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For the week of August 28, 2017

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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome to all! The LCLC is looking forward to working with you this year to use technology to make learning and teaching enjoyable and productive for you and your students.

Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure how to make it work? Is there a technology that you’d like to learn more about or possibly use in your course? The LCLC is here to help! We have tech tools for every kind of project - in any kind of class from beginning language to advanced graduate - and can help you find the best way to integrate them effectively and meaningfully into your teaching. Email us at with all your questions!

We also lend equipment to instructors: laptops, tablets, projectors, video cameras, digital cameras, microphones, wireless keyboards and mouses, DVD and Blu-Ray burners, and more! Want to connect your phone, tablet, or laptop to your classroom podium, but don’t know how? We may have what you need - contact us at

Graduate students and lecturers - Enhance your teaching skills and learn more about teaching with technology.  Register for LCSL 505, our one-credit workshop.  Employers are increasingly looking for instructors who can demonstrate experience with using technology - 505 on your transcript is one way to do that. 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.

The LCLC is pleased to welcome Shem Dado (German) to the LCLC team. She joins returning RAs Catherine, Lucas, and Wenya in helping you solve your tech troubles and learn more about using technology in the classroom.

Weekly Workshop: What can Blackboard do for me? Posting class materials, creating quizzes, streaming movies, discussion boards, wikis, portfolios, fostering student collaboration and creativity... The LCLC staff will introduce you to a variety of Blackboard tools and help you figure out which ones are right for your class. Please 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: What can Blackboard do for me?
Week of August 28th - September 1st
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

from the archives

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.

Weekly events for you and your students in 308 Grant Hall, listed below and on our calendar: All events at the LCLC are free and open to students of all levels (and the whole UIC community). To request 308 for your cultural event, click here.



Please see for the most up-to-date schedule.

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

Arabic Conversation



Chinese Conversation


German Conversation


French Conversation


Spanish Conversation


Greek Conversation


German Film


Polish Film


Russian Film

alternating weeks

French Film


Korean Conversation


Italian Conversation




Spanish Conversation



Korean Conversation


Japanese Conversation



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

 Taste of Polonia Festival - FRIDAY, September 1st thru MONDAY, September 4th
The Taste of Polonia Festival 2017 fills the Copernicus Center and grounds with non-stop LIVE MUSIC, food, and activities for all ages yearly over Labor Day Weekend!
Fee: $5 before 5pm, $10 after 5pm
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event
Opening of the solo exhibition "Supernova" by Enrico Magnani - 
SATURDAY, Sepember 7th, 7PM
Enrico Magnani is an Italian artist born in 1972. Enrico Magnani is an Italian artist active on the international art scene. His first exhibition opened in 1997 in Milan. Until 2006, he worked as a figurative painter and after a transition period, his work has become exclusively abstract. The exhibition will feature works of art created specifically for the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago by the artist. A reception will follow. The artist will be in attendance.
Fee: Free - RSVP required:
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.