Brown University's Language Resource Center
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Access library owned foreign language films?
Request the purchase of foreign language films not currently in the collection?
Where can my students view library owned films?
Where can my students view library owned films- as a group?
Students listen to online music?
Where can my students use language software outside of class time?
Where do I take my class to try new things?
Find Computer Programs in Support of Language Learning and Get Started Using Them?
Input Various Languages on a Mac or PC?
Fonts, Accents and Multilingual Computing:
Watch Foreign Language TV at Brown?

Access library owned foreign language films?

Most foreign-language DVDs and VHS tapes are stored in a secured location at the Sciences Library or at the Library Collections Annex. Films can be requested via the library’s catalog, Josiah. Find the Josiah record for the movie you need and click the “Request this” button. Films may also be requested on site at the Sciences Library service desk on Level A. The desk can also be reached by emailing sci-circ@brown.edu or by calling (401) 863-3333. When notified by email that the requested film is ready for pickup, faculty have the option of having the film sent to their campus office via campus mail.

Request the purchase of foreign language films not currently in the collection?

The content of the collection is driven by the curriculum. Most items in the collection have been acquired at the request of faculty members.
To search or browse the collection online, click here.
To request the purchase of an asset by the library contact you subject area librarian, go here. (http://library.brown.edu/about/specialists.php).
or make a request directly by going here: http://library.brown.edu/forms/purcreq.php
If the item is needed for teaching a specific course, the most expeditious and efficient way to get the material ordered is to submit it as an item in a Course Reserve list using OCRA (Online Course Reserves).
Requests for Course Reserve material that the library does not own go directly to the library's ordering staff (Acquisitions).

Where can my students view library owned films?

Most students view the DVDs in the computer clusters or on their laptops. There are also DVD and VHS viewing stations on Level A of the Sciences Library.

Students can view full-length digital versions of movies exclusively on MyCourses, Brown's course management system. Requests for online screening of full-lenght digital movies must be made using OCRA at: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/reserves/

Where can my students view library owned films- as a group?

The Friedman Study Center has rooms available for use by groups of students. Specifically, A17, A23 and A22 have installed projection capability and cables for loan so that students can use one of their laptops to view media. Reservations can be made three hours in advance via a computer station at the Friedman Center. For open hours visit: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/libweb/about/friedman.php

Students listen to online music?

For streamed music associated with courses, check the Orwig Music Library for content, and request songs to be delivered through Brown EARS (Electronic Audio Reserve System) by using OCRA (http://dl.lib.brown.edu/reserves/).

Where can my students use language software outside of class time?

The computing clusters are now supporting a variety of software packages in support of language learning (e.g. antidote, comic life, audacity, etc.) To see a full list of software, locations and hours, go to:
https://wiki.brown.edu/confluence/display/CISDOC/Clusters+and+Kiosks

We recommend the use of the CIT Public Computing Cluster, CIT 267, for language students. It's the least used of all of the clusters and is equipped with headphone/microphones.
Students can find out if the room is free by pointing their browser to wv2.brown.edu and clicking on "Watson CIT" at the bottom right. CIT 267 is the last row represented.

Or download a mobile app found at: http://library.brown.edu/services/clusters/lib_mobile/

Where do I take my class to try new things?

The ETC Teaching Lab, CIT 201, enables experimentation by instructors in an environment supported by Academic Technology staff. The room is equipped with technology available in some of Brown's mediated classrooms and serves as a place for faculty to try out new technologies or group assignments before fully incorporating them into the regular class curriculum. Request a space using the online request form:
http://www.brown.edu/cis/services/academic/request/space.php

Computer Programs Available at all CIS Public Clusters and How to Get Started Using Them:

Below is a comprehensive list of the computer programs and web-based tools available.
Clicking on a link will open a Quickstart guide to using that particular program.

Antidote Posologie Aswaat Arabiyya Audacity (Mac) Audacity (Windows)
Cyrillic Writing Divace eLite ELFE French Characters
Haaretz Interactivní cestina ITranslator Mandarin Vowels
Pinyin Practice Puntos de Partida Russian Dictionaries Sanskrit Library
International Radio & TV

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Input Various Languages on a Mac or PC:

If you are trying to write a document in a foreign language, the LRC is here to help. Below is a list of languages officialy supported at the LRC. Clicking on a link will lead you to instructions for inputing that specific language on a Mac or PC.

Mac Quickstarts:

Chinese (PRC) Chinese (Taiwan) Czech (Polish, Hungarian) Devanagari
French German Greek Italian
Japanese Korean Portuguese Russian
Spanish Foreign Language, General

PC Quickstarts:

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Fonts, Accents and Multilingual Computing:

Mac and Windows computers in the computing clusters are equipped with word processing software enabled for all Western European languages taught at Brown as well as Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Sanskrit. Spell checking software is available for many languages. A laser printer is available for output in all languages.

Watch Foreign Language TV at Brown:

International programming is available via Brown's IPTV system (available in undergraduate dorms and common spaces - expansion including classrooms to come). We currently broadcast Chinese, Spanish and a generic "International Program" channels in support of language learning. Additional channels will soon be added.
http://www.brown.edu/cis/services/television/iptv/index.php