Cal State L.A. Participates in
Los Angeles, CA - California State University, Los Angeles was one of seven CSU campuses recently named by the CSU Office and Teleste Educational, Ltd. to begin providing a virtual interactive language laboratory for students to access on campus, at home, or at any location.
The first language curricula to be implemented will be French and Japanese. Cal State L.A. along with CSU Sacramento and CSU Dominguez Hills will offer French, while four other CSU campuses will offer Japanese-Chico, Monterey Bay, Long Beach, and San Diego.
Traditionally, foreign language learning resources have been available only in individual learning centers of CSU campuses through network technologies. The virtual language laboratory allows students to log into the learning resource databases at their campuses, and access and download a wide range of interactive learning materials developed by CSU and Teleste. In addition, the system enables students to communicate using Internet voice technologies both online and off-line with the instructors leading their classes at the language laboratories at the different campuses.
First announced in May, the Teleste and CSU project is a first-of-a-kind initiative. It was developed jointly by both institutions and will serve as a model for similar remote-learning solutions in other universities across the country.
The project will span a two-year period. During different phases of the implementation, Teleste will develop a multi-campus distributed-learning solution to stream video and audio language files, and associated programs. As part of the curriculum design and management process, CSU campuses will test and implement the software and learning materials. Tandberg Educational Inc., Teleste's American distributor and sales partner, will direct the implementation of the hardware and software technological infrastructure at the campuses.
For more information, see the home page of the CSU/Teleste Virtual Language Lab at