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For the week of January 15, 2017

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Students play a game during German Conversation Hour. Encourage your students to attend conversation hour this semester. Email us to find out how you can start a conversation or film hour for your language!

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The LCLC wishes you all a very happy New Year. We look forward to working with you on your Spring 2018 classes.

We're pleased to welcome a new RA this semester. Matt Rivera (TESOL) joins returning RAs Catherine, Lucas, and Shem in helping you solve your tech troubles and learn more about using technology in the classroom.

The LCLC will be open MWThF 9-5 and T 10:30-12:30 and 2-5. If you have a detailed question, we recommend scheduling an appointment by emailing lclc@uic.eduCan't make it to us? Email us and we might be able to help.

There are no conversation or film events this week. Most events begin next week - see our website for individual event start dates.

Grad students and lecturers: 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.

It's not too late to think about adding a small project to your Spring course. A map, wiki, website, Thinglink, video, online quiz, or other tech project might be just the thing you need. Email us at to make an appointment to discuss your course - we have projects and ideas for any course!

Weekly Workshop: What can Blackboard do for me? Posting class materials, creating quizzes, streaming moviesdiscussion boards, wikis, portfolios, fostering student collaboration and creativity... We'll show you a variety of Blackboard tools and help you figure out which are right for you. 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 January 16-19th
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

from the archives

Comic strips and storyboards to hone analysis and foster creativity: Have your students use one of these freecomic strip or storyboard sites to demonstrate their understanding of a text or a scene by boiling it down to the four most important moments, for example. Encourage them to find both their inner literary/cultural critic and their inner artist.

Post all the comic strips/storyboards on a class wiki and have students vote on the strip that best communicates the plot of the story. Here's an example:

Arsene Lupin thumbnailSummary of a short story from a UIC 200-level French course

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, 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.

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

Stammtisch Open Haus - Games Night - Friday, January 19, 7:30 PM

Germany is a haven for board games and friendly competition. Come and enjoy an evening of playing games with others and grabbing a beer while relaxing with old and new friends. We hope to see you there.
Fee: Free Admission; Snacks & Drinks for purchase
Locations:  German American Cultural Center 6th Floor Skyline Lounge, 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

A Matter of Perspective: Constructing Space in Italian Art - Relativity [LECTURE] - Tuesday, January 23, 6:00-8:00 PM
This series of three lectures looks at the history of representation in Italian art from the unrealistic organizations of space in medieval paintiing and the recovery of classical perspective that shaped the Renaissance to the fragmentation of space in modern and contemporary art.
Fee: Free
Locations: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.