Department of Language and Linguistics

Our facilities

Students practising in our interpreting labs

Explore our facilities

We have a huge range of facilities available for student use,
including translation and interpreting booths, language labs, a
media studio and library in our Department of Language and
Linguistics at the University of Essex.


Our Facilities

Translation and Interpreting Booths

Interpreting lab

Our state-of-the-art interpreting lab gives you the tools to become an expert in conference interpreting. With ten booths, you can interpret conferences of up to 20 people.

This equipment is also found in the European Commission, the United Nations and the Houses of Parliament, and can be used for transcription, video editing and analysis.

Simultaneous interpreting booths

You have access to LTB 6, a conference facility for up to 350 people with simultaneous interpreting booths, to interpret live conferences and lectures.

This facility, as well as our interpreting lab, are unique to the East of England.

Autonomous learning lab

You also have access to an autonomous learning lab where you practise your interpreting and subtitling skills and use translation software on your own.


Modern Languages Labs

Using software to practice translation and subtitling.

We use Melissi Digital Classroom software that allows you to interact with other language students, record digitally, subtitle and interpret language, and simultaneously work on videos.
Subtitling and computer-assisted translation for our Masters courses are also taught in the labs.


Linguistics Resource Centre

Our resource centre has four labs for the study of language production, comprehension and acquisition:

  • Eye tracking lab: we discover how our eyes move on a screen by asking participants to read a text, or look at pictures. Eye movements offer a precise look at how we process language, and our lab enables you to run psycholinguistics or second language acquisition studies in a state-of-the-art environment.
  • Babylab: we're interested in child development and use eye tracking to understand how children acquire their first words and deal with more than one language when they're raised as bilinguals.
  • Computer lab: you can run behavioural studies with six participants simultaneously. Whether you're interested in speech recognition, reading, or any other task involving a computer, you can run your experiment in a state-of-the-art facility.
  • EEG lab: psycholinguistics explores how our brain processes language. If you want to understand how words are organised in terms of sounds, morphemes or how we process speech, you can use electrophysiology in our lab.

Open Access Lab

Our open access lab is equipped with satellite TV and DVD players for watching programmes in the languages that you're studying.

Here, you practise broadcasting news programmes and have the opportunity to really test your language skills.

Media Studio

Our media studio has cameras, computer facilities, projectors and chairs for a small audience.

Here, you practise broadcasting news programmes and have the opportunity to really test your language skills.

Virtual Research Environment

We provide a virtual research environment that allows researchers to access and share tools, training materials and other resources with each other.

Spicer Library

Our Spicer Library, run by volunteers, houses an invaluable collection of books for postgraduate students in applied linguistics and English language teaching..