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March 29 - April 2, 2021

 
   
 
 Welcome Back! News from LCLC Spring 2021
 In the picture: German Tutor Emma works with a tutee (top left); Spanish tutor Isabelle (left) and French tutor Chantelle (bottom left); Roman amphitheater in Trier, Germany (top right); 2021 UIC Language Map (bottom right)
 

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome back! Five more weeks of classes are left, and LCLC has information and events for you and your students.

Italian, French, German, Spanish:  We're recruiting peer tutors for Fall 2021!  Please tell your students in 104 and in 200- and 300-level classes that they are eligible to become peer tutors by taking a one-credit Peer Tutor Apprentice Class in Fall 2021. Scroll down for all the information and links!

Planning for fall conversation hours and cultural events, live or online? Contact us at lclc@uic.edu and we will help you schedule them, either in GH 308 (depending on size of the event and fall social distancing guidelines) or online.

New peer tutors (your upper-level students in Spanish, French, Italian, and German) are ready to work with 100-level students as they prepare for all end of semester ordeals (presentations, homework, exams…). All tutoring is online. When they aren’t with a student, tutors are busy with professional development tasks designed to make them strong candidates for their next job/internship/grad school. For example, peer tutors work on their research and writing skills with Instagram and Peer Tutor Blog posts about the music of Colombian-born Kali Uchis, Vegan Milchreis (rice pudding), the French “Best Baker” show, and the glorious sunrises of Otranto.

The LCLC UIC Language Map continues to grow! Korean, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Arabic, Lithuanian, Greek, German, Italian, and Japanese all represented (Latin not yet!). Add your own language(s) and encourage your students and colleagues to do so too: here’s the very short form to put yourself on the LCLC UIC Language map.

Best,
Dolly

 

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

Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office)

 

 
   
 
 Lars, French Peer Tutor
 
 
Meet Lars (they/them, iel in French), one of our French peer tutors!

Hello! It is my first year at UIC and I am majoring in English. I have been studying French for five years and naturally I am a French peer tutor! I decided to study French in order to read literature from Francophone countries in the original version. When I first began studying French I had a really tough time and picked up some helpful study tips that made me get to where I am now: loving learning the language! I started at UIC in FR 104 and I am studying to be an English teacher, so I am very excited to be peer tutoring. Learning a language can be difficult but I am looking forward to helping make it a little easier for you.

 
   
 
Isabelle, UIC B.S. in Biology, 2021 
LCLC language stories 
 
 
Share your language story!

"I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My mother's side is Brazilian, and my father is American. My mom did not speak the best English since she had lived in Brazil her whole life, so she spoke to me in Portuguese, which became my first language. I remember her sitting me down with a notebook (which I still have) and a pencil and I had to write down and pronounce the sounds of the vowels and different letter combinations. Since I grew up bilingual, my mind was always switching on and off the two languages subconsciously, and as a little kid this sometimes was hard for me when I was at school."

"Learning Spanish connected me to my favorite content creators and music genre. My whole entire playlist is all Spanish songs, which has helped me with my anxiety and overall brightens my mood."

Read more about Isabelle's multilingual life here!

Join us at LCLC Language Stories and tell us about your language journey. All stories are posted on our website and every week we feature one language story in our LCLC newsletter!

 
   
 
 Teaching Synchronously : Synchronous interactive activities and tools
 LCSL 505 teaching with technology
 
LCSL 505: Teaching with Technology

The upcoming LCSL 505 session is April 2, 2021, from 3:00-4:45 online. The topic is “Teaching Synchronously: synchronous interactive activities and tools,” and the class will cover videoconferencing tools, synchronous group activities, how to engage students in an online environment, and more.

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend any LCSL 505 session: Join the class here!

See the Course Syllabus
 
   
 
Amaia Agraso Success Story 
 
 
Making Students Feel at Ease in online classes

"In the beginning of the class, we talk informally (and often in English) about our day, chat about series and films that we are watching, so they can feel at ease in our class. I remind them at the end of the class about the homework that they were supposed to submit for next day, email them before important assignments."

–Amaia Agraso, Teaching Assistant, Spanish BLP

Read more success stories

Please send us YOUR success story! What is working for you? What helped your students learn and retain information? What helps you AND your students feel productive and comfortable in a virtual environment? Share your success stories with us, and we will share your experiences with other UIC instructors!

Share your own success story
 
   
 
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A free language learning resource!

Learn vocabulary through watching films and series on Netflix!  There is a free Chrome extension for that! The Language Learning Netflix (LLN) Chrome extension is a great, free tool for your students.  It allows you to click on the subtitles and get a dictionary definition of each word. To find out more and to download the LLN, click here!

 
   
 
Online tools 
 
Workshop
 
On Demand!

Ask for your personalized workshop on any topic that interests you! Breakout rooms on Zoom or Collaborate? Narrated Powerpoint/Google Slides projects for your students? Microsoft Teams? Polls and surveys for in class and out? Let LCLC know and we will organize a tailored workshop for you and/or your team at a time convenient to you. No time to attend a workshop? Contact us and we will send you information and video(s) so you can watch and learn on your own time!

 
   
 
 Encourage 104 students to tutor
 
Call for 104 Students to peer tutor

Do you have any 104 students who would make great peer tutors next semester? Have them visit us at LCLC to find out how!

Have your 104 students apply for the Peer Tutor Apprentice Course (1 Credit) for Fall 2021. Click on the graphic for more information.

 
   
 
Online Informal Learning of Language : Time lost or learning gained? 
 
 
Online Informal Learning of Language: Time Lost or Learning Gained?

Are you a second or foreign language instructor or teacher? Have you used or thought of using online informal resources in the target language like movies, songs, videos, blogs, vlogs, games, or websites? Do you think these resources are useful for learning a language in its original form, or perhaps only when adopted for educational purposes?

Please share your opinion in this questionnaire and send it to other language educators who can share their opinions. As we move more than ever before to online worlds, your opinion is extremely valuable and timely! 

Find out more or go directly to the questionnaire.

 
   
 
 "How are we doing?" webpage with image of a table with promotional materials and information
 Click the image to complete the survey
 

How have we been doing so far? 

We’re interested in knowing how LCLC has been helpful for you and your team and how we can help further.

Take our very short survey and let us know how we’re doing and what you’d like to see for the future. We’re grateful for your feedback!

 
   
 
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!

 
 

(Don't see the calendar above? Click here.)

 
 
 
 
 
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