Information Technology

Language Lab Resources


Students and faculty have on-line access to audio and video materials required for  foreign language course courses.  Students can attend the language lab in the Red Lab (UL floor, Healey Library), or use the virtual language lab any time from home.  When on campus, headsets can be borrowed for the Red lab from the Circulation Desk (2nd floor, Healey Library). Students may also access on-line language filesthrough the language lab website from home or on campus.

The Language Lab website provides useful information about the audio and video collections. Most of the language lab collection consists of multi-media and computer interactive curriculum materials which complement textbooks in elementary and intermediate Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese courses. Students in these courses receive one credit for completion of lab assignments throughout the semester.

Language Lab Online

Students who are enrolled in a Language course with a required lab will access lab materials through their Blackboard account. 

Go to and follow the instructions to log in.If you have problems logging in to Blackboard, visit the IT Service Desk (3rd floor, Healey Library), or contact them at:

  • Web:
  • Email:
  • Phone:  617-287-5220

If you have problems accessing Blackboard, you can access the files directly from the UMass Website until they are resolved.

Video viewing stations are available on the 3rd floor, Healey Library. Foreign language video files are available online and from the Healey Library Circulation desk (2nd floor, Healey Library).Headsets, headset splitters, and DVD player remote controls are also available at the Circulation Desk.

If you have problems with the language material, or if you are a faculty member and would like to schedule an orientation for your class, please call 617-287-5977 or email

Additional Resources

Language Placement Test (WebCape)
In order for students to enjoy the best educational experience, faculty will  recommend that students take a placement test prior to registering for a  course. The Hispanic Studies Department at UMass Boston uses a computerized placement exam called WebCape to help place students in the appropriate language level for Spanish. The test is administered at the testing center and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It gives each student his/her score and level immediately following completion of the test.

Language Lab Textbooks and Workbooks
A limited number of textbooks and workbooks used for language courses are available on loan from the Healey Library Circulation Desk.  Faculty must arrange to place books on Healey Library Reserve for loan to students.