The Akiva Language Lab is a unique learning space that enables students to explore new languages at their own pace, in small groups, or one-on-one with the teacher, using an interactive computer-based platform. The technology in the lab also has a portable component, so that students can bring interactive language learning home as well.
Increasing the Opportunity for Language Practice
Research tells us that the only way to truly learn a language effectively is through immersion and practice. Statistically, in a traditional classroom setting, each student speaks for less than 20 seconds for every hour of class time. Using the Language Lab, students can speak concurrently and advance their oral language skills in an engaging way that tailors to their needs and passions.
Emphasis on French Oral Language and Culture
The Language Lab features a unique French online program designed by our own Akiva French educators which follows standard curriculum requirements while increasing students’ immersion in oral exercises and exposure to Quebec culture. The Language Lab actively engages students in French language learning exercises and conversational practice more than would be possible in a traditional classroom environment.
Authentic Learning at Each Student’s Own Pace
Akiva School was founded over 50 years ago by Rabbi David Hartman z’l, who had the vision that learning should be hands-on, engaged and speak to the needs of each student. The Akiva Language Lab is based on this educational philosophy and continues the goal of Rabbi Hartman to make learning a joyful experience that inspires a love of learning in every student.
Taking Hebrew Learning to the Next Level
Akiva School was the pioneer school for the successful TaL AM program, a Hebrew language and Jewish heritage curriculum developed in part by Akiva’s own teacher at the time, Tova Shimon. The Language Lab will continue to build upon the premise of the original Tal AM program where Hebrew learning was an adventure for students to explore.
Using SmartClass+ Technology Solution from Robotel
The Akiva Language Lab was built around the award-winning language lab technology solution designed for language teachers by Robotel, a global leader in educational technology. Robotel’s SmartClass+ digital language lab software is used in foreign language labs, modern language labs, world language labs, and second language labs around the globe.