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For the week of October 3, 2016

Students practice their speaking skills
during Spanish Conversation Hour.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Weekly Workshop - Easy website creation.  Want your students to create public or private websites? Want to create your own website as a teaching portfolio or to showcase your academic work? We'll give show you four free and easy website creation platforms: Wordpress, Google Sites, Wix, and Weebly. We'll help you compare them and decide which platform is right for your needs and your students. Bring a syllabus or idea for an activity. For example, in a literature class, a student or group of students might write weekly prose poems in reaction to the works they read.  In a language class, students might create sites where theycollect articles, images, videos about topics that interest them.

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: Easy website creation
Week of October 3rd - October 7th

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GH 304

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

We often think of graphic organizers as things to be used in writing, but they also make fabulous reading tools. They can be used to visually map the argument of a critical anaylsis or to (re-)organize plot events in narrative works. They can also be used to categorize characters, vocabulary, events, etc. to help student construct a different understanding of a text they're reading. Nearly any reading strategy you can think of can make us of a graphic organizer!

While you can ask students to create these on paper, there are also a host of FREE online tools that can be used to create organizers of varying complexity. Popplet ( allows you to easily create mind-map-like cloud charts, while Lucidchart ( allows for simple creation of complex flowcharts. Google Slides ( is also a great tool for graphic organizers - create a different slide for different categories and list events, characters, etc. on the appropriate slide, or use shapes to create simple flow charts. You can also create non-linear organizers by adding links to other slides for navigation.

Want more help on figuring out how to use graphic organizers for reading in your class? Email us at

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 October 3rd

flag of FranceEvery Thing Will be Fine (2015) - MONDAY, October 3rd, 2:00-4:00 PM
After he causes a car accident, Tomas spends the next 12 years examining the effects of the tragedy on his life.

flag of GermanyDer 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.

Polish flag image, smallPokłosie (2012) Aftermath - THURSDAY, 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.

flag of JapanSen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (2001) Spirited Away FRIDAY, October 7th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Chihiro Ogino and her parents are traveling to their new home when her father takes a wrong turn. They unknowingly enter a magical world...

flag of RussianTakcи-блюз (1990) Taxi BluesFRIDAY, October 7th, 3:00-5:00 PM
Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi stiffs Ivan for the fare, so Ivan tracks him down and a love-hate relationship ensues.

Week of October 10th

flag of FranceContre-enquête (207) Counter Investigation - MONDAY, October 10th, 2:00-4:00 PM
A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.

Polish flag image, smallPolowanie na Muchy (1969) Hunting FliesTHURSDAY, October 13th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Wlodek is a shy man who’s afraid of his mother as well as his wife. However, upon meeting Irena, his life takes a new turn, a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village. 

flag of JapanKaze tachinu (2013) The Wind Rises- FRIDAY, October 14th, 1:00-3:00PM
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Cultural Events in the City

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, 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 through TUESDAY, October 11th
Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was one of the first French painters to depict scenes of people, and city life. He was a leading artist in the transition from realism to impressionism. The Alliance offers the unique opportunity to see some of his exceptional work on paper for a limited time only. Come and find out why Manet was called the "father of Modern Art"!
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 810 N Dearborn St., Chicago IL 60610
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Next week's Cultural Events

Spanish eneLeaf Blower [Film] - MONDAY, October 10th, 7:45 PM
A deft sense of humor runs through this deceptively simple story in which the balmy autumn day of three teengagers walking home from soccer practice evolves into a series of comically droll and poignant encounters touched off by the loss of a set of keys. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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 Greece Learn traditional and celebrational Greek dances! [Dance Class] - THURSDAY, September 15th throuhg May 15th, 7:00-8:00 PM
All classes cover the basic Pan-Hellenic dances: Kalamatiano, Xasaposerviko, and Tsamiko at the beginning of the session.
Fee: $10
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
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