The Black Box Theatre was designed and continues to be a fully-functional 100-seat interactive space for theatrical performances and rehearsals as well as other forms of presentations and gatherings. It is a vital teaching and learning component for a number of courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. It also serves as a venue for programmes developed by other units of UM, including faculties, residential colleges and student groups.
Specially designed for training conference interpreters, this professional language laboratory is probably the best venue of its kind in the region. Fitted with the state-of-the art Sanako language teaching and learning system, multimedia equipment and built-in soundproof SI booths, the lab is a space where situations of real-life multilingual meetings can be simulated.
The lab has the capacity of allowing up to 40 students practicing simultaneous interpreting at a time. Students can listen to/watch a live or pre-recorded audio-visual source and have their oral interpretation recorded simultaneously. All recordings, which are stored in digital files, can be easily collected and distributed, thus allowing sufficient evaluation and reflective learning.
The Linguistics Lab is currently equipped with two recording studios and one editing room, which provide FAH academic staff and students with the audio-visual recording, playback, and computer equipment for their data collection and analysis in research related to phonetics, sociolinguistics, and inter-cultural communication.
Language Assessment Seminar Room
This Room is equipped with specialised softwares such as SPSS, ITEMAN, MULTILOG, EQS, Mplus, COH-Metrix, which is a space devoted to learning and research activities related to language assessment, a venue for seminars and workshops, a site for data collection (tests, for example) and a workspace for students and faculty members.
Equipped with Sanako language teaching and learning system, the language laboratories are where students perfect their language skills.
English Writing and Communication Centre
The English Writing and Communication Centre (EWCC) was established in 2003. Its mission is to support UM students as they emerge as competent writers and confident users of the English language. In the writing centre, tutors work collaboratively with students from all disciplines and proficiency levels to guide them through their writing processes. Apart from writing consultations, the writing centre also offers a variety of academic support such as speaking consultations, academic/study-skills workshops, chat rooms, and other English-related activities. It also publishes an annual student-authored magazine the EWCC Review for the reading pleasure of the UM community.
The Smart Classroom currently has the capacity of 36 students. With the support of the interactive system, group discussions in class have never been as efficient and easy. Every discussion group has an independent discussion space equipped with an interactive mid-sized TV screen, through which the students can present the content of their discussion and the results conveniently. This facilitates intra-group communication and stimulates students’ thinking. The system provides multi-screen interaction support for both the teachers and the students.