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March 8-12, 2021

 UIC LCLC Week 9 News
 In the picture: 2021 UIC Language Map (top), New LCLC Peer Tutors Chantelle (bottom-left), Yaneli (left), Paola (middle), and Abdallah (right), and a flyer for a special lecture on Italian women and Fascism on 3/12/2021 (bottom-right)

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Spring is in the air (well, almost)!

Welcome to the new apprentice tutors in Spanish, German, and French!  They started last week and will be tutoring for the rest of the semester. Tutors are all upper-level students, and they are proud to share what they’ve learned in your classes with more UIC students. Meet them here.

Put your multi-lingual self on the LCLC UIC Language Map! Fill out a very short form to put all the languages you speak and understand on the map. Our map celebrates the linguistic richness of the UIC community, and you can watch it blossom day by day as students, faculty, and staff represent the many languages of UIC.

Encourage anyone in the UIC community to contribute to the map by sending them this link (no personal information is collected). Questions? Contact and visit the Language and Culture Learning Center.

Workshops on demand! See below: we are happy to create a workshop for you as you adapt your class this semester and start thinking of summer and fall courses too:

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)


 Meet Alex, German peer tutor
Meet Alex, one of our German peer tutors!

Hallo! I am a sophomore pursuing a double degree in Germanic Studies and Public Policy with a minor in Criminology, Law, and Justice. I am from Columbus, Ohio and I lived in the dorms on campus when I was in Chicago. I am currently living with my family in Columbus. I learned German as a child but didn’t study it in school, so my language skills were basic “child-speak”. For the last few years, I have been working on strengthening my language skills. So, I understand what it is like to be constantly working on grammar and vocabulary memorization. I am excited to share the tips I have with other German students!

Kei Language Story 
LCLC language stories 
Share your language story!

My language story begins in Chicago, where I was born and raised in my native language, Japanese. I picked up English in daycare, preschool and the public school system and by the second grade, I became bilingual. I attended Japanese Saturday school through the third grade where I formally learned to read and write. Looking back, my mother did not insist I keep up with my Japanese in any particular way except to speak to me in the language. I picked up the interest in taking up the language on my own when, starting in the fifth grade, I visited my grandmother and uncles in Japan by myself during my summer vacations. I kept returning for the summer months every year all the way through high school. My love of the Japanese culture really blossomed with each of these visits, and in turn, my ability to read, write, and speak in Japanese stayed with me quite naturally.

Read more about Kei's love of Japanese and about how French enters her 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!

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

The upcoming LCSL 505 session is asynchronous. Friday, March 12, we will talk about best practices for asynchronous and synchronous interactive activities and tools.  

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

See the Course Syllabus
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Learning Vocab with the Language Learning Netflix Chrome extension

Learning vocabulary through watching films and series on Netflix: there is a free Chrome extension for that! The Language Learning Netflix (LLN) Chrome extension.

The LLN extension translates subtitles automatically. The "human" translator correctly translates idioms and produces more natural translations, and the "machine" translator does literal translations, which can help clarify sentence structures. LLN has a catalog of movies to choose from that have clear subtitles. Recommend this feature to your students to help grow their vocabulary, learn native phrases, and have a more interactive film viewing experience! Check out more about LLN here.

 Kahoot Exam Review with Kelsi Morefield
Kahoot Exam Review with Kelsi Morefield

I have been using Kahoot to create review games for each exam. It seems to really help students loosen up and laugh! Plus, the fact that it's a "competition" helps the students stay focused and think on their feet. For me as an instructor, it is really helpful to see the immediate feedback from each question. It allows me to see what my students are able to think through quickly, what takes a little more time, and what my students need more guidance on. On top of that, it's such an easy tool to use both for me and the students (a lot of students know this tool from high school!), and I couldn't recommend it more to other instructors.

-Kelsi Morefield, German 101 TA

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
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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.

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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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