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Who We Are

LCLC Director: Elizabeth Dolly Weber, Ph.D. Heading link

LCLC Director: Elizabeth Dolly Weber, Ph.D.

Dr. Weber has been directing the LCLC since 2010.  In addition to working with faculty and graduate students to help find the appropriate technology for each situation, her particular interest is in projects that provide opportunities for student choice, creativity, and collaboration in and beyond the classroom: mapping for language, literature,and culture classes; wikis for writing and note-taking; blogs to foster interest and engagement.  She is also Language Program Director for the French Basic Language Program in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.

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LCLC Postdoctoral Research Associate: Juanita Calvo Heading link

Juanita Calvo

Juanita Calvo is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies working on her dissertation on literature by hijos in the aftermath of Argentina’s military dictatorship. She’s also an accomplished language instructor with experience at the secondary and post-secondary level and in curriculum design and administration. Her research interests include contemporary Latin-American and Latinx literature, language pedagogy, and language peer tutoring.

LCLC Research Assistant: Alexis Berles Heading link

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Alexis is a second year PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics. She is interested in examining the role of individual differences (IDs) in adult second language acquisition (SLA) and the cognitive processes underlying second language learning. Other interests include investigating the impact of ambient linguistic diversity and variation of the monolingual experience and SLA. Prior to coming to UIC, Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Spanish with minors in Biology and History from Coker University and her Master of Arts in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Florida. In her free time Alexis enjoys exploring all of the amazing restaurants of Chicago, watching HBO, and spending time with her dog.

LCLC Research Assistant: Brian Zdancewicz Heading link

LCLC Research Assistant: Brian Zdancewicz

Brian Zdancewicz completed an MA in Polish, Russian, and Central and Eastern European Studies in Spring 2020, and is now working on a PhD with UIC’s Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies. He is interested in semantics and semiotics, comparative and historical linguistics, linguistic typology, Eastern European languages and cultures, experimental and avant-garde music and visual art, as well as exploring different perspectives from which to perceive art, language, meaning, reality, and human experience. Brian also spends time producing abstract drawings, listening to history podcasts, and pursuing a variety of musical projects.

LCLC Research Assistant: Stephanie Beauval Heading link

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Stephanie is pursuing her MA in French and Francophone studies. She is interested in theater, francophone literature, cinematography, and visual arts. Prior to coming to UIC, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French with a minor in Art History from Loyola University Chicago. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exploring the Chicago food scene, visiting museums, and watching French movies.

LCLC Research Assistant: Tania Herrera Anaya Heading link


Tania is pursuing her MA in French and Francophone studies. She is passionate about languages, teaching and culture. She holds a bachelor degree in foreign languages, English and French. Tania is interested in exploring the world of language teaching and learning about new teaching techniques. In her free time, Tania loves hiking, riding her bike, and trying new food.