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For the week of October 17, 2016

Students participate in Polish Conversation Hour


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Do you teach in a blended program? Are you interested in learning more about blended language teaching? Would you like to learn how to increase your students' engagement in your class? If so, the International Association for Language Learning Technology's upcoming FREE webinar may be of interest to you. The webinar takes place TOMORROW (October 18) at 1pm CDT. To register, visit:

Weekly Workshop - Cloud Collaboration with Google Drive and Box. Cloud services let you store and access your content anytime from anywhere. The tools they offer are a great way to encourage collaboration outside of class! In this week’s workshop we’ll explore two different free cloud-based systems – Google Drive and Box – and show you how you can use them to create collaborative opportunities in your course. With these tools, students can work on writing assignments, peer editing/assessment, slideshows, and much more. These tools can also let you provide feedback and input to your students on a variety of projects more quickly and easily without having to worry about losing paper copies or email attachments!

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: Cloud Collaboration with Google Drive and Box
Week of October 17h - October 21st

GH 301

GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

From the archives

Streaming web radio is a great tool for language students at all levels. Beginning students can listen to their favorite type of music and gain exposure to the target language through commercials and songs. More advanced students can practice their comprehension skills and gain a broader appreciation for the cultures of their target language by listening to talk and news radio programs.

TuneIn ( is a FREE service that streams over 100,000 radio stations and millions of podcasts from all over the world. It allows users to search by language or location and make lists of favorite stations. Apps are available for all mobile devices in addition to the website.

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 
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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
  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 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.

Week of October 24th

flag of France L'humour à mort (2015) Je Suis Charlie - MONDAY, October 24th, 2:00-4:00 PM
On January 7th, 2015, the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was the first target in a series of deadly terrorist attacks. This new documentary pays tribute to the victims and explores the resulting aftermath of a changed nation.

Polish flag image, small Ulica Graniczna (1948) Border Street THURSDAY, October 27th, 1:00-3:00 PM
The story of Polish and Jewish families living side by side on one Warsaw street. Everything changes once and for all with the Nazi invasion.

flag of Japan Gojira (1954) Godzilla - FRIDAY, October 28th, 1:00-3:00PM
Crushing ships, villages, and buildings in his wake, Gojira marches toward Tokyo, bringing all of the country's worst nightmares back until an evil more terrible bomb -- capable of sucking all the oxygen from the sea -- returns the monster to its watery grave.


Cultural Events in the City

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 nTodo 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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Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of Italy Presentation of "Eva Sleeps" by Francesca Melandri [Lecture] - MONDAY, October 24th, 6:00PM
On the occasion of the 16th Annual Italian Language Week in the World, bestselling Italian novelist Francesca Melandri will present Eva Sleeps (Eva dorme, Mondadori, 2010), her first English novel. 
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450
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flag of France Lyon, Capital of French Gastronomy [Talk and Tasting] - MONDAY, October 24th, 6:30PM
Everybody knows you get a better meal in Lyon than in is time to discover why! A talk by a previous director of the Alliance Française de Chicago now residing in Lyon, Pascale will tell the story of how Lyon has become the Capital of Gastronomy. Followed by a sampling of Lyon delicacies.
Fee: $10 Members/ $15 Non-Members
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave. entrance to A la Carte Chicago 2016 food festival
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