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Florencia Henshaw has productive fall semester as new director of the Center for Language Instruction and Coordination

11/28/2017  8:00 am

Florencia Henshaw, Director of Advanced Spanish for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is also the new Director of the Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (http://www.clic.illinois.edu/).

Describing itself as “the hub for language teaching and learning” at the U of I, the center came into existence in fall 2015 as a unit within the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. CLIC offers services to all language faculty, teaching assistants and students in areas related to language teaching. 

“The Center would not be as successful as it is today without the continuous support of SLCL faculty and staff, as well as other Centers and Units across campus,” says Henshaw.

“We have had a very productive Fall 2017,” she adds, citing a number of well-attended events, such as interactive panel discussions, the annual Language Teaching Share Fair, and a career workshop for graduate students.

Henshaw says that she is excited about initiatives planned for Spring 2018, which include monthly webinars, awards for graduate students and faculty, and a “Festival of Languages” for high school students to experience the languages and cultures housed within SLCL.

She is also currently busy promoting and advertising the School’s bi-annual Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP) classes, which for winter this year will be held from Jan. 2-12. Registration by Friday, Dec. 15 is strongly encouraged. Classes are open to U of I students, faculty, staff and retirees, as well as the general public, and meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day, for two weeks, except holidays, and are taught by advanced graduate students or faculty. Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy, and no academic credit.

This year, IFLIP is offering ESL Conversation classes in addition to many other foreign languages. For Summer 2018, CLIC is looking to expand IFLIP course offerings and formats, including a 5-week option as well as fully online classes.

For more about IFLIP or to register: http://www.slcl.illinois.edu/outreach/iflip/

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