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About DLL

Mission Statement

The Digital Language Lab’s mission is to provide resources, facilities, and support for language instruction and learning to the entire Stanford community. State-of-the-art teaching spaces, enterprise level software resources, and expert support personnel combine to make the Stanford Digital Language Lab a dynamic and highly efficient teaching and learning facility. The Digital Language Lab is the multilingual computing and assessment hub at Stanford, offering reliable audio and video recording capability, foreign language digital media content, and software images to support computing in multiple foreign character sets. The lab also hopes to serve as physical and virtual cross-cultural encounter environment. The lab supports a variety of large scale online assessments in Canvas, including Oral Diagnostic Assessments (ODAs), EFS placement reading tests, and 600+ Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews (SOPIs) every Spring Quarter.


The Stanford Digital Language Lab opened in April 1999 as a joint venture between the Stanford Libraries, Academic Computing and the Stanford Language Center. A generous donation from the President’s Fund covered much of the cost of this sizable renovation. The design of the Lab reflects a dramatic shift away from conventional modes of delivering foreign language instruction toward the Stanford Language Center’s ambitious program of large-scale, proficiency-based instruction grounded in program-wide, online assessment and access to enhanced learning spaces.


The Digital Language Lab manages the following facilities. To see the detail of the facilities and equipment, please go to Facilities page. For scheduling, please contact Amy Keohane (akeohane at stanford dot edu)

199 Drop-in Flex area

  • 4 Flat TV screens (42 inch)
  • 2 wall-mounted projectors (instructor's only use)
  • Walls with whiteboard paint
  • 4 OS/Win dualboot iMacs with headsets and microphones

198 DLL Computer Classroom

  • 1 instructor’s station, ceiling projector,
  • 2 wall-mounted projectors and screen boards
  • Walls with whiteboard paint

197 DLL Classroom

  • 2 instructor's computer, ceiling projector
  • 2 wall-mounted projectors and screen boards
  • Walls with whiteboard paint

191 DLL Classroom

  • 2 instructors' stations, ceiling projector
  • 2 wall-mounted projectors and screen boards,
  • Walls with whiteboard paint

195 and 196 "TouchDown" Instructor's Meeting Spaces

  • Flat TV panel
  • 1 table with 3 chairs
  • Walls with whiteboard paint


The Language Lab supports, trains, and consults students and instructors in a number of ways. The detail of the services for students and instructors are in the Assessment page, Student Services page and Instructor Services page.

Core Services

  • Placement and assessment [ODA, WDA, WPA, SOPI, EFS]
  • Multilingual computing
  • Training students and instructors in lab equipments and facilities
  • Lab orientation and equipment documentation
  • Tutorials, Online resources
  • Academic events and consulting