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For the week of January 30, 2017


Students celebrate the Korean Lunar New Year.
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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

NEW: LCLC liaison with UIC Library: We'll bring you weekly updates on LCSL-related purchases and collections (see below). Did you know that the UIC Library has a librarian dedicated to working with LCSL faculty and students? Contact Carl Lehnen for...purchase requests; workshops for students about how to do research; how to make your published research more accessible. Contact Carl at

New at Daley Library:


Weekly Workshop - Collect, Grade, and Check Student Work for Plagiarism with Blackboard Do your students write papers, create media, or complete other assignments that you need to collect? If so, the Blackboard Assignment feature is for you. Using Blackboard Assignments, you can paperlessly and easily collect students' work, keep track of who has turned what in, check for plagiarism with SafeAssign, and even securely read, comment on – using typed and written notes, underlining, highlighting, and more! - and grade student work. Best of all you can always have access to these assignments in one centralized location. This week’s workshop will show you all the possibilities of this feature and help you use it effectively in your courses.

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: Collect, Grade, and Check Student Work for Plagiarism with Blackboard
Week of January 30 - February 3rd
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Recap ( is a free web- and mobile-based tool that allows teachers to easily collect video responses from students. With Recap, you simply ask a question (or several questions) via text or video, select a time limit for the response video (up to 2 minutes), and assign it to your class. Students join your class via a PIN and can sign in with Google. Students record their video directly in Recap (using a webcam or mobile device) and it’s automatically added to your class dashboard for your review. When you give feedback, students are notified automatically by email.

You can also add a self-assessment at the end of your Recap assignment for students to tell you how they think they did. This makes it a great tool for checking student pronunciation, vocabulary, and general speaking ability. Other possible instructional uses might include collecting student responses to course material like readings and videos, or having students explain new grammatical concepts (in English) in their own terms to demonstrate comprehension.

Because Recap focuses on speaking and not writing, it can be a great tool for helping students who may have trouble with spelling and written grammar feel more confident expressing themselves.

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
    flag of Russian
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 30th

flag of France Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont (2016)The African Doctor- MONDAY, January 30th, 2:00-4:00PM
What happens when a doctor from Zaire (now the Congo) moves to a little village in France in the 1970s? Based on a true story, this film follows the ups and downs of Dr. Seyolo Zantoko he and his family work to fit in a small rural village in northern France.

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. 

Week of February 6th

flag of France Les invités de mon père (2010) My Father's Guests- MONDAY, February 6th, 2:00-4:00PM
Lucien Paumelle has been a human rights activist for decades and his relatives are not astonished when he announces that he is determined to help illegal immigrants by giving them shelter in his apartment. But they are downright appalled when they meet the undocumented aliens for the first time.

flag of Germany German Film - TBA - WEDNESDAY, February 8th, 3:00-5:00PM

Spanish ene Spanish Film - TBA - THURSDAY, February 9th, 1:00-3:00PM

flag of Poland Warszawa (2003) Warsaw - FRIDAY, February 10th, 1:00-3:00PM
On an ordinary winter’s day, various people from outside Warsaw come to the Polish capital city for different reasons. They all have something to deal with, and their paths eventually intertwine.

flag of Japan Hana to Arisu (2004) Hana and Alice - FRIDAY, February 10th, 3:00-5:00PM
When Alice develops a crush on a stranger at the train station, she offers her best friend, Hana, the stranger’s “half brother,” Masashi. Hana declines, but after watching Masashi from a distance, she develops feelings for him. She stalks him by traveling on his regular train throughout the winter.


Cultural Events in the City

flag of France Les Contes d'Hoffmann/Tales of Hoffmann - SATURDAY, February 4th, 1:00-4:25PM
In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. In French with English subtitles
Fee: $10/members/$15 non-members
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 810 North Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of Japan Aikido Class - MONDAY, February 6th, 6:30PM-7:45PM
The Chicago Aikido Club welcomes prospective members to watch or attend at least one class before joining. The CAC is dedicated to the free and creative exploration of Aikido in all its aspects – martial, physical and spiritual.
Fee: Free - If you decide to become a member, $60/month + $25/annually
Location: Tokhon Judo Academy, 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
Click here for more information.