Students enrolled at Prof Rajendra Singh University (Rajju Bhaiya) or PRSU-Prayagraj – most of whom hail from the rural belt of Prayagraj region and neighboring districts – will now be able to learn spoken English as well as foreign languages such as German, French and Mandarin using state-of-the-art tools, thanks to a modern language laboratory which would start operating on the university campus from the new academic session.
For this, the administration of the university has already initiated the process of acquiring the software necessary to support the equipment.
“The language laboratory would become operational from the new academic session. Students will be able to learn different regional languages of the country and popular languages of the world through audiovisual support. We hope this will make our students more employable according to industry needs,” said Professor Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor of PRSU.
The language lab will be a useful tool for students to practice and assess their speech in any language. It will provide a facility that will allow students to listen to the model’s pronunciation, rehearse and record it, listen to their performance and compare it with the model, and even do a self-assessment. -he adds.
University officials said the language lab would give students confidence in which language they consider foreign. The content provided with the digital language lab will be rich in multimedia with proven language methodologies, including computer-based training and instructor-led training. It will also include an array of rich study material that is made available to students for practice. With the experience of an instructor, a digital language lab will succeed in delivering result-oriented language training, they asserted.
The language lab will also allow students to learn at their own pace. With more privacy, students will feel confident to fill in their gaps and work on improving their language skills. Teachers will be able to distribute their attention equally among students. They will also be able to assess the growth pattern of students and take a call to improve those who are being left behind.
The Prayagraj-based university, formerly known as Allahabad State University, is one of the newest state universities in Uttar Pradesh established in 2016. The university has a total of 651 colleges affiliated to it, including 338 colleges in Prayagraj, 75 in Kaushambi, 75 in Fatehpur and 163 in Pratapgarh district. There are a total of 4.18 lakh students enrolled in colleges and university.