SOAS University of London

The Language Space at UCL

Contact: Sibylle Nalezinski (IT & Multimedia Support Officer) 
Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 4517 (internally 32556)
Link: The Language Space at UCL

The Language Space is an innovative classroom that provides teachers with easy access to a wealth of authentic text including radio, online newspapers and support material including online dictionaries and grammar reference. It allows teachers to present and engage students in text through the use of an interactive whiteboard. The Language Space is equipped with the technology for students to film themselves making presentations in the target language and with the technology for students to record themselves speaking the target language.

Every workstation has a PC and headset; and the Space contains audio-visual facilities and an interactive whiteboard. The software available includes

  • Audacity (for digital sound-recording and editing)
  • hot potatoes (for creating different types of language exercises)
  • irfanview (image-editing for beginners)
  • iTunes (for playing and converting sound files)
  • MALTED (an environment for creating digital language courses)

Winows terminal server (wts) is installed on all workstations which gives access to hundreds of other programs.

Who may use the Language Space

Anyone member of UCL or SOAS staff involved in language teaching or research may book the room for the purposes of language teaching or research.
Drop-in sessions for staff to familiarise themselves with the technologies are available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 4.30pm. Pedagogical and technical assistance is provided.

Booking the Language Space

The Space may be booked from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, except Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 4.30pm.
For the Space's availability is given in the online timetable, booking the Language Space can be done online.


The Language Space is located at 1-4 Malet Place, UCL, and is directly accessed from the street. The entrance is opposite the Malet Place Engineering Building.