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 CLCL Spaces

The CLCL has added PH 120's "living room" space to the reservable spaces we manage in Phillips Hall. This space is great for events or presentations by faculty, staff, and student organizations. Our other spaces include the computer labs in PH 17, 18, and 18A. All of these spaces can be reserved via the CLCL Spaces in Phillips Hall form. You can also access this form using the button at our Facilities page on the CLCL website. If you have any questions, let Andy Lewis know!


The CLCL's Multimedia Room features podcasting equipment! Faculty have used many of the CLCL's spaces when incorporating assignments that require more creativity on the part of the student. With a room dedicated to working on podcast-like activities, we hope to make it easier for you to implement projects such as these in your courses. We can even come to your classes and train students on some of the software you might need! If you have questions, contact Jack Doden.


World LEAP Act

The JNCL-NCLIS (Joint National Committee for Languages and National Council for Languages and International Studies) is excited to announce the introduction of the World Language Education Assistance Program (World LEAP) Act, which will establish the first K-12 world language and dual language education grants program at the U.S. Department of Education in over 14 years. Many faculty members are interested in working with or have already worked with K-12 language programs and knowing about this resource might be a further way to help support these programs. For more information, see their post about the act and a helpful infographic with the most important information!


FLTMAG recently published the article Hacking Your LMS: Making Ungrading More User-friendly by Andie Faber (Kansas State University) and Christina Beaubien (Westfield State University). They discuss ungrading, an approach to evaluation that differs from traditional grading systems in that it's not overly concerned with percentages or points. Rather, it focuses on progress based on student-determined goals. However, embracing or incorporating ideas from ungrading can prove difficult in an LMS like Canvas/ICON. While ungrading may not be for you, the article provides interesting ideas about grading and how to work around some Canvas/ICON limitations.



Director Claire Frances works with faculty and staff to support language education throughout the Division. Recently, she has been working with faculty to ensure that websites represent the vision of the department and remain visitor-friendly.

Claire also 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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