Spring Fever, Student registration push, Your students for peer tutoring in Fall 2021
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April 12-16, 2021

 News from the LCLC Spring 2021
 In the picture: image of flowers from LCLC Peer Tutoring Instagram (top); LCLC peer tutors Nikki (middle-right) and Abdallah (middle-left); image from a LCLC Peer Tutoring Blog post on the French political concept of laïcité (bottom)

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Save the date: 2021 Chicago Language Symposium (on Zoom!) Saturday, April 17. FREE early registration by April 12. This year’s topic is Peer Collaboration and Second Language Learning: Innovations and Reflections

Keynote: Peer learning in L1 and L2: Teaching foreign language with Concept-Based Language Instruction (C-BLI)

​Speaker: Dr. Amy Snyder Ohta​, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics/Japanese, University of Washington, Seattle.

*Note presentations by our own Xuehua Xiang, Duosi Meng, and Dolly Weber.

More information on the website (including free late registration). The annual Chicago Language Symposium is co-sponsored by LCLC UIC, Northwestern, U of Chicago, and DePaul, which is hosting this year’s virtual conference.

UIC Fall 2021 registration is ongoing: Show your students how the skills they learn in your classes can make them stronger candidates for any job with a Career Day or a Resume Building Day. LCLC can help you set that up! Many students don’t realize how their language skills can be an asset in marketing, health care, the legal field, all levels of management, HR, etc., and most students have very basic resumes. Giving students an idea about the possibilities that their language skills open for them and helping them polish their resumes are two very practical ways to help students succeed and encourage them to continue in LCSL language, linguistics, culture and literature classes. Contact lclc@uic.edu for tips on how to set up a Career Day for your upper- or lower-level classes.

Peer tutoring Fall 2021: Job skills for tutors, extra support for 100-level students in French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Encourage your upper-level or 104 students to fill out the short application  and find out more on the Peer Tutoring website. This one-credit class includes training and hands-on tutoring, and looks great on their resume.

Spring Fever? Take a mini-vacation with  LCLC Peer Tutoring Instagram, where peer tutors have been exploring culture in the Spanish-speaking, German-speaking, Italian-speaking, and French-speaking world. This week, the Grundgesetz, Casapueblo in Maldonado, Uruguay, the French #metoo movement (#balancetonporc), and the Italian film Martin Eden (free April 9-11).

Scroll down for lots more from the LCLC, including your own online teaching success stories: submit yours anytime.



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

Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office)


Encourage 104 students to tutor 

Do you have any 104, 200- or 300-level students who would make great peer tutors next semester? Have them visit us at LCLC to find out how!

Share the word about Peer Tutoring and invite your 104, 200- or 300-level students to apply for the Peer Tutor Apprentice Course (1 Credit) for Fall 2021. Click on the graphic for more information.

 Daisy, Spanish Tutor
Meet Daisy, one of our Spanish peer tutors!

Hello! I am a first-generation college student in my last year here at UIC, studying Spanish with a concentration in linguistics. I am a transfer student and I’ve been a commuter for the past 2 years. Growing up I struggled learning English as my second language, so I know what it is like to learn a new language. One tip: if you’re just starting to learn a new language it’s always a great idea to watch movies or TV shows with Spanish subtitles. As a peer tutor I’ll share my language experience and help you with any challenges you might be facing with Spanish.

Chris, B.S. in Math and Computer Science, 1985 
In the image: Photos of UIC campus from the early 80s (left, center) and a church in Montreal from 2019 (right) 
Share your language story, too!

"I liked French and continued with intermediate French literature classes at UIC. I still have the novels I read in those classes! After UIC, I let French lapse for a few years. Then I got transferred to work with a NATO organization for the US Air Force in Germany. My landlords and neighbors spoke no English, the local girls I dated also spoke no English, so I learned German. The local triathlon club president did not speak English but many of the under 30 team members did and insisted on speaking English to me and having me answer them in German! For my USAF work I often had to interact and set up conferences in NATO countries and the language of choice was French."

- Chris, B.S. in Math and Computer Science, 1985

Read more about Chris'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!

 LCSL 505: Summative Assessment Tools, Cheating and Plagiarism prevention
 LCSL 505 teaching with technology
LCSL 505: Teaching with Technology

The upcoming LCSL 505 session (last one for this semester!) is April 23, 2021, from 3:00-4:45 online. The topics are summative assessment tools that incorporate written and oral components, as well as how to prevent cheating & plagiarism in an online learning environment.

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

See the Course Syllabus
Chiara Fabbian Success Story 
After-class discussion

I created longer sessions and stayed in class a while after the class ended, to allow students to casually ask questions/chat. I created short slides, sometimes even 1 page, that I could easily upload in break out rooms. We also tried to discuss life in general, to make sure that students felt supported all the way.

-Chiara Fabbian, Clinical Professor, Director of the Italian Program, Director of Undergraduate Studies (Italian)

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 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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