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For the week of January 9, 2017

Students participate in French Conversation Hour in Grant Hall 308.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Happy New Year and welcome back! Now's the time to start or continue conversations about course design and/or using any kind of tech in your classes. Email us at with all your questions!

The LCSL is pleased to welcome a trio of new RAs this semester. Bonita Ford (TESOL), Lucas Plazek (Russian), and Wenya Wang (TESOL) join our returning RAs Catherine, Lexi, and Mediha in helping you solve your tech troubles and learn more about using technology in the classroom.

Most LCLC events start the second week of classes: see our Events Calendar for more information about Conversation Hours and Film Series.

Grad students and lecturers: Register for LCSL 505! Love teaching? Thinking about looking for a job? LSCL 505 is a one-credit course designed to help you integrate technology into current or future classes. This Teaching Professional Development Workshop is co-taught by the Language and
Culture Learning Center Director, Dr. Elizabeth Weber, and the LCLC Postdoc, Dr. Abigail Stahl.

This week's workshop: What can Blackboard do for mePosting class materials, creating quizzes, streaming movies, discussion boards, wikis, portfolios, fostering student collaboration and creativity... We'll show you a variety of Blackboard tools and help you figure out which are right for you. Please bring your syllabus and your questions!

Can't make the scheduled workshop times below? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office:

LCLC events support and publicize LCSL programs: The first week of classes is a good time to give your students the LCLC website, Facebook, and Twitter information so they can see how your program creates a community with Conversation Hours, Film Series, and Cultural events! website: - Facebook: - Twitter:

LCLC Weekly Workshop: What can Blackboard do for me?
Week of January 9 - January 13
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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

When students feel comfortable with their classmates, they talk more and are generally more engaged in class. To help your students get to know one another better, think about having them do get-to-know-you presentations.

Class time is precious, so why not move these introductions online?

You could have students present themselves (in English or the target language depending on level) with activities like:

  • A class wiki on Blackboard - Each student writes a page introducing themselves.
  • A visual presentation using Thinglink - Students pick an image that represents them and then use tags to explain more about who they are, where they’re from, what they’re studying, etc.
  • A map using StoryMapsJS or a timeline with Sutori (formerly HSTRY) – Students add points related to things they’ve done or places they’ve been.
  • A Voiceboard - Students introduce themselves orally.
  • A mini-webpage using the new Google Sites.
  • A short video using a simple video tool like Wideo on Animatron.
  • A slideshow using Google Slides.
  • A cartoon using PowtoonStoryboard That, or ToonyTool.
  • A mind map or flowchart presenting themselves using WiseMapping – Students add and group bubbles to describe themselves.

Students can share their projects on Blackboard via a blog, wiki, or discussion board.

For all of these, you can assign certain questions or topics for students to cover to keep the project from growing out of control.

Have an idea for an online presentation but aren’t sure how to make it work? Email us at and we’ll help you figure it out!

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.

Beginning Week 2


All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Russian, 11-12



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Polish, 12-1
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Arabic, 12-1
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German, 12-1
  flag of France
French, 12-1
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Spanish, 1-2
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Greek, 1-2
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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 January 9th

There are no film series this week. Films will start in Week 2.

Cultural Events in the City

Spanish eneIxcanul (2015) Volcano [Film] - TUESDAY, January 10th, 6:00PM
On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old Maria by her Kaqchikel parents.
Fee: $11 Non-Member $6 Members  
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601 
Click here for more information.

flag of Italy Instituto Italiano di Cultura Open House - WEDNESDAY, January 11th, 5:30PM-8:00PM
Try Italian language classes, sample authentic Italian cuisine, enjoy musical entertainment, play Italian bingo, Tomboloa as part of an evening Open House.
Fee: FREE (RSVP required) 
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1405 Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of France Pardon my French - Open Mic Night at the Alliance - THURSDAY, January 19th, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Share your original work or your favorite poem, literary excerpt, or song at this French open mic event.
Fee: FREE (RSVP required) Donations accepted 
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago 810 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Click here for more information.