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For the week of September 11, 2017

LCLC staff and LCSL instructors greet students and promote all of UIC's language programs at the LCLC/LCSL table during the Fall Involvement Fair.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The LCLC and LCSL had a very successful outing at the UIC Involvement Fair last Wednesday (pictured above)! We talked to hundreds of students about LSCL's language offering and the Conversation and Film events offered in Grant Hall. We're looking forward to connecting with some prospective future Flames this coming weekend at the UIC Open House -

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!

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!

Weekly Workshop: Collecting and grading student work in Blackboard. Have you ever wished your students' homework exercises could grade themselves? Or maybe hoped for an easy way to collect and grade weekly response papers? These things exist and they're at your fingertips - in Blackboard! Using Blackboard tests - which don't have to be tests at all! - you can recreate worksheets that self-grade, give students immediate feedback, allow students to repeat activities to improve and learn, and more. And Blackboard's Assignment feature lets students submit documents to you online without you having to search your inbox to find emails. Assigments collect all submissions in one place, keep track of what was submitted when, and can even check for plagiarism. Plus, Assigments can be graded directly in Blackboard saving time and paper. In this week's workshop, we'll show you all that these feature can do and help you figure out how to integrate them into your class. 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: Collecting and grading student work in Blackboard
Week of September 11th-15th
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Starting next week YouTube's online video editing tool, which we've recommended before, will no longer be available. But don't despair! WeVideo ( is a free, easy-to-use tool perfect for making short videos that you can then upload to YouTube. Using video from your computer, you can add transitions, audio, and other effects easily and intuitively online. If you get stuck, WeVideo has it's very own WeVideo Academy to guide you as you edit your video.

Why might you use WeVideo? It's perfect for students to make:

  • self-presentation videos
  • commercials for some aspect of their target culture
  • dramatizations of a scene from a novel being studied
  • video dialogues or skits
  • and more!

and for instructors who want to make:

  • grammar or vocabulary presentations for a flipped lesson
  • short clips of authentic video from the target culture
  • and more!

Curious about how you could use video in your class? Email us at to setup an appointment to discuss it!


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



German Conversation Chinese Conversation

German: 12-1

Chinese: 12-1 in GH 207

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

 The Hysterical Material [ART EXHIBIT] - Sepember 14th-December 17th
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, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event
 The Nile Hilton Incident [FILM] - 
Sepember 15th-21st
On the eve of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, a Cairo cop looks into the murder of a call girl. When his investigation points toward a larger conspiracy involving a corrupt politician, he realizes he may be in over his head. This is the Chicago premiere of this Arabic-language Sundance winner from Swedish director Tarik Saleh.
Fee: $11, students $7, members $6 
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.