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For the week of February 6, 2017

Students enjoy practicing their language skills
during Japanese Conversation Hour.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome to Week 5! We're celebrating with free popcorn for all films series in 308 GH: Spanish, French, Polish, Russian, German, Japanese. Dates and times on our events calendar:

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend the LCSL 505 session on Friday, February 10 from 2-3:50 in GH 304: "Tools for creating engaging and interactive presentations."

Looking for a good book? Daley Library has one in the language you teach, speak, learn: see below for some recent acquisitions. And scroll down for information about this week's teaching tip and workshop. 

New at Daley Library:

Ojos ciegos
Virginia Aguilera

Briefe aus Amerika: Ein Roman
Joachim Zelter

Questo libro non esiste: Storia di una macchina del tempo
Marilù Oliva

Dieu n'habite pas la Havane
Yasmina Khadra


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 Sutori - 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 February 6 - February 10
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week: ( is a very simple tool that allows users to add speech bubbles to images. This could be useful for having students label vocabulary, write an imaginary dialogue based on visual clues, or create a description of an image. Because it's so quick and easy to use, it would also make a great tool for creating visuals for in-class use.

Images can be uploaded from your computer or Facebook, or you can opt for a random stock photo. creations can be either downloaded or shared via a link.  No account is required and your images can be saved as unlisted so they're only available through a direct link, making it a safer choice for classroom use than Snapchat.

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
flag of Italy
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 February 6th

flag of France Les invités de mon père (2010) My Father's Guests - MONDAY, February 6th, 2:00-4:00PM
When an elderly doctor marries a young refugee to save her from deportation, his children worry that he's falling for her and question her intentions.

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

Spanish ene Diarios de Motocicleta (2004) The Motorcycle Diaries - THURSDAY, February 9th, 1:00-3:00PM
Argentinean medical student and future revolutionary Che Guevara motorcycles across South America with his friend Alberto beginning in 1951, a deeply personal odyssey that ultimately crystallizes the young man's budding political beliefs.

flag of Poland Warszawa (2003) Warsaw - FRIDAY, February 10th, 1:00-3:00PM
Klara is a pleasant young woman who high-tails it to Warsaw for a rendez-vous with her boyfriend. Destiny has other plans in store for her, however – namely an intersection with a handsome young man named Pawel on a train. Meanwhile, another young woman of decidedly different temperament, the outspoken, aggressive Wiktoria, begins a romance with a businessman. The two couples’ paths intersect, and they join forces to assist a farmer in locating his missing daughter.

flag of Japan Hana to Arisu (2004) Hana and Alice - FRIDAY, February 10th, 3:00-5:00PM
In this comedy, two teenage best pals attracted to the same boy end up scrambling his life after he walks into a door and is knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, one of the girls convinces him that he has amnesia -- and that she's his girlfriend.


Week of February 13th

flag of France La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur (2014) Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart- MONDAY, February 13th, 2:00-4:00PM
In the late 1970s, the residents of a quiet region in Northern France are gripped with fear as a serial killer roams the landscape. Told from the view of the murderer -- a cop investigating the crimes -- this chilling drama is based on a true story.

Spanish ene Tesis (1996) Thesis - THURSDAY, February 16th, 1:00-3:00PM
Film student Ángela Márquez becomes consumed by her thesis subject when research on violence reported in the media uncovers a disturbing snuff film that involves her professor's murder and the disappearance of several campus coeds.

flag of Russian Luna Park (1992) - FRIDAY, February 17th, 1:00-3:00PM
Andrei is the head of a gang of antisemitic skinheads clinging to the old communist ideals in post-Communist Moscow. When he learns that his long lost father actually is a Jewish bohemian living in Moscow, rather than an Afghanistan war hero, he traces him down in order to kill him. But the intriguing father and his “reactionary” lifstyle soon fascinates Andrei which leads to a clash with his gang.

flag of Japan Aruitemo aruitemo (2008) Still Walking - FRIDAY, February 17th, 3:00-5:00PM
To commemorate his brother's death by accidental drowning 15 years earlier, Ryota Yokoyama and his new wife reunite with the rest of his family, only to discover that his parents are still overcome with grief. The film offers a deeply compelling reflection on the bond -- sometimes resilient, sometimes fragile -- between family members.

Cultural Events in the City

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.

Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of France French Language Author Talk - Monday, February 13th, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Haitian, Quebecois member of the Académie Française Dany Laferrière and author of Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatigue and L'enigme du retour will be giving a talk at the Alliance Française. Come see this important contemporary author give his thoughts in French.
Fee: Free
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
Click here for more information.

flag of Germany  German Digital Concert - Monday, February 13th, 12:00 PM
The Goethe-Institut presents concerts from the Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. This week includes Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 107 Reformation, Michel van der Aa's New Work commissioned by the Bundesjugendorchester, and Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestreal Suite No. 3 in D major BMV 1068.
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago
Click here for more information.