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For the week of September 4, 2017

Prague, Czech Republic by Imke Meyer


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Check out the LCLC and LCSL table at today's (Wednesday 9/6) Involvement Fair! We'll be on the Library Plaza from 11-4 promoting language and culture events and programs at UIC. Can't make it out? Check out our Twitter - @lclc - for photos during the event!

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.

Does your course have a large film component? UIC's library has recently heavily expanded their offerings through the free film streaming service Kanopy. New additions include:

Not sure how to integrate these videos into your course? Email us at!

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!

Weekly Workshop: This week our workshop will show you how to Work Smarter with GoogleApps@UIC. UIC's GoogleApps are more than just email. They're a powerful set of easy-to-use online tools designed with collaboration in mind that include alternatives to many Microsoft Office tools, as well as a website builder, cloud storage, quiz making tool, and more! Most importantly, GoogleApps can be accessed by logging in with a UIC ID and password and are FERPA compliant. In this week's workshop we'll introduce you to the major components of the GoogleApps@UIC suite of tools and share some ideas for using them in language and culture teaching at all levels. As always, we'll help you figure out the best tool for your project, so bring your syllabus or an idea with you! 

Because of the Involvement Fair, workshops will take place on Thursday and Friday this week.

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 September 4th-8th
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

from the archives

URL shortners make it easy to share website addresses with students and colleagues. While there are several popular services for shortening web addresses like Bitly and Google's URL Shortener, UIC offers its own tool that we think is even better - Webtools Toolbox Short URL (!

Perhaps you want to make an internal page of your department website easier to point people to. Or maybe you're teaching a language class and there's an online verb conjugation tool you'd like your students to use. You can use Webtools' Short URL to turn these long, complicated links into something short and easy to remember like that can then be distributed via email, social media, print, or any other medium. Because it's short and to the point, people will remember your link and make more frequent use of the site it points to. If later, the website is no longer available or you want to change the site that your short link directs to, you can do that easily and without fuss.

Best of all, unlike Bitly and Google, Webtools' Short URLs are completely private - no one will ever know what your link is unless you give it to them - but can also be managed collaboratively.

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

This Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Opening of the solo exhibition "Supernova" by Enrico Magnani - SATURDAY, September 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.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event
 The Hysterical Material - 
Sepember 14th - December 17th, 2017
This exhibition features nine sculptures and works on paper from the Smart Museum and other collections. It places works by Rodin and Nauman into unusual spatial relationships, calling attention to the artists’ mutual artistic concerns while also focusing a lens on how each sculptor conceives of the body as an emotional instrument, something not always understood by the rational mind.
Fee: Free and open to the public
Location: Smart Museum of Art Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 Click here for more information.