The Laboratory provides a base for interpreting training in both consecutive and simultaneous modes. All the booths are equipped with the most updated interpreting and computer facilities.
The Language Learning Oasis (OEM707), which provides independent language learning resources, is an important supplement to the Language Centre’s language courses and an aid to inculcating lifelong, independent learning among students. The Language Learning Oasis has 26 student booths, each equipped with a headset and built-in microphone and installed with a wide range of English and Putonghua self-study software programmes. There are over two dozen titles of English self-study software installed, with reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary covered, and a special emphasis on IELTS/TOEFL preparation. English, Cantonese and Putonghua audio/video materials and Foreign Language self-study software programmes are also available to facilitate students' self learning.
Music technology has been a defining feature of the department and its
degree programmes since their inception. Work in electro-acoustic music, often combined with Multi-media, share a prominent role in the creative output of our BA students, post-graduate students, and faculty.
To support these activities the department has three main facilities,
1 - a Music Technology Lab (25 seats) opened in 2011
2 - the three studio Electroacoustic Music Centre (EMC), a teaching studio with professional standard acoustics and equipment including multichannel 5.1 installations in both studios and an industry standard Pro Tools HD system with 192 i/o in Studio A.
3 - a two-studio Laboratory for Immersive Arts and Technology (LIATe) of the highest international standard in 3D immersive audio and video, also opened in 2011.
In the last few years numerous staff and student works created in these facilities were presented in major international festivals and conferences (ICMC, WOCMAT, iKULTURE, etc.), released internationally in cinemas and on major CD and DVD labels (ABLAZE, Ravello-PARMA, Naxos-digital, etc.) and in many local theatrical venues.
(a) The Phonology Laboratory serves as a research facility, as well as a classroom for advanced phonetic courses and phonological studies. This laboratory is located at OEN Hall (Room M708) in the Ho Sin Hang Campus.
(b) Dr. Lian-Hee Wee, the caretaker of the HKBU Phonology Laboratory
(c) (left) A model of the human hard palate used in the Electropalatograph (EPG), useful for the study of contact between the hard palate and the tongue during a person's speech and articulation
(center and right) A device for studying airstream mechanics
(d) The Electroglottograph (EGG), useful for the study of vocal folds activities
(e) One of the two soundproofed recording rooms, complete with recording equipment and analyzing software