Why Choose LangLab PASSPORT?

It's pedagogically superior and produces measurably better results

  • Students learn languages better and faster. LangLab PASSPORT maximizes exposure to authentic native speech and culture, while eliminating effort in locating lesson materials and time lost in switching from one kind of instructional resource and device to another.
  • LangLab PASSPORT increases instructional time by making distance learning possible.
  • LangLab PASSPORT supports integrated training in all language skills, facilitating activities that combine skills in mutually-reinforcing forms of instruction.
  • LangLab PASSPORT increases student interactivity with multimedia materials, creating the active engagement needed to develop fluency in a language.
  • LangLab PASSPORT makes it easy to organize lessons in ways that help students progress step-by-step through new material and gradually increasing difficulty—from completely structured responses to the more free-form interactions that reflect how a language is really used.
  • LangLab PASSPORT's flexibility makes it easy to create lessons for different learning styles.
  • Students use their time more productively. They can work individually, practicing what they need to practice (but LangLab PASSPORT also gives them the opportunity for pair or group conversation to practice skills in a social context).
  • Teachers use their time more productively. Unlike systems in which teachers have to act as human file-servers, finding and dispatching files to students, LangLab PASSPORT lets teachers organize everything in advance, so that students have materials available to them and the teacher can concentrate on listening and helping.
  • Teachers guide students individually. LangLab PASSPORT lets teachers see who needs help and provide it in a way that optimizes use of the instructor's time.
Read a white paper that explains why using LangLab PASSPORT is a better way of teaching. (A version of this article appeared in Language Magazine.)

It's a complete package

LangLab PASSPORT does more than listen-and-record. It provides

  • structured access to a wealth of multimedia materials on the Web and in file form. LangLab PASSPORT lets you present instructional resources in easily assimilable units that elicit a desired type of oral or written response from students, for both diagnosis and timed testing or practice and mastery.
  • real-time monitoring and communication with students - Mere digital recorders and file-exchange systems don't have this capability, nor do CD-ROM materials for individual autonomous learning without teacher evaluation and guidance.
  • tools for pair and group conversation, with the ability to use textual and audiovisual materials as a stimulus for discussion, and easy recording of conversations for review by students and teachers afterward. These tools provide not only a means for practicing aural/oral skills in a social context but also a vehicle for collaborative testing as an alternative to individual testing.
  • authoring (lesson creation) that expands pedagogy - Even expensive classroom-control systems usually lack LangLab PASSPORT's tools for creating lessons. LangLab PASSPORT lets you import and edit existing audio materials or record new clips; link images to activities; link virtually any instructional resource that is a Web site or accessible file to a lesson item, as background for the response requested in the item; and incorporate textual materials, written questions, and answer boxes for testing of aural discrimination, comprehension, and writing skills.
  • asynchronous feedback - Digital recorders, file-exchange systems, and classroom-control systems cannot match LangLab PASSPORT's easy way for teachers to review students' recordings and written work and insert comments at any point.
  • support for both self-paced work and teacher-controlled synchronous work - LangLab PASSPORT makes it a snap to use whichever mode suits lesson availability and the requirements of testing. It lets you shift modes instantly.

It's easier for students to compare their responses to a model

  • LangLab PASSPORT integrates the student response with the original utterance - it avoids cumbersome switching back and forth between tracks.
  • LangLab PASSPORT allows for a number of utterances in the same item - it's more convenient for practice than systems that allow only a single utterance and response per item.

It's simple to use for students as well as teachers

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use modules provide the core functions uncluttered by rarely-used features.
  • LangLab PASSPORT has been designed by experienced language teachers who understand how to make use obvious for students, and who know what special-purpose tools teachers need to get the most out of existing instructional materials.

It's a cross-platform solution

LangLab PASSPORT runs on both Macintosh and Windows PCs. Even when all school computers use Windows, choosing LangLab PASSPORT means schools won't keep students and faculty with Macs who can't or don't want to run Windows from being able to work from home. For those institutions using Linux to save money, LangLab PASSPORT is the only compatible solution of its kind.

It costs vastly less than competitors' solutions

Because LangLab PASSPORT is a fraction of the price of solutions from major competitors, school districts can stretch budgets to cover several times more schools.