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For the week of September 19, 2016

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Hefei, China by Lexi Wang


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 11-13! 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: deadline for submissions is Sept. 26th.

Mark your calendars! THIS 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.

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 WEDNESDAY September 21st 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.

Weekly Workshop - Collect, Grade, and Check Student Work for Plariarism with Blackboard Do your students write papers, create media, or complete other assignments that you need to collect? If so, the Blackboard Assignment feature is for you. Using Blackboard Assignments, you can paperlessly and easily collect students' work, keep track of who has turned what in, check for plagiarism with SafeAssign, and even securely read, comment on – using typed and written notes, underlining, highlighting, and more! - and grade student work. Best of all you can always have access to these assignments in one centralized location. This week’s workshop will show you all the possibilities of this feature and help you use it effectively in your courses. 

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: Collect, Grade, and Check Student Work for Plariarism with Blackboard
Week of September 19th - September 23rd

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Have you ever considered using social media as a classroom tool? Having students create fake social media profiles can be a great way to practice writing and analytical skills. For lower level langauge students, you could have them create their own profile and short post history detailing a typical week. In more advanced classes, you could have students create a Facebook profile for the protaganist of a story they've read. They would have to gather not only facts, but also summarize the character well enough to complete an "About me" from the perspective of that charcter. Or, you could have them work in groups to create a post history retelling the story of a film they're analyzing in class.

To do this, you don't need anything fancy - you can just take the structure of your perferred media program and turn it into a Google doc like this. Or, for something more visually interesting, you can use a fake profile generator like Fakebook or Profile Publisher, or a Google Slides template like this one.

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, 10:20-10:50 
flag of Poland
Polish, 12-1
 flag of Russian
Russian, 12-1
 flag of Germany
German, 12-1
 Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, 12-1
flag of France
French, 12-1
Spanish ene
Spanish, 1-2
  flag of Greece
Greek, 1-2
  flag of South Korea
Korean, 2-3
flag of Italy
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 19th

flag of France Les Lyonnais (2011) A Gang Story - MONDAY, September 19th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Loosely based on a true story, the film is about a former bank robber named Edmond "Momon" Vidal who is forced to look into his past as the leader of the most notorious armed robbery gangs of the early 1970s when his best friend and former partner in crime comes out of hiding to seek his help. Directed by Olivier Marchal.

flag of Germany Er ist wieder da (2015) Look Who's Back - WEDNESDAY, September 21st, 3:00-5:00 PM
Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.

Polish flag image, small Blood of a Poet x33 (2007) Glass Lips - THURSDAY, September 22nd, 1:00-3:00 PM
This dialog-free film, originally presented as 33 short films, is an experimental, bizarre set of meditations and flashbacks of the grotesque. Directed by Lech Majewski.

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, and posts on a website asking for advice every step of the way. Directed by Shôsuke Murakami.

flag of Russian Igla (1988) The Needle - FRIDAY, September 23rd, 3:00-5:00 PM
The film follows the story of Moro, a drifter who tracks down a drug-dealer who had made his girlfriend into an addict. Directed by Rashid Nugmanov. 

Week of September 26th

flag of France Mon Pere Ce Heros (1991) My Father the Hero - MONDAY, September 26th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Véronique, living with her divorced mother, is going on holiday to Mauritius with her father. To impress a local boy, Benjamin, she manages to complicate the situation by making up stories about her father. She presents him as her lover, a mercenary and even a secret agent which gets her into trouble and then her father has to start playing along... Directed by Gerard Lauzier. 

Polish flag image, small Córki Dansingu (2015) The Lure - THURSDAY, September 29th, 1:00-3:00 PM
In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city. Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska.

flag of Japan Papurika (2006) Paprika - FRIDAY, September 30th, 1:00-3:00 PM
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. Directed by Satoshi Kon.


Cultural Events in the City

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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Next week's Cultural Events

flag of Italy Accabadora by Michela Murgia [Book Club] - TUESDAY, September 27th, 6:00-9:00 PM
Accabadora is set in a time where family ties and obligations still decide much of life's ebb and flow. Guests wishing to participate in this event should read the book in advance and come prepared to discuss it.
Fee: Free
Location:Italian Cultural Institute, Suite 1450, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
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flag of Japan Japanese Green Tea Tasting at TeaGschwendner [Tasting] - THURSDAY, September 29th, 6:00-7:30 PM
Enjoy 4 different Japanese teas all while experiencing their diverse look and taste. Aga Rapacz, the owner of TeaGschwendner since 2012, will also give a bried presentation on the history of Japanese teas.
Fee: $15 JASC & JCC Members, $20 Non-Members, Space limited to 15.
Location: TeaGschwendner, 557 W Diversey Parkway, Chicago IL 60614
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