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For the week of February 13, 2017

Students enjoy practicing their language skills
during French Conversation Hour.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome to Week 6! We're celebrating with free popcorn for all film series in 308 GH: Spanish, French, Polish, Russian, German, Japanese. Dates and times on our events calendar:

Join us Wednesday, February 22 from 2:30-4:00 at the Institute for the Humanities (Stevenson Hall - Lower LeveI) for a talk by the LCLC about fostering student writing in intermediate language classes. French 103 and 104 teachers/students have been participating in an IRB research project since Spring 2016--come learn about some outcomes! The project is pretty straight-forward: how do we get students to notice repetition in their writing, and encourage them to enrich their vocabulary by using appropriate synonyms? Ideas applicable to all languages...including English.

"Using Digital Writing Platforms and Text Mining to Facilitate and Improve Student Writing"

Abigail Stahl and Elizabeth Dolly Weber

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:

Le Buerau des Jardins et des Etangs
Dider Ducoin

El español en contacto con las otras lenguas peninsulares
Dolors Poch Olivé, ed.

Qualcosa sui Lehman
Stefano Massini


Weekly Workshop: Video and Audio in Blackboard. Do you use video and audio in your course? If so, this workshop is for you! We'll show you three tools for adding media to your course content, quizzes, blogs, and other assignments. First, we'll highlight Sharestream and demonstrate the new, easier way to upload videos. We'll also show you how to use Sharestream to collect student-created media assignments. In addition to Sharestream, we'll demonstrate how you can use two other web-based tools - Box and Soundcloud - to add short video and audio clips that load faster than Sharestream. 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 Weekly Workshop: Video and Audio in Blackboard.
Week of February 13 - February 17
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Announcify ( is a Chrome extension that reads text from websites aloud while visually guiding the user through the piece. Simply tell Announcify what language you’d like it to read - German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese are all offered - and set the reading speed. Then open any site and click on the Announcify icon in Chrome. It will read the page aloud while bringing the text it’s reading into focus. This is a great tool for students who want to work on phonetics or have extra listening opportunities. It’s also helpful for auditory learners and students who may be overwhelmed by a page full of text.

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
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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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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 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.


Week of February 20th

flag of France La belle saison (2015) Summetime - MONDAY, February 20th, 2:00-4:00PM
Fleeing her rural life and moving to Paris, the gay but unschooled Delphine meets avowed feminist Carole, and they begin a passionate affair. When her father falls ill, Delphine goes home to help her mother, and Carole must decide whether to follow.

Spanish ene El baño del Papa (2007) The Pope’s Toilet - THURSDAY, February 23th, 1:00-3:00PM
While others in his small Uruguayan border town rush to prepare food in anticipation of the pope’s arrival, Beto turns his attention to scatological matters: After all, if tourists turn up to eat, they’ll also need a place to relieve themselves. But as Beto embarks on his mission to build a public toilet that’s fit for the masses, he runs into a series of problems that threaten to derail his dreams.

flag of Germany Goethe! (2010) Young Goethe in Love - THURSDAY, February 23th, 3:00-5:00PM
The love life of aspiring young poet Johann Goethe is the subject of this period biopic. As Goethe strains against his family’s expectation that he study law, he falls in love with Lotte, who is to be wed to another.

flag of Poland Wesele (2004) The Wedding - FRIDAY, February 24th, 1:00-3:00PM
Take your wedding — the landmark event that’s supposed to be the most wonderful day of your life — and imagine that everything’s gone wrong. That’s exactly what happens in this zany Polish comedy, which takes the concept of etiquette to a whole new extreme. Between overflowing toilets, dead grandfathers and wedding food that even the dog won’t touch, a harried husband- and wife-to-be weather a cold, hard dose of reality.

flag of Japan Tenkôsei (1982) I Are You, You Am Me - FRIDAY, February 24th, 3:00-5:00PM
Kazuo and Kazumi are high school students whose “souls” accidentally switch bodies, causing all number of misunderstandings that play out for most of the film. Kazuo in a female body, forgets to put the upper half of his swimsuit on while Kazumi in her male form, punches out a bully. Before things get too confusing, the two hope that they will be able to switch back again.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of Italy Esercito Convertante Free Concert - THURSDAY, February 16th, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Esercito Concertante is an 'army' of musicians from different countries and cultures: the same countries that fought in World War I. Artists from these countries come together today a century later, speaking the universal language of music in order to transform the guns and the pain to friendship and to be a messenger of memory and peace.
Fee: Free and open to public
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago IL 60611
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Spanish ene Film Screening "Under Construction" - TUESDAY, February 14th, 6:00PM-8:30PM
Individualist Spanish filmmaker Jose Luis Guerin spent a year and a half filming what happened as a new apartment building was built in the El Chino neighborhood of Barcelona. En Construccion focuses less on the practicalities of raising a building than the impact the project has on those who live in the neighborhood, including a teenage couple squatting in a nearby building, an illegal alien looking for work for himself and his son, and a neighborhood girl who becomes infatuated with one of the construction workers. The death of a stray cat and the discovery of a mass grave during construction also points to the tragic losses that are sometimes part and parcel of progress.
Fee: Free and open to public
Location: Instituto Cervantes - Auditotio, 31 W. Ohio St, Chicago IL 60654
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Next Week's Cultural Events

flag of France Film Retrospective Paris With Vivian Teng & Mimi Plauche, Chicago International Film Festival - TUESDAY, February 21st, 6:30PM
The City of Lights and the Windy City come together at the Alliance for our Film Retrospective 2016-17 as we highlight the 20th anniversary of sister cities Chicago and Paris. Join our guest speakers from both sides of the ocean as they show us the Paris they love. Discover Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short films curated by the Chicago International Film Festival before each feature presentation. Enjoy a cinematic journey from the Pont Neuf to the LaSalle Street bridge with us!
Fee: $9 Admission with a glass of Louis Jadot
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
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