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February 1-5, 2021

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

We hope you are all doing well as we move into Week 4 and the new month of February!

In this week’s newsletter:
  • Online conversation hours are in full swing, and welcome anyone to join: Spanish, Korean, Italian, French, Arabic, and Chinese, all in the next couple of weeks. Join online from the LCLC Events Page.

  • Looking for inspiration about online teaching or have tech questions? Join one of our  Workshops (see below)...or email us at and join us at the Drop-In Helpdesk on Zoom. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9-5.

  • Our online workshop this week will be about Interactive online classes with PearDeck, led by Iwona on Tuesday (2/2) from 3-4PM and on Friday (2/5) from 9-10AM. See below for more info and a link to join.

  • Peer tutoring is busy busy busy busy!  See below for Ryan (French), and check out LCLC Peer Tutoring on Instagram, where peer tutors - your upper-level students in Italian, German, Spanish, and French - post about language, culture, and, recently Oaxacan street food like memelas, piedrazos and tlayudas.

  • Online Teaching Success Stories: Emanuela Zanotti Carney, Italian

  • Weekly Reading: “Getting Peachy with Pear Deck”

Visit our website at or stop by to chat in our Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office).

Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office)
 Ryan, French Peer Tutor
Meet Ryan, one of the incoming French Peer Tutors!

“I’m a Teaching of History Major. I’m from Springfield IL, but now commute to campus from Jefferson Park. I decided to learn French because my family heritage is largely French and I wanted to connect with that history. Since I arrived at UIC, I’ve had a very positive experience in the 100-level and upper-level classes here! I’m excited to be a peer tutor and build a further grasp of French with my peers!”

Spread the word about *Free* Peer Tutoring to your 100-level students in Italian, Spanish, French, and German!

LCSL 505 : Online course building 
Click on the graphic to see the course flyer 
LCSL 505: Teaching with Technology

Friday, February 12, 3:00-4:45: Create stunning and INTERACTIVE presentations for your classes!

  • Best presentation building tools for different modalities (online, blended, F2F) like Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Prezi, Canvas, Adobe Spark, Padlet

  • Technology in a Blended and Flipped class: VoiceThread, Video creating tools, Screencast recording tools, etc.

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend any LCSL 505 session! If you would like to join this session, or if you have any questions, just send us an email!

See the Course Syllabus
 Google forms & documents
Offering flexibility and support to your students

"I kept in constant touch with students, not only about academic work and related matters but about their physical and mental well-being; from time to time I devoted part of the class to breakout groups where students (in English) could share their experiences during the pandemic, share strategies to cope, offer support to each other; and share also strategies to stay connected, motivated, focused, and manage time effectively. I changed the format of oral exams: instead of carrying out a conversation in Italian with me on the topics covered during the semester, students were asked to write a dialogue in Italian of the same topics. I also made due dates for assignments more flexible and graded holistically (which I do regularly but even more so under these circumstances). I revised the classroom materials (I don't use a traditional textbook but create my own course material) to better fit the modified schedule and mode of delivery via Collaborate.

Emanuela Zanotti Carney, Italian BLP

Read more success stories

Please send us YOUR success story! What worked for you? What helped your students learn and retain information? What helped you AND your students feel supported and, perhaps, a little more at home in a virtual environment? Share your success stories with us, and we will share your experiences with other UIC instructors!

Share your own online success story
Interactive Online Class with Pear Deck 
Interactive Online Class with Pear Deck 
Tuesday (2/2), 3-4PM; Friday (2/5), 9-10AM

Imagine if you could engage every student in your class, every day. What if you could instantly see who’s confused and who’s ready for more? That’s the power of Pear Deck. And now, with the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on, you can add the magic of formative assessments and interactive questions to your presentations right from Google Slides.

Click this link to join a workshop session on Blackboard Collaborate during the times listed above.

 Remote Teaching with Pear Deck - Click the image to learn more
 Remote Teaching with Pear Deck - Click the image to learn more
Article of the Week

"Pear Deck is awesome because of the ability to directly add interactive questions. This capability makes it easy to collect formative assessment data when delivering a lesson synchronously remote or in person. There is also an option to make the lesson 'self-paced' so students can move through the lesson independently and interact with materials, follow links, and answer questions."

Read More Here

Online Language Events at LCLC
All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.

See the details of our events and the schedule on our website!


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