In the picture: images from the LCLC Peer Tutoring instagram of Argentinian alfajores (left) and Marie de France (bottom left); LCLC Peer Tutors Sofiya (top right) and Paola (right); Online Arabic Conversation Hour (bottom right)
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Last week of classes!
LCLC will be open this summer to help you prepare for Fall. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your projects!
Pause to refresh with LCLC peer tutor blogs and Insta—read about Zacatecas (American Capital of Culture 2021), Louis de Funès (king of French slapstick), the Naschmarkt (open in Vienna since the 1780s), and the difference between an aperitivo and a digestivo.
See below for Professor Margaret Miner’s joyful first encounter with French in 7th grade, and read stories from students, staff, and alumni about their experiences with language(s). Share your own story here: My UIC Language StorieS.
Best wishes for the end of the semester and a happy summer—see you there!
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Guten Tag! I am a Junior with a Germanic Studies major and an Art History minor. I am from Darien, IL, a suburb near Naperville. Being a commuter student as well as being a student in the Honors College, I understand what it’s like to have a packed schedule. However, German and language learning is one of the things that brings me joy. I started learning German in high school and have fallen in love with it since then. Having taken German at the 104 level at UIC, I’ve been able to learn many different ways to refine my German, such as tricks to keep track of the grammar rules and vocabulary. I look forward to sharing my tips with others as well as sharing the fun that German language learning can bring!
LCLC German tutor Emma gives tips to beginner language learners
Margaret Miner, Associate Professor, UIC French and Francophone Studies, in Honfleur, France
“Growing up in Cheyenne, WY, I couldn't begin studying French—something that for no particular reason I'd always been eager to do—until I was twelve, in seventh grade. Fortunately, I was then blessed with a very gifted teacher named Keith Norton, to whom I will always be fervently grateful.”
- Margaret Miner, Associate Professor, UIC French and Francophone Studies
Read prof. Miner's full language story here, and feel free to check out other stories while you're there!
Grad students, the one-credit class LCSL 505, Teaching with technology/online teaching is open for registration for Fall 2021! (See below for a link to the Spring 2021 syllabus.) Even as we move gradually back to in-person learning, it is good to know what online and digital tools can help improve your students’ learning. If you’re curious, please email us with any questions.
“What works for me: Carefully selected real-world materials which the students explore independently after a videotaped orientation. Also successful: spoken presentation of student work and feedback from peers via VoiceThread’s voice comments.”
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!
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?
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!