New Students: Click on the ESL Welcome Guide for answers to many of your questions about coming to Austin.
The ESL Student Handbook (PDF format) will answer many questions for new and currently enrolled students.
Computer Lab FAQs Computer lab homepage
- When is the lab open for students?
- How do I use the lab?
- Where are the programs?
- What are some common lab suggestions or tips?
- Where is the listening for my textbooks?
- How do I go to a website and practice English on the Internet?
- Where are copies of the lab instructions?
- What are Macintosh equivalents for Windows?
- What other labs can I use?
COMPUTER LAB Answers
1. WHEN IS THE LAB OPEN FOR STUDENTS?
The ESL computer labs at 713 W. 23rd Street are currently reserved for classroom use. Students may use computer labs on the UT campus.
2. HOW DO I USE THE LAB?
Log in with your UT EID (on your orange card) and password.
3. WHERE ARE THE PROGRAMS?
The programs are in the Favorites folder on the Dock at the bottom of the screen. Double-click on an icon to open the program.
4. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON LAB SUGGESTIONS OR TIPS?
- Lab Behavior
- Please treat the lab as a classroom. Try to use English.
- Please do not bring in food or drinks.
- If you have a printing problem, ask for help.
- To open programs:
- Click the Icons in the Dock, in the center, bottom of the screen.
- Save your work often:
- With your EID, you can save your work using Webspace, storage provided by UT.
- E-mail your work to yourself.
- Use USB storage devices. Put your name on your device.
- Don't do homework at the last minute.
- Finish work and quit programs a few minutes before the lab closes. Sign out.
- Keep instructions with you.
- To get help, ask the lab assistant, or the lab coordinator, or a classmate or teacher.
- Mac or program help: Look on the Help Menu, or type "Apple /" or "Apple ?".
5. WHERE IS THE LISTENING FOR MY TEXTBOOKS?
If you can listen to your textbooks through UT, the listening is at: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/itsaud/
This page is linked from the Computer Lab Homepage. You may need to log in if you listen from home. Your teacher can give you the information for logging in.
6. HOW DO I GO TO A WEBSITE AND PRACTICE ENGLISH ON THE INTERNET?
Decide which skill you want to study (i.e. Speaking, Reading, or Writing). Click on the appropriate skill at the top of the Computer Lab Homepage. This will bring you to a page of different websites where you can practice your English.
7. WHERE ARE COPIES OF THE LAB INSTRUCTIONS?
There are copies in the lab.
8. WHAT ARE MACINTOSH EQUIVALENTS FOR WINDOWS?
|Control key, as in "Control O" to open, or "Control P" to print
||Apple key, as in "Apple O" to open, or "Apple P" to print. Keyboard shortcuts are on the menus of many programs
||Hold down the "Control" key, and click... "Control click"
|Exiting programs, use "X" box, or File menu / Exit
||Exiting programs = "Quitting" programs; NO "X" box; use "Apple Q" or File menu / Quit.
"Apple W" closes window; does NOT quit the program.
|What's running? > Check the Task bar
||Check the Dock
|End task / Force restart: Control Alt Delete
||End task (Force Quit): Apple + Option + Esc keys; Force restart:Apple menu / Log out Student, then click on Restart at the Log in screen
|What's available? > Check Start Menu / Programs
||New: Check the Dock.
Check Dock / Favorite Applications
Check Hard drive / Applications
9. WHAT OTHER LABS CAN I USE?
You can use the computers in the SMF. If you need to use a Windows PC, this is one place you can go. Log in with your the Computer Account number you received at Registration on the white card. This number begins with the letters IO. You can also use computers in the PCL. Log in with your EID.
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