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For the week of October 10, 2016

St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow, Poland
by Michelle Bérubé


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Weekly Workshop - Interactive Images and Videos with Thinglink. Ever since we featured Thinglink - an easy-to-use web-based tool that lets you create interactive images and videos - as our "Teaching with technology tip of the week," we've seen more and more LCSL instructors using this tool in their classes in fun, creative ways - student self-presentations, student annotated film stills, and student annotated maps. We think there are lots of other great potential uses of Thinglink as well - from vocabulary presentations to textual analysis - and in this workshop we'll share some of our ideas for ways to use it in classes of all levels. We'll also show you how to use Thinglink so you and your students can start creating your own interactive media. As always, we'll help you figure out the best way to integrate this tool into your course - so bring your syllabus and 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: Interactive Images and Videos with Thinglink
Week of October 10th - October 14th

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

URL shortners make it easy to share website addresses with students and colleagues. While there are several popular services for shortening web addresses like Bitly and Google's URL Shortener, UIC offers its own tool that we think is even better - Webtools Toolbox Short URL (!

Perhaps you want to make an internal page of your department website easier to point people to. Or maybe you're teaching a language class and there's an online verb conjugation tool you'd like your students to use. You can use Webtools' Short URL to turn these long, complicated links into something short and easy to remember like that can then be distributed via email, social media, print, or any other medium. Because it's short and to the point, people will remember your link and make more frequent use of the site it points to. If later, the website is no longer available or you want to change the site that your short link directs to, you can do that easily and without fuss.

Best of all, unlike Bitly and Google, Webtools' Short URLs are completely private - no one will ever know what your link is unless you give it to them - but can also be managed collaboratively.

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 10th

flag of France Contre-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, small Polowanie 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 Japan Kaze 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.

 Week of October 17th

flag of France Marie Heurtin (2014) Marie's Story - MONDAY, October 17th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Marie Heurtin is born both blind and deaf. Sister Marguerette wins her trust and teaches her how to express herself.

flag of Germany Deutschland '83 (2015-) -  WEDNESDAY, October 19th, 3:00- 5:00 PM
Martin Rauch is recruited by the HVA to infiltrate the West Germany army. As a rookie spy, his decisions constantly put his cover at risk and force his agency to take extreme measures.

Polish flag image, small Mir Kumen On (1936) Children Must Laugh - THURSDAY, October 20th, 1:00-3:00 PM
This film is one of the few surviving documentaries about Jewish life in Poland before World War II.

flag of Japan Omoide no Mânî (2014) When Marnie was There FRIDAY, October 21st, 1:00-3:00 PM
Anna Sasaki is an introverted 12-year-old girl who lives in Sapporo with forster parents, Yoriko and her husband. She becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there – a girl who may or may not be real.

flag of Russian Malenkaya Vera (1988) Little Vera - FRIDAY, October 21st, 3:00-5:00 PM
Vera lives with her mother and drunken fatherm in a high-rise tenement that resembles a prison. She’s doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, but has little faith in the decaying socialist system. She turns to alcohol, drugs and dancing. A tryst with a handsome student, Sergei, promises a way out, but it too leaves her trapped. When the time comes to choose between Sergei and her family, Vera is unsure if either is a good option. This film marks the first time that sexualized nudity had been allowed in Soviet theaters.


Cultural Events in the City

Spanish eneLeaf Blower [Film] - MONDAY, October 10th, 7:45PM
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 France An Exploration of the Music of France, from Lully to Debussy [Lecture-Recital] - TUESDAY, October 11th, 6:00PM
George Lepauw, Franco-America pianist and founder of the International Beethoven Project, will give a lecture-recital exploring the development of French music from the great Lully in the 17th century to Debussy at the turn of the 20th. Hosted by The Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, this presentation and performance will attempt to shed light on the uniqueness of the French style in music.
Fee: FREE, but RSVP required for entry as space is limited.
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60610
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Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of Germany The Berlin Philharmonic: The Digital Concert Hall [Concert]  - MONDAY , October 17th, 12:00PM
Starting this fall the Goethe-Institut presents concerts from the Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. The first concert highlights Bernard Haitink conducting Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony and Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde."
Location: Goethe-Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago IL 60601
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Spanish n Todo lo que tú quieras [Film Screening] - TUESDAY, October 18th, 6:00PM
The Velasco family is made up of Leo, Alicia and their four-year-old daughter Dafne. They lead a conventional life in Madrid, Leo is always very busy and Alicia is in charge of the child. During the Christmas Holidays, Alicia suddenly dies after having an epileptic fit and her husband is left alone with the little girl. Dafne is terribly affected by the death of her mother and is constantly looking for a mother figure so Leo, who tries to give her as much attention as he possibly can, will abandon himself to the extent of jeopardizing his own identity.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago IL 60654
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