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For the week of September 12, 2016

German Conversation Hour

Students play a game during last week's Kaffeestunde (German Conversation Hour).


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

CFP: Calling all LCSL teachers! Submit a proposal for the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities, on the UIC campus November 12-13! The Digital Humanities = everything from using corpora with your students to creating wikis to help your students analyze literature or think through historical facts to designing databases -- and much more. Many LCSL teachers do the Digital Humanities:  submit a proposal for the Colloquium!  CFP and more information about the Colloquium HERE:

TechTeach is an annual conference for UIC faculty and staff that highlights innovative techniques and tools along with the most effective use of technology in teaching and learning. Proposals for presentations, workshops, labs, and posters will be accepted through THIS FRIDAY September 16th here:
Not interested in presenting but want to learn more? Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 15th and attend this FREE event held in Student Center East.

Mark your calendars! NEXT FRIDAY (9/23) at 4PM in Library I-470, Janice Aski (Professor and Director of the Italian Language Program, The Ohio State University - will give a professional development workshop entitled “Active learning and cognitive engagement from input to output.” The presentation will focus on how to organize activities, grammar presentations and PowerPoint presentations to maximize student cognitive engagement with the material and support active learning. Light refreshments will be served. This workshop is free and open to the public. No registration is required. 

Weekly Workshop - Blogs, Wikis, Journals, or Video Blogs? Looking for the best way for your students to do end-of-the-semester projects? Is an individualized blog what you need? Or does a collaborative wiki better fit your assignment? Maybe you want something more interactive using video? This week’s workshop will help you decide what Blackboard tool – wikis, blogs,journals, or video blogs – best fit your needs and show you how to set it up. Bring your questions, syllabus, project ideas!

Can't make the scheduled workshop times below? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office:

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Blogs, Wikis, Journals, or Video Blogs?
Week of September 12th - September 16th

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Need a quick timer for a classroom activity? Just use your classroom computer and type “timer” (no quotes) followed by the desired time interval into Google. The timer will start automatically, display a countdown (that can be set to fullscreen mode for increased visibility), and beep when time is up. This is a great little trick to keep your class moving with very little distraction!

You can use a similar technique to do math (e.g., “(17/20)*100”), look up a word’s definition (e.g., “define grammar”), or convert units of measurement (e.g., “12 kilos in pounds”).

Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure how to make it work? Is there a technology that you’d like to learn more about or possibly use in your course? The LCLC is here to help! We have tech tools for every kind of project and can help you find the best way to integrate them effectively and meaningfully into your teaching. Email us at with all your questions!

Did you travel over the summer? Are you an amateur photographer? The LCLC is always looking for new photos to add to the LCLC newsletter, Grant Hall slideshow, and LCLC website. If you have pictures of any country or region whose language / culture we teach in the LSCL that you'd like to share, please send them to
UIC LCLC Facebook and Twitter! Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Facebook page and Twitter feed. Stay up-to-date with LCLC happenings--promoting our pages is a good way to ensure your students know about your conversation hour or film series.

We also encourage you and your students to participate in our weekly events in 308 Grant Hall, listed below and on our calendar: All events at the LCLC are free and open to students of all levels. To request 308 for your cultural event, click here.


All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Arabic, 12-1
     flag of Japan
Japanese, 10-11  
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Polish, 12-1
 flag of Russian
Russian, 12-1
 flag of Germany
German, 12-1
 Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, 12-1
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French, 12-1
Spanish ene
Spanish, 1-2
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Greek, 1-2
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Korean, 2-3
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Italian, 2-3

Scroll down to see our featured Cultural Events in the Chicago area, and if you know of an event you think would fit, please send it to us by 9AM on Friday mornings and we'll include it in our Monday newsletter.

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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at 


All films are sub-titled in English.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend all films! Here's the complete calendar for films and conversation hours.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

 Week of September 12th

flag of France Les femmes de l'ombre (2008) Female Agents - MONDAY, September 12th, 2:00-4:00 PM
In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British… Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé. 

Polish flag image, small Polish Film TBA - THURSDAY, September 15th, 1:00-3:00 PM

flag of Japan Shimotsuma Monogatari (2004) Kamikaze Girls - FRIDAY, September 16th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town. Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima.

Week of September 19th

flag of France Les Lyonnais (2011) A Gang Story - MONDAY, September 19th, 2:00-4:00 PM
After growing up in a poor gypsy camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon, has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained friends with Serge … Directed by Olivier Marchal.

Polish flag image, smallPolish Film TBA - THURSDAY, September 22nd, 1:00-3:00 PM

flag of Germany German Film TBA - THURSDAY, September 22nd, 3:00-5:00 PM

flag of Japan Densha Otoko (2005) Train Man - FRIDAY, September 23rd, 1:00-3:00 PM
The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train. The otaku ultimately begins dating one of the women … Directed by Shosuke Murakami.

flag of Russian Igla (1988) The Needle - FRIDAY, September 23rd, 3:00-5:00 PM
Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina, and discovers she has become a morphine addict... Directed by Rashid Nugmanov.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of China The Legend of Chang'e [Performance] - THURSDAY, September 15th, 6:00 PM
A visual telling of this story through Chinese dance, ballet and martial arts. Enjoy music, dance, and food celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival, the second grandest holiday in China, when friends and families come together to enjoy the harvest and celebrate the moon, a symbol of unity.

Fee: Free for Illinois residents, non-Illinois students $19, adults $25
Location: Griffin Court (Modern Wing) - Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Click here for more information.

flag of France Le Vin Herbé / The Love Potion [Opera & Panel] - THURSDAY, September 15th, 6:30 PM 
Talk and sample performance, in English. With a mystical and haunting score by Swiss composer Frank Martion, Le Vin Herbé, an opera that premiered in 1942, is based on the epic story of Tristan and Isolde, the fateful lovers who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue their love in defiance of heavenly and earthly powers.
Fee: Members free, $10 Non-Members 
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 
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Next week's Cultural Events

flag of Germany O Som ao Redor / Neighboring Sounds [Lecture Series] - TUESDAY, September 20th, 6:00 PM
This episodic story is set on one rapidly changing block in the city of Recife, where an old aristocrat in a flashy mansion attempts to maintain his hold on a fiefdom increasingly dense with paranoid high-rise-dwelling yuppies and under the protection of a questionable security firm. Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Fee: $7 Students, $5 Members, $11 Non-Members
Location:Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601
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flag of Germany German Cinema Now - Kebab Connection [Film] - FRIDAY, September 23rd, 7:30 PM
Ibo is a young Turkish-German man who is an aspiring filmmaker. A clash of cultures and pre-parental anxiety ensues after Ibo's German girlfriend, Titzi, announces that she's pregnant. 
Movie will be shown in German with English subtitles.
Fee: Free - Bar, snacks and German candy available for purchase
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
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