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From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of Language Learning Center Design

Felix Kronenberg

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language centres, design
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  • 1 Kronenberg, F. (ed.). (2017). From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, a (...)

Language Centers in the United States have been reacting to disruptive changes for decades. What started out as technology-enabled listening and recording facilities with a clearly defined mission–the language laboratories–have evolved into a set of multi-purpose support, teaching, research, social, and hybrid spaces. In his keynote address, Dr. Kronenberg presents this adaptation process, its outcomes, and the current state of language centers and language center design in the US. He discusses how language centers are becoming curated language learning spaces, community of practice hubs, and catalysts of innovation. Many language centers in the US are moving away from massive technology installations to more flexible, more adaptable, more diverse spaces. Technology is not necessarily their only focus anymore, but rather one (albeit often very important) aspect. Based on language center surveys, an edited volume on the past, present, and future of the language center1, numerous workshops, and recent designs and redesigns, Dr. Kronenberg discusses how language centers will need to be designed, reinvented, and organized in the United States to adapt to ever faster cycles of disruptive technological, institutional, and pedagogical changes.

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1 Kronenberg, F. (ed.). (2017). From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of the Language Center. International Association for Language Learning Technology.

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Felix Kronenberg, « From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of Language Learning Center Design », Alsic [En ligne], Vol. 20, n° 3 | 2017, mis en ligne le 20 décembre 2017, Consulté le 14 octobre 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/alsic/3172

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Felix Kronenberg

Dr. Felix Kronenberg is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of the Language Learning Center at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN (USA).
His research and professional interests include physical, virtual, and hybrid learning spaces: classroom and informal learning space design, language center design, digital storytelling, computer simulations/games and L2 acquisition, and blended learning.
Dr. Kronenberg has served as the president of the South West Association for Language Learning Technology, has been a fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, and has been a learning spaces and language center design consultant for various colleges and universities. He is currently the President-Elect of the International Association for Language Learning Technology and an advisory board member of the "Learning Spaces Collaboratory."
Affiliation:
Rhodes College, Memphis
Email: kronenbergf@rhodes.edu
Toile: http://felixkronenberg.com/
Address: Rhodes College, Palmer Hall, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112, USA.

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