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For the week of September 7-11, 2020

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Virtual events and online tutoring are now in session!


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Congratulations to everyone for a successful two weeks of online teaching! LCLC is here to support your questions about best practices:
  • ways to have students engage with each other outside of class (Bb wiki, blog, discussion board, Panopto video presentations, and more)
  • how to grade student work on Blackboard  (question answers, essays submitted via Bb assignment or SafeAssign)
  • holding events online (See our Events calendar!)
LCLC is also collecting your online teaching successes--let us know what you think is going really well, and we'll feature it on our upcoming LCSL SUCCESS page! Click HERE to access the survey!
 
Your LCSL online teaching success stories from Spring and Summer!
 
Students appreciated the frequent communication and posting of materials (PowerPoints, worksheets, review guides + answer keys, etc.). They also mentioned that they liked how much time was spent in breakout groups; many commented that they benefited from practicing with classmates this way.
 
Carefully selected real-world materials that the students were asked to explore independently after a videotaped orientation; spoken presentation of their work and feedback from peers via VoiceThread's threaded voice comments.
 
LCSL 505 meets Friday 9/11 from 3-4:45pm! 
 
This week's topic: Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Course Building: Interested in Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Blackboard, Course sites, Canvas, Schoology, Edmodo, Google Classroom? Join LCSL 505 session this Friday 9/11 at 3pm. We will discuss best practices for course design by exploring different learning management systems and organizational strategies. LCSL 505 is "hands-on" and available to all LCSL TA's, instructors, and faculty. Contact Iwona (iwonal@uic.edu) if you are interested in attending!

UIC LCLC social media! Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Instagram and Twitter feeds. Stay up-to-date with LCLC happenings. Promoting our pages is a good way to ensure your students know about your conversation hour or film series.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Grading with Rubrics on Blackboard
Week of September 7th - 11th
Wednesday
11-12
Online
Thursday
4-5
Online


Weekly Workshop: Blackboard Grade Center 
This week, we are exploring the basics of the Blackboard Grade Center. The workshop will focus on good practices for Gradebook organization, column management and creation (e.g. weighted vs. average grade columns), making grades and columns visible and invisible to students, or quick assigning of grade categories.

You will also learn how to:
- view grades for particular students only
- quickly check what needs to be graded depending on assignment type
- give general and specific feedback (e.g. checking essays and written work and giving annotations)
- use the integrated email tool to alert students of their grades
- create grading periods to streamline your grade calculations

and much more!  

Can't make the scheduled workshop times? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office: lclc@uic.edu

 

Weekly Article:

What is the best age to learn a foreign language? 

"Broadly speaking, different life stages give us different advantages in language learning. As babies, we have a better ear for different sounds; as toddlers, we can pick up native accents with astonishing speed. As adults, we have longer attention spans and crucial skills like literacy that allow us to continually expand our vocabulary, even in our own language."

"...older learners tend to already know quite a lot about themselves and the world and can use this knowledge to process new information. What young children excel at is learning implicitly: listening to native speakers and imitating them. But this type of learning requires a lot of time with native speakers."

Read more


Weekly events for you and your students are now ONLINE
, listed below, and on our calendar: lclc.uic.edu. There you can find links to join meetings via Zoom or Google Meet. All events at the LCLC are free and open to students of all levels (and the whole UIC community).


CONVERSATION HOURS & FILMS

All events will now be hosted via Zoom or Google Meet
(Visit the event schedule on our website to find a link to join.)

Please see lclc.uic.edu for the most up-to-date schedule.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.
All films are shown with English subtitles.

Click a flag to view event details including film titles and descriptions.

Monday

 

Happy Labor Day!

No Conversation Hours & Instruction

   
Tuesday


English Conversation

English Conversation
1-2

Spanish Conversation

Spanish Conversation

1-2

   
Wednesday
Korean CH

Korean Drama Club
10-11



Arabic Reading Club
12-1

Chinese Conversation

Chinese Tea Time
11-12

Italian CH

Piazza Italia
2-3

German CH

SprachCafe
12-1
Thursday      
Friday
French Conversation

French Conversation Hour
12-1
   

Visit us online: http://lclc.uic.edu

To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at lclc@uic.edu.

 
 
 
 
 

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