support students' attainment of communication competence, particularly in receptive and expressive spoken English. The lab is part of a cluster of labs, the Integrated Communication Labs, that support communication development for students, faculty, and staff using English in its spoken, written, and signed forms and American Sign Language.
The SLLPL is equipped with computers and audio-video recording and playback devices that permit the use of visual and auditory input and feedback for instructional purposes. For example, computer programs are used to measure parameters of speech and to provide visual representations of a spoken signal to aid in the identification of correct vs. incorrect productions.
Other programs facilitate the development of listening skills and the improvement of pronunciation. Split-screen video recording technology is used to enable students to record and analyze conversational interactions, including practice job interviews.