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Language Studies Resource Center

LSRC

The Language Studies Resource Center (LSRC) embraces the University’s and Department’s common goal of developing culturally informed and linguistically competent global citizens. In order to do so, the LSRC will commit efforts to support and improve the learning and teaching of languages and cultures at ISU.



Vision

The Language Studies Resource Center (LSRC) embraces the University’s and Department’s common goal of developing culturally informed and linguistically competent global citizens. In order to do so, the LSRC will commit efforts to support and improve the learning and teaching of languages, literatures, and cultures at ISU. Such efforts will be informed by research in applied linguistics, language learning pedagogy and instructional technology. It will be supported by the creation of flexible learning environments that enhance learning through social interaction and the integration of relevant technologies.

Mission

The mission of the Center is to provide students and faculty with the specific resources and services that will improve the quality of their language learning and teaching experiences online, in the ISU classroom,and in the LSRC facilities. The LSRC will fulfill its mission by:

  • validating language learning across the curriculum and raising awareness of the complexity and value of language studies;
  • promoting awareness of the centrality of the study of languages, literatures, and cultures in the achievement of the university and department’s common goal of developing culturally informed global citizens;
  • providing resources, expertise and support for the learning and teaching of world languages, literatures, and cultures;
  • supporting the meaningful integration of technology into world language learning and teaching;
  • facilitating faculty development and research in the area of technology integration;
  • functioning as an extension of the classroom;
  • functioning as an incubator for innovative technology-enhanced instructional projects;
  • interacting and collaborating with other campus units.

The LSRC

The Language Studies Resource Center (LSRC), located in 3142 Pearson Hall, was expanded and remodeled in 2006. The LSRC is a primary resource for students enrolled in foreign language classes who seek access to audio, video, textual, and electronic materials in support of their language studies. The Center also serves as the instructional technology hub of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, providing specialized media resources and support for language and culture classes throughout Pearson Hall.

Technology Enhanced Classroom

This technology-enhanced classroom, located in 3113 Pearson Hall, was started with a generous donation from the Cargill Corporation in 2003. Funding from LASCAC has been used to update the student workstations, most recently in 2017.

Room 3113 was created specifically for integrating technology into the teaching of the various languages and cultures taught at Iowa State University. The equipment available in this classroom includes multimedia workstations with individual headset microphones and web cameras for each student and instructor, an interactive whiteboard, an ELMO document camera, and equipment for playback of analog and digital video in all formats available worldwide.

Laptop Cart

Instructors can reserve room the PC laptop cart for use in their classroom by clicking the reservation button below and filling out the form.

Reserve the Laptop Cart

iPad Cart

Instructors can reserve room the iPad cart for use in their classroom by clicking the reservation button below and filling out the form.

Reserve the iPad Cart

Conference Room Reservation (3142B)

Instructors and students can reserve room 3142B by clicking the reservation button below and filling out the form.

NOTE: Instructor reservations may take priority over student reservations if there is a conflict in reservation times. In this case, we will strive to offer an alternative space for those whose reservation was bumped. In any case, you will be notified via email.

Reserve the Conference Room

Resource Reserves

Instructors can place materials on reserve in the LSRC that can be checked by students in their courses in the LSRC by filling out the form accessible through the link below:

 

Materials can be placed on reserve anywhere from a week to a semester.  Instructors who wish to place items on reserve for multiple semesters should contact the LSRC Director, Jacob E. Larsen.

Place An Item On Reserve Here

Resource Suggestions

If you wish to suggest a resource for the LSRC to purchase and make available to WLC faculty and students, please do so well in advance of the semester in which you need it. We always strive to fulfill requests for materials or service as fast as possible, but greatly appreciate advance notice. A lead time of 2-3 months is preferred, if possible.

Note: The LSRC cannot purchase desk copies for instructor personal use.  Requests for desk copies should be made through Pam Cooper.

Suggest a Resource

Student Checkout Policies

Students can check out materials (books, films, CDs) and limited technology equipment. Standard checkout for students is 24 hrs for technology and 7 days for books, films, or CDs. Because of the potential demand for technology equipment checkout, checkout periods for more than 24 hours must be approved by the LSRC director. Items may be recalled by the LSRC director at any time with a 24-hour return notice if another person has requested the item.

When students checkout an item they will be required to fill out a checkout form which requires students to provide their name and ISU ID and a signature. The form is an agreement between the student and the LSRC that the student will return the borrowed item back to the LSRC on the date listed on the form. Failure to return items on time will result in a late fee charged to the student’s university bill. In addition, if the item or items are not returned in working condition or are not returned at all the student authorizes the LSRC to charge the estimated value of the item as listed on the agreement form to the student’s university bill.

Currently the LSRC does not allow students to check out laptops or iPads for use outside the LSRC. In addition, items placed on reserve by faculty cannot be checked out for use outside of the the LSRC. Students can request to use these items or any other item within the LSRC in exchange for their ISU ID card. Items used within the LSRC (3142 Pearson) do not require students to sign a checkout form. When the student is done using the item in the LSRC, they can return the item to the front desk in exchange for their ID card.

Questions regarding these policies may be directed to the LSRC Director, Jacob E. Larsen.

 

Faculty Checkout Policies

Faculty can check out any materials or equipment. Standard checkout is 1 day for technology and a week for materials (books, CDs, films). Faculty may request to check out technology equipment for a semester, however these requests must be approved by the LSRC director in advance. In general, books and films may not be checked to faculty for longer than a week without prior approval from the LSRC director. Any items checked out for an extended period of time may be recalled by the LSRC at any time if another faculty member has requested the item.

Faculty agree by checking out an item that the item will be returned on time and in working condition. Failure to return items on time will result in a warning. Multiple warnings can result in loss of checkout privileges. Items not returned in working condition or lost items will be replaced at the faculty member’s expense.

Faculty who have placed items on reserve may request to borrow the item for use in class without having to checkout the item. Items on reserve may only be removed from the LSRC during the time they will be used in class and must be returned to reserve at the end of the class period unless approved in advance by the LSRC director.

Questions regarding these policies may be directed to the LSRC Director, Jacob E. Larsen.

The Language Studies Resource Center (LSRC) offers scheduled programming Monday-Friday currently in five of the languages WLC offers: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

Students and faculty can still request specific channels or films to be shown on one of our two televisions.  Visit the LSRC in 3142 Pearson Hall for more information.

Are you good with technology? Are you currently learning a language? Would you like to work in the LSRC?

Check back at this page periodically and at the ISU Student Job Board where we will post any available positions.

Hours

Fall and Spring Semester:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm

Friday:  8am – 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday:  12pm – 5pm

Summer Semester:

Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Note: The LSRC is closed during Winter Break, Spring Break and all University Holidays.

Phone Number

LSRC Main Phone

515-294-9761

LSRC Video Phone

515-207-8017

Have feedback for us?

Stop by and talk with us in the LSRC!  If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please fill out our feedback form.