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For the week of March 27, 2017

Havana, Cuba by Bonita Ford

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

With only five weeks of classes left, now is the time to start thinking about your courses for the Fall. Would you like to use a new tool? Is there something you'd like to do but just don't have the class time for? Do you have a new project but aren't sure how to make it work (either technologically or just practically)? The LCLC can help with any and all of these and other questions. We will not be open during the summer and will only be available by email, so now's the time to schedule a meeting - email us at!

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend the LCSL 505 session on Friday, March 31 from 2-3:50 in GH 304. We'll be talking and learning about tech tools for listening and video viewing.

Weekly Workshop: VoiceThread: Do you want students to record or videotape their answers or practice pronunciation online? Do you currently use VoiceBoard? VoiceThread replaces VoiceBoard starting in Summer 2017. It's easy for students and teachers to use, adds a video option, and it's in Blackboard: easy peasy! Come learn about the advantages of VoiceThread and brainstorm ways you could use it in your language or literature courses. Be sure to 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:

New at Daley Library:

Enrico Franceschini

Das Floss der Medusa


LCLC Weekly Workshop: VoiceThread: The new way to record audio in Blackboard.
Week of March 13-17
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Kiosko ( a great resource for finding news in almost any language. It offers a range of national publications for various countries listed. Of languages taught at UIC, it offers news in Arabic (UAE, Morocco), Chinese (China), French (Belgium, France, etc.), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Greek (Greece), Polish (Poland), Russian (Russia), Spanish (20 Latin American countries and Spain).
It is very easy to use - just find the country you want to see and it takes you to a web page that displays the front page of some print publications from that country for that day. Clicking on the scanned print page, takes you to the periodical's website where you can read the content right in your browser.
This is a great tool for keeping up with what's happening in the countries we teach about and for student who are looking for practice reading.

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.

Click a flag to view event details including film titles and descriptions.

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

 International Playwriting Contest 2016 - Reading - MONDAY, March 27th, 7:00PM
The International Playwriting Contest was founded in 2015 by Teatro Aguijón and the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago to increase the number of quality scripts featuring Hispanic play writers. In the second edition, 179 playwrights were submitted by authors from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, España, México, Perú, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Uruguay, the United States and Venezuela. Venezuelan writer Gustavo Ott was awarded first prize for his work “Brutality.” In Spanish.
Fee: Free but reservations are required.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654
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The Art and Science of Saving Venice - FRIDAY, March 24th, 6:30PM
Save Venice Inc. and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago are pleased to invite you for a lecture on restoring and preserving the incredibly vast Venetian art and architectural heritage. Art historian Frederick Ilchman and Melissa Conn, Director of the Venice office of Save Venice, will guide us through the different aspects of such a difficult endeavor which relies on the involvement of different kinds of knowledge and professional figures.
Fee: Free, RSVP required
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
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Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

Be My Baby in Babylonia: Girl Meets Boy and Vice Versa - WEDNESDAY, April 3rd, 7:00-9:00PM
An illustrated lecture which presents two Old Babylonian incantations in comparative perspective. The language and emotions of new love and sexual attraction are shared in compositions as diverse as Akkadian and Sumerian love incantations and popular music from nearly four thousand years later.
Fee: Free
Location: Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
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King of the Yees - FRIDAY, March 31 - FRIDAY, April 14
For Lauren Yee, being a modern woman often clashes with her Chinese family’s values. But when her father disappears, she must embrace her heritage for the first time in order to find him. Explore America’s largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy.
Fee: $10-$25 - 50% off with code from the Chinese-American Museum (link below)
Location: Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60601
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