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March 1-5, 2021

 LCLC Week 8 News
 In the picture: UIC Language Map from 2017 (top) ; Italian event "School as Family, and Magazines as Social" (bottom right)

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

In this week’s newsletter:

It’s Mother Language Day and you can help celebrate the linguistic richness of the UIC community by contributing your own experience to the LCLC Language Map

What language(S) do you and your students speak, understand, dream in, learn?  

To put yourself on the map, click here (no personal information is collected), and choose the language(S) that are part of your life.

To see the map, and the many languages that students, faculty, and staff speak, understand, dream in, are learning now:  LCLC Language Map.

The map will continually update, so visit often to see it grow across the globe.

Encourage your students and colleagues to contribute to the map by sending them this link.  

Interested in how languages at UIC may have changed in the last 4 years?  Take a look at the 2017 LCLC Language Map.  

We aim to get even more people to respond in 2021, so please share the link to contribute widely with UIC students, faculty, and staff!


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

Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office)


Mautise, French Peer Tutor 
Meet Mautise, one of our French Tutors!

Bonjour tout le monde!! I am a sophomore Biology major with a minor in French. Once I graduate from UIC, I plan to become a Physician’s Assistant. I live with my family in Manhattan, a tiny town about an hour from Chicago. I transferred from Joliet Junior College to UIC this fall, and due to covid-19, I have never been on campus. I currently work two jobs, Amazon and JCPenney, for 35-40 hours a week. I know it is difficult to work and go to school online, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I was born in Haiti and came to the USA in 2010 after the 2010 earthquake. I chose to study French because once I came to the USA, I forgot my native language, Haitian Creole. Here at UIC, I started in French 104, French is very similar to Haitian Creole and I wanted to reconnect with my native roots. I have fallen in love with the language. I want to be a French tutor because I know how difficult and stressful it is to learn another language; I want to alleviate some of the stress and pressure that students face when learning another language as well as make the process as enjoyable and as simple as possible, by helping students find the best way to be proactive and study. I am looking forward to seeing you at the online French tutoring sessions!

 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 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
 Anita Skarpathiotis Online Teaching Tips
Online teaching tips from Anita

I used a whiteboard and taught my language classes on zoom with all students having their microphones and videos open so that we were all communicating synchronously while I wrote on the whiteboard and students were taking notes, asking questions, and practicing the language just as when we were face to face in class. Students loved it...and they learned well!

While lecturing Modern Greek Culture on BB, I played recordings of poetry, literature, and music... It worked very well because students commented very positively afterward.

- Prof. Anita Skarpathiotis, Senior Lecturer of Modern Greek, Classics and Mediterranean Studies

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.

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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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