2. Class sizes are too large (48 students) and teachers can not effectively maximise one of the main advantages of language laboratories - providing individual assistance.
One of the main advantages of using a language laboratory, like most other laboratories, is that it offers the teachers and students the opportunity for individualised instruction and assistance.However, if we look at the time restriction placed upon the teacher (45 minutes) and divide this by the number of students (48), then take off the time required to introduce the lesson and answer general enquiries, we soon find that we have much 'less than one' (<1) minute per student. This is clearly insufficient.
We need to reduce the class size considerably, twenty (20) is about the ideal maximum number. However, twenty five is managable.
3. The current layout of the existing language laboratory model does not allow easy physical access to the students (especially in the new Panasonic laboratories)