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For the week of January 23, 2017

Students participate in German Conversation Hour in Grant Hall 308.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Hanae Kim is hosting a Korean Lunar New Year celebration in the Language Oasis (GH 308) on Thursday, January 26th from 6-8pm. She'll be introducing the ways Koreans celebrate this holiday and offering food. Please contact Hanae with any questions:

The NEW Spanish Film Series starts this Thursday (1-3pm in GH 308) with a screening of the Oscar-nominated film Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales).

An important notice from the ACCC: Blackboard will be down for maintenance on Thursday, February 2nd, from 11:30PM until Friday, February 3rd, at 7:30AM. If you use Blackboard, please be sure to let your students know so they can plan accordingly!

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend this week's LCSL 505 session. LCSL 505 meets from 2-3:50 this Friday, January 27th in GH 304.

This week we’re repeating one of our most popular workshops from last semester. Come learn about this great tool that your colleagues are excited about!

Make PowerPoints Interactive with Office Mix. Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint on Windows that allows you to easily create sleek, interactive presentations great for blended or flipped learning. With Mix, not only can you can create narrated slideshows, but you can also add quiz and poll questions directly into your presentation. Best of all, Mix gives you powerful tools to track your students' online work, including how much time they spent doing it! In this week's workshop we'll introduce you to Mix and help you think about how it can be useful in your class.

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: Make PowerPoints Interactive with Office Mix
Week of January 23 - January 27
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

While many of our students are “digital natives,” research shows that they often don’t know how to use the technology we work with in teaching. Things like Blackboard, Voiceboard, Wikis, Discussion Boards, online tests, and other tools that we’ve learned to use and integrate into our courses, often pose a steep learning curve for students. Other aspects of everyday technologies also pose a challenge: both checking and composing emails is often something students seem to struggle with.

Student difficulty in using tech is frustrating, both for them and for us. Help alleviate this frustration by teaching them to work with the technology you expect them to use. Before your first tech assignment, create a low-stakes/no-stakes assignment using the same tools so they can work out all the kinks before it really matters:

  • Create a practice Voiceboard where students just say their name. Make them play it back and check that everything worked, then answer a one question quiz to verify they’ve done it.
  • Create a practice blog where students post the poster and IMDb link of their favorite film.
  • Create a practice test on a commonly-known or easy-to-Google topic (Chicago facts, the UIC campus, etc.) that uses all the question types you expect students to see.
  • Have students watch a short Sharestream video (like a TV commercial) and take a short quiz or write a brief summary.

To encourage students to complete these practice assignments, grade them for completeness or the attempt, count them as participation, or give bonus points.

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
flag of Poland
Polish, 12-1
flag of Arab League
Arabic, 12-1
flag of Germany
German, 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
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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 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 Das Leben der Anderen (2006) The Lives of Others - WEDNESDAY, January 25th, 3:00-5:00PM
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. 

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 Poland 80 milionów (2011) 80 Million - FRIDAY, January 27th, 1:00-3:00PM
Based on real events, the official Polish entry in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race is a punchy period thriller with a universal feel-good message. 80 milionów condenses a series of complex historical events into an enjoyably upbeat thrill ride and a universal celebration of victory over tyranny.

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.


Week of January 30th

flag of France Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont (2016)The African Doctor- MONDAY, January 30th, 2:00-4:00PM Seyolo Zantoko is a freshly graduated doctor of Congolese descent in France. He was the only African male in his class and circle of friends. Seyolo struggled with his family to integrate in a small rural village, and ended up being considered as one of the most respected doctors in the area.

Spanish ene La teta asustada (2009) The Milk of Sorrow - THURSDAY, February 2nd, 1:00-3:00PM
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. While living in constant fear and confusion due to this disease, she must face the sudden death of her mother. She chooses to take drastic measures to not follow in her mother’s footsteps.

flag of Russian Vremya pechali yeshchyo ne prishlo (1995) The Time For Sorrow Has Not Yet Come - FRIDAY, February 3rd, 1:00-3:00PM
Ivanov, an artist and counterfitter returns to his childhood village where he encounters several figures from his past life like Yashka the Gypsy, Zhibbaev the Tartar, and Bielman the German. One day, the prospector Mefodi arrives in town transforming their already strange existence into something completely absurd.

flag of JapanShiawaseno kiiroi hankachi (1977) The Yellow Handkerchief - FRIDAY, February 3rd, 3:00-5:00PM
After being released from prison on parole, a soft-spoken coal miner makes his way towards Hokkaido and the small town where his wife may or may not be waiting for him. He is picked up along the way by two young people – each with their own reasons for hitting the road – and the three strangers undertake a journey of self-discovery as they travel the Japanese countryside.

Cultural Events in the City

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.


Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of Greece Greek Dance Class - THURSDAY, February 2nd, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Every Thursday, learn traditional and celebrational Greek dances! All classes cover the basic Pan-Hellenic dances: Kalamatiano, Xasaposerviko, and Tsamiko at the beginning of the session. Students of all dance abilities are welcome.
Fee: $10/non-members; $8/members - Registration preferred, drop-ins welcome
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
Click here for more information.