Information Technology

Language Lab Resources

Students and faculty have online access to audio and video materials required for foreign language course courses. Students can use the computers for the Language Lab in the Red Lab (Healey Library, upper level), or use the Virtual Language Lab any time from home. When on campus, headsets for the Red Lab can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk (Healey Library, second floor). Students may also access online language files through 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 multimedia 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 (Healey Library, third floor), or contact them at:

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

Video viewing stations are available on the third floor of Healey Library. Foreign language video files are available online and from the Healey Library Circulation desk (second floor). 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 617.287.5969.

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 Latin American and Iberian Studies Department 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.

VoiceThread, a new technology that allows educators to host secure conversations using media that include videos, images, or presentations. VoiceThread is the perfect way for students to "talk" to each other outside of the classroom. You can use it for group assignments, presentations, thought question discussions, language exams, language practice. Any UMass Boston faculty member or student can access VoiceThread through the UMass Boston license. There is no software to download. Just fire up your Internet browser, and you will be ready to go.

Get your VoiceThread Account
Go to  
Students: Use your email credentials when you log in you will automatically receive a Basic VoiceThread account.
Students enrolled in a language course with a lab requirement will be able to log into their course VoiceThreads through the VoiceThread link in their blackboard course.

Faculty: Use your email credentials when you log in to receive an account. Then, contact Ellen Foust, VoiceThread Consultant, to request that your account be promoted to a Pro account. Pro accounts have many more features than Basic accounts and are only available to faculty.