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For the week of March 13, 2017

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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The UIC language map now has 103 points! Have you put your language(s) on the map yet? Urdu, Creole, Quecha, Tibetan, Uzbek? Show your pride in your mother tongue and/or the language you're studying now by answering this 2-question survey: Answers are 100% anonymous. There is no log-in and no information is collected about you. 

Weekly Workshop: Grading with Rubrics in Blackboard. Do you already use rubrics when you grade? Are you interested in starting? Blackboard rubrics make grading a snap and let you quickly (and paperlessly!) give students feedback on their assignments. They also help keep grading uniform, which makes them great for large or multi-section courses. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to design a good rubric, show you how rubrics work in Blackboard and how you can pair them with Blackboard's inline grading feature, and help you set up your own rubric based on an assignment for your class. Be sure to bring a copy of your syllabus or assignment!

Can't make the scheduled workshop times below? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office:

New at Daley Library:

Performances de ténèbres
Pascal Quignard

La prima verità
Simona Vinci

Los celos de Zenobia
José A. Ramírez Lozano


LCLC Weekly Workshop: Grading with Rubrics in Blackboard
Week of March 13-17
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Wakelet ( is an easy-to-use, media rich alternative to Pinterest that allows students to create online presentations. Students can use their UIC Google account to log in, and start collecting weblinks, notes, videos, and images they find on the Internet in one central place. Items can be easily organized, re-ordered, and deleted, making editing a “wake” board a cinch, and Wakelet projects can be shared privately via link.

So what might students use Wakelet for? You could ask them to research a current events topic and add news articles in their target language. Or you could have them create a promotional “wake” for a historical event or person. You could also ask students to collect images of vocabulary words and use the description feature to label them in their target language creating a visual vocabulary list they can refer to. Students could also be asked to collect and organize a series of images in a “wake” to tell a story that they then would write out in a text note integrated into their board. Alternatively, you could have students use Wakelet to create a storyboard version of a novel or film highlighting what they see as the key elements.

Instructors may also find Wakelet useful for in-class use. Do you have several links to videos or other media that you want to use in a class session? Just add them to a “wake” and have them all in one place and easily accessible.

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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This Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Korean American Coalition of Chicago Networking - THURSDAY, March 16th, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Join KACC with the Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) and Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce Chicago (TJCCC) to a joint networking mixer. There will be a complimentary "make your own" tacos and nachos bar for attendees. 
Free/registration before March 15th required
Patron's Hacienda, 316 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654
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Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Festival de la Francophonie: Cameroun & Congo - FRIDAY, March 24th, 6:30PM
Drums, clave and chekeré from Congo come together with Cameroon voices to bewitch us with spiritual chants and folkloric dances from Africa. With the Cameroonian Choir of Chicago and Beto Nbatu featuring Prince Malonga.
Fee: Free, Donations accepted, Registration appreciated
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60654
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