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IU Northwest to inaugurate Languages, Cultures and Listening Lab, WIUN radio station with April 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony

New lab designed to create connections for students between languages and cultures; Web-streaming radio station serves as the Voice of IU Northwest

On Friday, April 4, the Indiana University Northwest College of Arts and Sciences will inaugurate two essential technological components of its curriculum with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour. First, at 1 p.m., university officials will showcase the new Languages, Cultures and Listening Lab at the Department of Modern Languages. Then, at 1:30 p.m., they will showcase the WIUN Web-streaming radio station, which serves as the Voice of IU Northwest. A 2 p.m. reception will follow both ceremonies and tours.

The language lab is located in Hawthorn Hall 464. WIUN is located in Tamarack Hall Rooms F09 and F07. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this significant COAS event.

The Languages, Cultures and Listening Lab is the latest example of IU Northwest’s commitment to cultural discovery and learning. This state-of-the-art computer and multimedia facility offers an exciting array of teaching and learning tools that create connections between languages and cultures and learning and living. In this beautifully decorated learning space, students are able to comfortably view the teacher and interact and share information with one another, without the significant physical barriers often found in traditional labs.

Used primarily as a classroom, the language lab allows instructors to integrate lab elements into their teaching by selectively employing lab software tools, audio-visual materials, teleconferencing, headphone/microphones, Web sites, word processing, etc., to enhance learning. With its unique hybrid design, the lab/classroom promotes dynamic teaching approaches, active and collaborative student learning, and extensive incorporation of real-life aspects from around the globe in everyday classroom activities.

IU Northwest is pleased to introduce this latest indispensable tool for the cultural education of its students. As a Northwest Indiana university with significant international ties and several overseas programs, the learning of other languages and cultures has become increasingly essential for students who wish to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them here. The Languages, Cultures and Listening Lab will help bring them closer than ever to these vital world cultures.

While the new language lab puts students more in touch with the world abroad, WIUN helps keep them informed about the campus community at home. The university’s first Web-streaming radio station, WIUN is managed by the IU Northwest Department of Communication and supervised by Assistant Professor of Communication Taylor Lake, Ph.D. The station’s mission is to provide students with educational experience in audio production and the Web-streaming format, and to serve as an important source of information and entertainment for the campus and surrounding community.

WIUN broadcasts from Tamarack Hall and offers a variety of programs, including music, talk, news, drama, and educational programming. The radio station solicits programming ideas and contributions from campus students, faculty and staff. Volunteer positions are always available for interested students who would like to participate in the production of WIUN shows.

IU Northwest is excited to introduce these two valuable resources to the campus and to the Northwest Indiana community on April 4.

For more information about WIUN, contact Taylor Lake at (219) 980-6538, or email the station at wiun@iun.edu. For more information on the Languages, Cultures and Listening Lab, contact the IU Northwest Department of Modern Languages at (219) 980-6714.

  
Published:

03-25-2008

Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid
OMC
219-980-6802
ccsheid@iun.edu

Michelle Searer
OMC
219-980-6686
msearer@iun.edu

Photo by Christopher Sheid/IU Northwest Office of Marketing and Communications
A student volunteer at WIUN, IU Northwest's Web-streaming radio station, prepares to go on the air in the Tamarack studio.
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