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Language lab in Cotton College gaining popularity
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Nov 24 – In a modest yet significant way, a language lab with highly-trained faculty is proving to be a boon for local learners. Set in Cotton College, close to the Department of English, the lab has proved beneficial to many students and professional keen to pick up the nuanced features of languages such as English, Sanskrit, Assamese, Bengali, and Arabic among others.

According to sources, the lab contains computers with software that has been scientifically designed to enable easier grasp of languages. For instance, learners can grasp Functional English in a better way in the language lab that has faculty well trained in the use of various software.

According to Prof Gautam Sarma, of the Cotton College English Department, interest in the language lab is steadily growing. The first two batches of students who were trained in it have expressed their satisfaction. He hoped more learners will come to take up courses to augment their language skills.

Among others, the popular course on Functional English includes Spoken English, Written and Situational English, and Business Communication. The moderately priced course is meant to help non-native speakers who have to use English in personal as well as in business communication.

There are two classes per day spread over four days a week, a schedule that has been designed to be convenient for working professionals and others who might have time constraints to attend more classes. Each class can have an intake of 30 students, so that every learner can have more access to computers and faculty.

The language lab is equipped with advanced course material developed by the Cambridge University Press. The course content offers many advantages, including training in voice modulation, interactive sessions with teachers, and thorough assessments.

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