US-based educator Ben Johnson, who teaches Spanish, tells of his lightbulb moment on discovering classroom soundfield systems at a recent educational technology conference:
When you go to the movies, plays, or even concerts, the rooms are equipped with a sound system so everyone can hear. Why don’t we do that in classrooms? Isn’t it critical that everyone be able to hear?
For clear reasons, teachers of modern foreign languages may be more proactive about managing classroom noise to create the best environments for their students to listen in.
The Soundfield Amplification Research Summary (York University, Millett, 2008) is cited in Johnson’s reflection on his experiences and observations with positive school acoustics.