Meet the new Peer Tutors, put your language(s) on the LCLC UIC Language Map, and drop in with any questions!
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March 15-19, 2021

 News from the LCLC Spring 2021
 In the picture: 2021 UIC Language Map (top); UIC student Elma (left); LCLC tutors Alex (upper-center), Lars (lower-center), and Lainey (bottom); images from LCLC Peer Tutoring Instagram (right)

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Dreaming of Spring Break? How about taking a little “vacation” before then? Spend a happy half hour this week engaging with some LCLC projects.

Meet the new LCLC Peer Tutors in Spanish, German, and French. They are your upper-level students, and they are eager to work with your 100-level students. 100-level students in these languages can connect with online peer tutoring M-F from 9-1.

Mini-Vacation: Browse LCLC Peer Tutor Instagram and expand your cultural horizons by finding out about Los Terkos, Berlin’s Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art, Los Saicos from Lima, Peru, and the French #Metoo movement (#Balancetonporc).

Put yourself and your students on the LCLC UIC Language Map. So far students, faculty, staff, and alumni have mapped:

  • 15 languages being learned, including Polish!
  • 47 languages spoken, but no Basque so far!
View the map here, and encourage your students and colleagues to show pride in their multi-lingual lives by putting their language(s) on the map. It’s a one-question form, and no personal information is collected.

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

Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office)


 Yaneli, Spanish Peer Tutor
Meet Yaneli, one of our Spanish peer tutors!

Hello! This is my third year at UIC: my major is Integrated Health Studies and I’m also minoring in Spanish. I work about 25 hours a week at my family’s business and hope to become a Physician’s Assistant. I grew up speaking and learning English and Spanish both at home and at school. I do however feel more confident in English, and understand that another language such as Spanish can be difficult at times. I often ask my family members or friends for help, it’s definitely a learning process! But it allows me to grow and learn, as I’d hope to do with others. I’ve always enjoyed knowing two languages, because it allows me to talk and connect with more people, help others, expand my mind and appreciate life more. Helping my other students understand and appreciate the Spanish language is a goal of mine because knowing languages gives opportunity, knowledge, and even consciousness.

Elma language story 
LCLC language stories 
Share your language story!

"I enjoy doing a lot of things in each language! I enjoy reading books or looking at memes in French, reading comic books or watching some videos in German, watching TV shows in Turkish, watching movies and TV shows in English, and listening to music in Arabic! (For the ones wondering, yes I do have an Arabic playlist on Spotify, it's called “arabiii” by elma.baki, and I also highly recommend any Fairuz song if you want to enjoy a more classical Arabic sound).

Languages also help you connect with many people. When I am with my family, I speak Arabic with them; my siblings and I however always speak French together. I have many friends, some I speak Arabic with, some English, some French and some all three at the same time! They also help you connect with locals when you visit certain countries, especially when the locals don’t speak English very well."

Read more about Elma'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 will be after Spring Break on Friday, 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
Angela Betancourt Success Story 
Breakout groups and class recordings

"Students appreciated the use of breakout groups during class sessions. They also appreciated that class sessions were recorded in case they had internet issues at the time of class that prevented them from attending synchronously."

-Angela Betancourt, Visiting Lecturer & Senior Coordinator of the Spanish Heritage Language Program

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
 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!


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