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For the week of September 18, 2017


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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

LCSL director Imke Meyer and a team of faculty and student volunteers from LCSL and LCLC had a great time with prospective students and their families at Saturday's Open House. We fielded lots of questions about Russian, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Polish, Latin, Lithuanian, Greek, Portuguese, Japanese, Linguistics, and Arabic and handed out lots of yummy treats. We hope to see many of the students we spoke with in our classes in coming years!

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: Websites made easy. Want your students to create public or private websites? Want to create your own website as a teaching portfolio or to showcase your academic work? We'll give show you four free and easy website creation platforms: Wordpress, Google Sites, Wix, and Weebly. We'll help you compare them and decide which platform is right for your needs and your students. Bring a syllabus or idea for an activity. For example, in a literature class, a student or group of students might write weekly prose poems in reaction to the works they read.  In a language class, students might create sites where they collect articles, images, videos about topics that interest them. Bring your ideas 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: Websites made easy
Week of September 18th-22th
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Amazon Storybuilder ( is a free online tool for creating text-based storyboards. With an easy-to-use "corkboard" interface, you can break stories down into individual scenes or segments, and group them into acts or sections. This is a great tool if you want to have students recast or retell a story they're reading. It can also be a great way to have beginning students group and categorize vocabulary words in ways that might make more sense to them than the grouping that the book presents. In courses with a large writing component, Amazon Storybuilder, could be a great way to have students do some non-linear outlining of narrative or argumentative writing since it allows cards to be rearranged simply by dragging.

Amazon Storybuilder supports all alphabets and languages, allows for adding images, and is heavily customizeable to suit a variety of projects. It also allows you to invite collaborators to leave sticky notes and feedback on your boards.

Curious about how you could use recasting, non-linear outlining, or another aspect of Amazon Storybuilder 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.

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Arabic Conversation



German Conversation Chinese Conversation

German: 12-1

Chinese: 12-1 in GH 207

French Conversation


Greek Conversation


German Film


Polish Film


Russian Film

alternating weeks

French Film


Korean Conversation


Italian Conversation




Spanish Conversation


Japanese 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 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.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event
 Common Sounds: Chinese, Haitian, and Ukrainian Music Connections - 
October, 1st, 3pm - 5pm CDT
Experience the common sounds and instruments of distinct cultures with the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and Ukrainian National Museum. This music event will showcase the diversity that's found across three continents, while performers bring out the common sounds and instruments of all three cultures creating one unique world culture experience.
Fee: $10 
Location: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
Click here for more information.