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For the week of February 20, 2017

LCSL / UIC Language Map: add yourself (see below)


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

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

This Tuesday is International Mother Language Day. To celebrate and to showcase our linguistic diversity in the LCSL and campus-wide, the LCLC has created an interactive world map. (AND IF YOU ARE WONDERING: YES, WE CAN HELP YOU MAKE A MAP LIKE THIS FOR YOUR CLASS)

If you and your family speak a language (besides English), and/or if you are now learning a language, take this 2-question survey. Your answers will become points on the map, showing all the languages we speak at UIC. Please share with your friends, students, professors, staff...anyone at UIC.

Visit for the 2-question survey. Answers are 100% anonymous. There is no log-in and no information is collected about you.

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend the LCSL 505 session on Friday, February 24 from 2-3:50 in GH 304. We'll be talkign and learning about tech tools for speaking.  

Weekly Workshop: Ever since we featured Thinglink - an easy-to-use web-based tool that lets you create interactive images and videos - as our "Teaching with technology tip of the week," we've seen more and more LCSL instructors using this tool in their classes in fun, creative ways - student self-presentations, student annotated film stills, and student annotated maps. We think there are lots of other great potential uses of Thinglink as well - from vocabulary presentations to textual analysis - and in this workshop we'll share some of our ideas for ways to use it in classes of all levels. We'll also show you how to use Thinglink so you and your students can start creating your own interactive media. As always, we'll help you figure out the best way to integrate this tool into your course - so bring your syllabus and ideas.

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: Thinglink - Interactive Images and Videos.
Week of February 20 - February 24
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Photos for Class ( is a great tool for finding free, safe, Creative Commons photos for use in any project. Just search for a photo and you'll be immediately presented with high-quality, watermark-free images that you can download with one click - no sign-up needed! The photo library is diverse and suited to courses in most any language or culture. It's also "school safe" - no risk of stumbling across questionable images that might pop up in some Google seaches. All in all, Photos for Class is a great tool not just for teachers but for students looking to add images to a project like a blog or slideshow.

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.
All films are shown with English subtitles.

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Russian Conversation



Polish Conversation


Arabic Conversation


German Conversation


French Conversation


Spanish Conversation


Greek Conversation


Spanish Film


Polish Film


Russian Film

alternating weeks

French Film


Korean Conversation


Italian Conversation




German Film

every other week

Japanese Film





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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Cultural Events in the City

flag of France Film Retrospective Paris With Vivian Teng & Mimi Plauche - 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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flag of Germany Renn, wenn du kannst- FRIDAY, February 24th, 7:30PM

Ben (Robert Gwisdek) is a bright, sharp-witted student in his early twenties who is confined to a wheelchair. As Ben is completing work on his thesis, he's assigned an assistant, a medical student named Christian (Jacob Matschenz). Ben doesn't suffer fools gladly and is intimidating and demanding of his helpers, but Christian gives as good as he gets and the two develop a keen rapport.
DANK HAUS, Bradenburg Room, 4740 North Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
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Next Week's Cultural Events

Spanish ene La Chimi: DIASPORA- FRIDAY, March 3rd and SATURDAY, March 4th, 7:00PM

We have seen diaspora over and over again in the history of man. Whom better to tell the story, of many stories, then individuals all coming from different birth homes and yet using the same language to express a common struggle and success. Through the art of flamenco, we will share the emotional and social ties with a homeland... or no homeland.
$25 general admission; $20 students and members of Instituto Cervantes
Instituto Cervantes - Auditorio, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654 
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