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For the week of January 16, 2017

Students participate in Spanish Conversation Hour in Grant Hall 308.

The LCLC promotes languages at UIC at the Winter Invovlement Fair.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

LCLC represented LCSL at the Winter Involvement Fair on January 12. We spoke with over 50 students about language courses, conversation hours, and film screenings. Many students expressed interest in multiple languages--we gave them information and sent them to you for follow-up!

Most conversation and film events start this week in Grant Hall 308. See below for days, times, and film information.

New this semester - the Spanish Film Series! Thursdays, 1-3 beginning next week (1/26)

Have an event to propose? Contact us at

Grad students and lecturers: Register for LCSL 505, a one-credit workshop on using new tech and planning how it might fit into current or future language, literature, and culture classrooms. Employers are increasingly looking for instructors who can demonstrate experience with using technology - 505 on your transcript is one way to do that. 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 our workshop will show you how to Work Smarter with GoogleApps@UIC. UIC's GoogleApps are more than just email. They're a powerful set of easy-to-use online tools designed with collaboration in mind that include alternatives to many Microsoft Office tools, as well as a website builder, cloud storage, quiz making tool, and more! Most importantly, GoogleApps can be accessed by logging in with a UIC ID and password and are FERPA compliant. In this week's workshop we'll introduce you to the major components of the GoogleApps@UIC suite of tools and share some ideas for using them in language and culture teaching at all levels. As always, we'll help you figure out the best tool for your project, so bring your syllabus or an idea with you!

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: Work Smarter with GoogleApps@UIC
Week of January 16 - January 20
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

From the archives

Free dictionary add-ons for Google Chrome. When students read and write online, they use dictionaries. Switching between websites wastes time and breaks concentration, hampering reading comprehension and coherent writing. Here are two tips on how to optimize students' online experience (and your own!) using extensions in Google Chrome.

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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Russian, 11-12
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Polish, 12-1
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Arabic, 12-1
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German, 12-1
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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. 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! View the complete events calendar here.

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 16th

flag of Japan Hachimitsu to kurôbâ (2006) Honey and Clover - FRIDAY, January 20th, 3:00-5:00PM
The lives of four art students change forever when gifted young artist Hagumi arrives at their school and befriends their group as each student experiences turbulence in love.

Week of January 23rd

flag of France Les femmes de l'ombre (2008) Female Agents - MONDAY, January 23rd, 2:00-4:00PM
In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British geologist from a German hospital in the countryside.

flag of Germany German Film TBA - WEDNESDAY, January 25th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Spanish ene Relatos salvajes (2014) Wild Tales - THURSDAY, January 26th, 1:00-3:00PM
A 2014 Argentine black comedy anthology film coposed of six standalone short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress united by a common theme of violence and vengeance.

flag of Japan Tasogare Seibei (2002) The Twilight Samurai - FRIDAY, January 27th, 3:00-5:00PM
Seibei is a low-level samurai struggling to get by on stipend of 50 rice bales a year while working as a clerk at the clan office. He tries to protect a battered wife.

Cultural Events in the City

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.

Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of China Chinese Lunar New Year Performance - SATURDAY, January 28th, 10:30-4:30PM
Celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, with dance, art demonstrations, and a special appearance by the National Peking Opera Company.
Fee: Free with museum admission, General Admission: Starts at $14.00 for Chicago residents + $2.00 service fee
Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

flag of China Chinese New Year Celebration: Butterfly Lovers Concerto - SUNDAY, January 29th, 3:00 PM
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a concert showcasing the rich history of Chinese music. CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto.
Fee: Starts at $15
Location: Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
Click here for more information.