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For the week of October 31, 2016

Students participate in Spanish Conversation Hour


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The LCLC is organizing this year's Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science here at UIC November 11-13. LCSL's own Paris Papamichos Chronakis (lecturer in Classics and Mediterranean Studies) will be among this year's presenters. If you are interested in the Digital Humanities or wonder what they even are, we encourage you to register and attend this event! (Registration is free for students!)

Several presenters at DHCS will discuss aspects of teaching with the Digital Humanities that you may find helpful as you think about your class for the Spring. If you have an idea but need help with the execution or figuring out what tools to use the LCLC can help. Email us at to set up an appointment.

Are you curious about using mobile devices in the classroom? Are you wondering about how to set up an online or blended course? Do you wish to learn more about Blackboard?The 2016 TechTeach Conference on Tuesday, November 15 at Student Center East (3rd Floor Conference Center) from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM features multiple sessions - including presentations by grad students from German and TESOL - dedicated to exploring these topics. Register for this free conference by Wednesday, November 2 to guarantee your reservation and lunch -

Weekly Workshop: Interactive mapping and timelines for literature, culture, and linguistics. How many of your students have spent time in the cities or neighborhoods they read about in your classes? How many could use a little help understanding the historical context or chronology of their readings? Enrich their experience of the novel, cultural history, or linguistic history you are focusing on with a virtual visit through modern day Cuzco, occupied Poznán, medieval Bari, or the major events of the Ming Dynasty. Student research can be used to build individual or group timelines and maps rich in images and video. In this workshop we'll show you four different tools - StoryMapJs, VisualEyes, TimelineJS, and HSTRY - and highlight the best uses of each one.

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 mapping and timelines for literature, culture, and linguistics
Week of October 31st - November 4th

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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Readlang ( is a useful site for students who want to read more in the language they're studying but need a little help understanding. It offers a curated library of authentic text and video content that students can browse by language, level, and type (non-fiction, fiction, dialog, etc.). As students engage with the content, they have the ability to receive a limited number of translations of words and phrases they don't know just by clicking on them. These words then become part of the students' personalized vocabulary list and flashcard set.

Students can also upload their own content to explore in the Readlang environment or use Readlang's Chrome extension to read websites and other web content that's not part of the Readlang library.

While Readlang may not be appropriate for all students at all levels, it has the potential to be useful for students struggling to take that next step in reading comprehension. 

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 Poland
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
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Greek, 1-2
  flag of South Korea
Korean, 2-3
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Italian, 2-3


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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 31st

flag of France Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (2005)And They Lived Happily Ever After  MONDAY, October 31st, 2:00-4:00 PM
Vincent, George and Fred are three old friends who are asking questions about their lives. This film explores the nature of: romance, marriage, happiness, expectations in life, how love and sex interrelate.

flag of Germany Türkisch für Anfänger (2006-2009) Turkish for Beginners - TUESDAY, November 1st, 3:00- 5:00 PM
Set in the Berlin, the series centers around a German woman and single mother of a teenage daughter, who starts a relationship and decides to live together with a widowed Turkish father and his two teenage children.

Polish flag image, small Układ Zamknięty (2013) The Closed Circut - THURSDAY, November 3rd, 1:00-3:00 PM

The story of three successful businessmen who are accused of being members of organized crime and money laundering by corrupt government officials.

flag of Japan Okuribito (2008) Departures FRIDAY, November 4th, 1:00-3:00 PM

Daigo Kobayashi loses his job as a cellist when his orchestra is disbanded. He and his wife Mika move from Tokyo to his hometown in Yamagata. There, Daigo takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

flag of Russian Interdevochka (1989) Intergirl FRIDAY, Novemeber 4th, 3:00-5:00 PM
Tanya is a prostitute with a heart of gold. She loves her mother and labors long hours at her official hospital job, hoping not just for luxury items and cash, but for escape via marriage to a foreigner


Week of November 7th

flag of France  La proie (2011) The Prey - MONDAY, November 7th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Franck goes to prison and befriends Jean-Louis. When the latter is released, he promises to look after Franck’s family. Then Franck learns that Jean-Louis is a serial killer, so he must escape in order to protect his family.

Polish flag image, small Wielki Bieg (1982) The Great Race  THURSDAY, November 10th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Set in 1952, the story follows events around the “Peace Run”, a propaganda 3-day marathon for peace. The winner is to be presented with a new motorcycle by the country’s president; but the chief organizer is a ruthless manipulator who will stop at nothing to make sure that the right man wins.

flag of Japan Dare mo shiranai (2004) Nobody Knows - FRIDAY, November 11th, 1:00-3:00PM
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of Japan Miss Hokusai [Film]  - through TURSDAY, November 3rd 
Based on the cult maga "Sarusuberi" by Hinako Sugiura, the film follows 23-year-old O-Ei as she lives and works alongside her father. Assisting her unkempt, neglectful parent and producing accomplished, unattributed works of her own, the prickly O-Ei struggles to mature as an artist and as a woman. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Fee: $11, students $7, members $6 
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago IL 60601
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Spanish nPablo Sáinz Villegas [Concert]- WEDNESDAY, November 2nd, 8:30 PM
Part of the Latino Music Festival World Music Wednesday. Pablo Sáinz Villegas is hailed by critics as one of the world's leading classical guitarists. Born and raised in La Rioja, Spain –the country with unique and deep ties to his chosen instrument– Villegas is distinguished by performances as charismatic as they are intimate. With his singing tone and consummate technique, his interpretations conjure the passion, playfulness, and drama of his homeland’s rich musical heritage, routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andrés Segovia.
Fee: FREE (RSVP required) 
Location: Old Town School of Folk Music - Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
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Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of Italy The Italian American Part I [Film] - FRIDAY, November 11th, 7:00PM
A two-part series about the Italian experience in America. The series, written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, explores the evolution of Italian Americans from the late nineteenth century to today. 
Fee: FREE (RSVP required) 
Location: Casa Italia - Ball Room (Formerly the Gym) 3800 W. Division St., Stone Park, IL 60165
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 "Transmissions" by Lora Lode and Kevin Kaempf [Art Exhibit] - FRIDAY, November 11th, 6:00PM
Lora Lode and Kevin Kaempf of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have created a video exhibition, Transmissions (Cartas), that explores the relationship between two Brazilian artists: Helio Oiticica and Lygia Clark.
Location: SAIC Sullivan Galleries -33 South State Street, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 
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