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For the week of April 24, 2017

Students conversing in Japanese

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Happy last week of classes! Now's the time to think about Fall classes (LCSL 505), teaching (VoiceThread and beyond), and us at for summer help with all of the above and below.

Have you ever used VoiceBoard or other Blackboard VoiceTools? Those tools are being canceled by UIC beginning in May 2017 and you will no longer have access to any content created with those tools. If you would like help backing up any materials you have in the current tools and moving them to the new alternative – VoiceThread – please email us at to set up an appointment THIS WEEK.

Interested in learning more about VoiceThread? Check out this week's LCLC workshop!

LCSL 505 is open for registration for Fall 2017! Love teaching? Thinking about looking for a job? LSCL 505 is a one-credit cousrse designed to help you integrate technology into current or future classes and begin to create an online teaching portfolio.

This Teaching Professional Development Workshop is co-taught by the Language and Culture Learning Center Director, Dr. Elizabeth Weber, and the LCLC Postdoc, Dr. Abigail Stahl.

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!

Weekly Workshop: Get to Know 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:


LCLC Weekly Workshop: Get to Know VoiceThread
Week of April 24-28
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A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Unfiltered News ( is a global news website that lets you see what the world is talking about. The site gives you a map of the world and shows you what topics are trending in each country’s news. Clicking on a keyword rearranges the map to highlights where that topic is most popular by resizing countries. You can also search to see what countries are talking about the topic you’re interested in.

Selecting or searching for a topic also produces a list of related headlines from around the globe organized by country. Headlines can be clicked on to jump to the original news source – reputable publications, including most major national news outlets from each country - in its original language.

Unfiltered News also features an interactive timeline that allows you to explore how news topic trends change over time.

This is a great way to encourage students to keep up with what’s going on both in the US and in their target culture(s), and to help them make connections between their culture and the culture they’re learning about. It's also a great resource for studentss to use for current event research projects.

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


Japanese 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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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at

This Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Staglieno Cemetery: Genoa's magnificent, neglected sculpture museum - TUESDAY, April 25th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Genoa is not on the "grand tour" of Italy - everyone focuses on Rome, Florence and Venice. Very little attention is given to Genoa, and even less to a cemetery on the edge of town. Yet, this monumental cemetery, Staglieno, is the most extraordinary outdoor sculpture museum in Europe and one of its most hidden and unlikely treasures.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N. Michigan Ave.
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event
Polish Constitution Day Parade 2017 - 
SATURDAY, May 6th, 11:30AM

This year Chicago celebration of the Polish Constitution of 1791 will be held on Saturday, May 6th, 2015, at 11:30 AM, on a new route, along Columbus Drive. This 126th Chicago parade is in honor of the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the United States Constitution. Every year the Parade gathers thousands of people devoted to Polonia and Poland. Polish values, history, traditions and culture will be presented by the participants of this biggest outside Poland Parade.
Fee: Free
Location: S. Columbus Dr & E. Balbo Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Click here for more information.