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For the week of December 4, 2017

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The LCLC is proud of Christina, Zach, and Julia, who presented "Exploring the Video Essay: Strategies for Student Engagement" at ACTFL. Julia was an LCLC RA, and Zach and Christina took LCSL 505. They are all German grads.

Keep an eye on the LCLC website for an upcoming Tech Success Story featuring Christina, Zach, and Julia!

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

If you have ideas for your class for SPRING 2018 or last-minute questions about final projects for your current class, the LCLC is here to help! Email for an appointment or stop by during our normal hours - Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

LCSL 505 is open for registration for Spring 2018! Love teaching? Thinking about looking for a job? LSCL 505 is a one-credit course 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.

Planning Spring 2018 classes? Are you teaching something new and not sure quite how to approach the content? Or maybe you're teaching an old favorite but looking to spice it up with a new activity or project? The LCLC is here to help you with all of your teaching needs! While technology is our specialty, we're also experienced teachers who are always happy to work with your on developing the best language and culture courses possible for your students. Email us at to make an appointment to discuss your Spring courses! The LCLC will be closed after finals week, so now's the time!

There have been several changes to the Oasis events schedule this week. Please see the schedule below for this week's schedule. This is the last week for all other Conversation Hours and Film Series.

Weekly Workshop: Reference Management Tools It's that time of the semester where you may be asking your students to do some research. Why not show them tools that both you and they can use to keep track of references and correctly format citations? This week's workshop will focus on two popular, *FREE* reference management tools, Zotero and RefWorks. The LCLC will guide you through both tools and help you understand their main features and differences.

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: Reference Management Tools
Week of December 4th-8th
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Most word processing programs (like Word or Google Docs) have grammar checkers built into them. But they're not very detailed, and sometimes, their advice is downright confusing. Thankfully, in the last couple of years, several web-based options have come onto the scene that can be of great use to students and instructors alike. Chief amongst these tools is Hemingway ( Using Hemingway you can see the readability and grade level of your text but also things like what sentences are hard to read, where you could use simpler phrasings, and suggestions on how to make your writing clearer by limiting the use of adverbs and passive voice. Instead of just pointing out these things though, Hemingway's unique interface suggests alternatives and changes that you can make and allows you to edit and revise while the site constantly updates its feedback. This makes it a great tool for students writing papers and instructors trying to trim down and simplify syllabi and other course documents

New at Daley Library: 

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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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Arabic Conversation


French Film


Spanish Conversation


Korean Conversation


Russian Conversation

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Greek Conversation


Italian Conversation


Korean Conversation


Spanish Film


German Film


French Conversation


Polish 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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This Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 October: Ten Days that Shook the World [FILM] - Wednesday, December 6, 5:30 PM
For the 10th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Eisenstein re-enacted the 10 days that shook the world. Using thousands of extras, the then 29-year-old shooting star of Soviet cinema tells the story of the events that led to the fall of the house of the Romanovs. Silent with English intertitles
Fee: Free. RSVP required.
Location: 150 North Michigan Avenue Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Les pépites / Little Gems [FILM] - Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 PM

"Les Pépites is one of those documentaries, and there are not so many, giving us faith in humanity." – Telerama.
Born in 1975 in Phnom-Penh, Kai-Duc Luong fled the oppressive Khmer Rouge regime from Cambodia to Vietnam to France, where his family settled in Paris, in 1978. An award-wining video artist and photographer exhibited around the world, he shares his time between Chicago and Paris. In French with English subtitles.
Fee: $7 Members / $10 Non-Members 
Locations: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W Chicago Ave, Chicago IL, 60654
Click here for more information.