We hope the semester has gotten off to as good a start as it could!


The CLCL is here to help you!

Our collective spaces, equipment, and experience in the classroom can help you implement creative and engaging projects or put on interesting events. If you need help executing an idea or if you want to talk through an idea to determine how the CLCL can help, let us know!


Reserving PH Computer Labs

The CLCL has taken over reservation of PH 18 and PH 18A to make the process of booking Phillips Hall computer labs more consistent. To reserve PH 17 (CALL Lab), PH 18, or PH 18A, complete this form, which can be found at the top of our Computer Labs page on the CLCL Website. The website and the form also include links to calendars for these rooms so you can see what days are already taken. This is not necessary, but may save you some time by not having to go back and forth with us in the CLCL to determine a time that works. If you have any questions, let Andy Lewis know!

New Multimedia Room

Room 120D in the CLCL has been renamed the Multimedia Room. Formally just the One-Button Studio (OBS), we have updated it to include soundproofing and more equipment so that it now functions as our Podcasting Studio, as well. We are excited about this because it allows us to provide a space for students to get really creative! As more and more classes have begun to implement creative projects that include podcasting as a component, we hope to see classes use this space more! If you have any questions about the technology or about reserving the room, contact Jack Doden.


IWLA Conference 2023 in Des Moines

The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA)'s annual conference will be held Oct. 6th-7th on the DMAAC Campus. The theme is "Refresh, Refocus, Recharge." This is an excellent local professional development opportunity and a good way to start considering new tools in your teaching repertoire. A.C. Quintero will give the keynote address entitled "Lens on Equity in World Language Education." There is still time to register with various options depending on your level of interest!

Machine Translation and Language Instruction

Machine translation in language learning classrooms has been a source of tension for quite some time, with many educators considering its use as cheating, laziness, or an impediment to learning. On Sept. 25th, Kimberly Vinall and Emily Hellmich of the University of California, Berkeley will present on these assumptions and how machine translation can be useful in language learning. With growing concerns over AI, this talk may alleviate some of that stress and turn these programs into tools. You can register here if you're interested in attending.

Upcoming Event

Join Elke Heckner (Department of German) and colleagues Esther Dischereit (German Jewish poet, author, and performer based in Berlin, Germany) and Daniel Reynolds (Department of German, Grinnell College) for a reading and panel discussion. The event is titled "Acting Against Anti-Semitic Hatred: Insights from the Past for the Present" and will take place this coming Tuesday, Sept. 26th from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm in the Iowa City Public Library.

For more information, see the Events Calendar entry here.


Forgot who we are?


Director Claire Frances oversees three concierges who are assigned to a department and have additional special projects. They can help with tech and ICON issues, website updates, and event scheduling, to name a few of our services. Ultimately, we're all here to support you! If you have any questions, you can e-mail your (or just a) concierge at any time!

Jack Doden
Departments: Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Linguistics
Projects: Virtual Reality, Podcasting, CLCL Spaces and Equipment

Andy Lewis
Departments: French and Italian, German, International Studies, Translation
Projects: Newsletter, Computer Labs, Directed Independent Language Study (DiLS)

Luke Whitaker
Departments: Spanish and Portuguese, Latin American Studies
Projects: Iowa Intersections

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