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February 22-26, 2021

 LCLC Week 7 News
 In the picture: Online Korean Conversation Hour (top left) ; Cascarones (top right) ; LCLC French tutors Laurie (right) and Nikki (bottom left)

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

In this week’s newsletter:

Pabellón Criollo, anyone? Our peer tutors are serving up recipes, travel tips, language fun facts, music recommendations, film reviews, and more on LCLC Peer Tutoring Instagram and the Peer Tutoring Blog. Take a minute to enjoy their creativity!

Google sheets and Google Slides for breakout groupshave you tried them? Contact us and we’ll show you how to use them to guide your students through think/pair/share activities at every level, from 101 to 500.

Workshops on demand: You have a topic to explore, LCLC staff will meet with you at your convenience.  

Out of ideas? Looking to wake up students dragging from our long winter of pandemic, Arctic Freeze, and cabin fever? Shoot us an email and we’ll connect with you. You can also explore our Instructor Resources and Online Success Stories (and please share your own!).

Do you use informal resources in your teaching? Please consider answering a survey and helping Iwona Lech, LCLC Postdoctoral Fellow, with her research, see below!


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

Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office)
Nate, German Peer Tutor 
Meet Nate, one of our German Tutors!

I am a student in the Teaching of History Program, in my third year here at UIC. I am also minoring in anthropology as well as German. I began to learn German in high school but did not finish with German 104 until my first semester here. In my personal experience, I have always grown in my language abilities after a tutoring session and I would absolutely love to help other peers succeed in the way I have.

 LCLC language stories
 LCLC language stories
Share your language story!

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!

LCSL 505 teaching with technology 
LCSL 505 teaching with technology 
LCSL 505: Teaching with Technology

The upcoming LCSL 505 session meets Friday, February 26, 3-4 p.m. We will talk about best practices for asynchronous and synchronous interactive activities and formative assessment. 

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

See the Course Syllabus
 Blackboard Tests
Quizzes as Learning Tools

1) I created weekly and daily modules on BB so that the students knew exactly what they needed to do.  2) I created many quizzes in BB. I set them up so that after submitting answers the students saw correct/incorrect feedback and were allowed multiple attempts. I wanted to use the quizzes not for assessments but as learning tools. I think I can say that it was successful.  3) I created many VoiceThread Listening/speaking activities. I think the students who actually worked on it enjoyed them.

-Mika Obana Changet
Lecturer and Japanese Basic Language Coordinator, Linguistics

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 online success story
Online tools 
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!

 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 
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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!


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