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For the week of September 26, 2016

LCSL instructors and students introduce UIC's language programs to prospective students at the 2016 UIC Open House.

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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Today is the last day to 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:

Weekly Workshop - YouTube 101. If you’ve never thought about YouTube as a teaching tool, this workshop is for you! We’ll show you not just how to upload video, but also edit it, and add subtitles, notes, and music. Want to share videos with your students? We’ll show you how to add them to Blackboard for easy viewing. We’ll also look at how to create playlists of multiple videos to show in class or assign for student viewing at home and how to have students collaborate to create a playlist - ideal for all sorts of tasks from creating a cultural database to reconstructing a narrative in video form.

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: YouTube 101
Week of September 19th - September 23rd

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Do you use Sharestream for audio activities in Blackboard? If so, SoundCloud ( is a great alternative that loads fasterand doesn’t take over students’ browser while they’re listening. This is great for listening comprehension and dictation activities because they can listen and complete the exercise at the same time.

To create a SoundCloud account all you need is an email address (make up a new one with Gmail!). Then upload your audio, select the settings you want - we recommend private - and add an image if you’d like. To add it to Blackboard, just click the share button, select Embed, and follow these simple directions for embedding objects in Blackboard.

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
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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 26th

flag of France Mon Père Ce Héros (1991) My Father the Hero - MONDAY, September 26th, 2:00-4:00 PM
A teenage girl on vacation in the Bahamas with her divorced father tries to impress a potential boyfriend by saying that her father is actually her lover. Directed by Gérard 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. 

Week of October 3rd

flag of France Todo Saldrà Bien (2015) Everything Will be Fine - MONDAY, October 3rd, 2:00-4:00 PM
Isabel reunites with her sister Mercedes at the family home long ago she abandoned, to be present at the death of her mother. But reality is that the moment never comes and starts to become an emergency: the economic situation depends Isabel’s return to Madrid. Directed by Jesús Ponce. 

flag of Germany Der Tatortreiniger (2012) Crime Scene Cleaner - TUESDAY, October 4th, 3:30-5:30 PM
The bizarre everyday adventures of Heiko “Schotty” Schotte, whose profession is to clean up crime scenes. Directed by Arne Feldhusen.

Polish flag image, small Pokłosie (2012) AftermathTHURSDAY,  October 6th, 1:00-3:00 PM
A Polish man who returns home after the death of his father unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village. Directed by Władysław Pasikowski.

flag of Japan Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (2001) Spirited Away- FRIDAY, October 7th, 1:00-3:00PM
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. 

flag of Russian Taksi-Blyus (1990) Taxi BluesFRIDAY, October 7th, 3:00-5:00PM 
A down-on-his-luck, self-hating Jewish jazz musician, Lyosha tries to skip out on his cab fare. But the gruff, conservative cab driver, Shlykov tracks Lyosha down and manages to swipe his saxophone, holding it hostage until Lyosha can pay him back. Directed By Pavel Lungin.

Cultural Events in the City

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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Next week's Cultural Events

Spanish eneGuitarrisimo: The Iberoamerican Guitar [Concert]  - WEDNESDAY, October 5th, 7;00PM
Apart of the Latino Music Festival, come enjoy a concert by guitarist Iliana Matos also known as the "guitar guru".
Fee: Free and open to the public, but a reservation is required.
Location: Instituto Cervantes - Auditorio, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago IL 60654 
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 flag of France Edouard Manet, Works on Paper [Art Exhibition] -WEDNESDAY, October 5th - TUESDAY, October 11th. During Alliance Business Hours. 
Patrons will have the unique opportunity to see some of Manet's exceptional work on paper.
Fee: Free admission
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 810 N Dearborn St., Chicago IL 60610
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