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For the week of January 22, 2018

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Dr. Chiara Fabbian helps promote LCSL programs at the Spring Involvement Fair.

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The LCLC and LCSL had another very successful Involvement Fair last Friday (pictured above)! We talked to dozens of students about LCSL's course offerings and the Conversation and Film events in Grant Hall. We hope you'll see many of these students in your classes and events!

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: Make Homework Easy for Everyone with 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! You can create worksheets that self-grade, give students immediate feedback, allow students to repeat activities to improve and learn. Students can submit documents to you online: the Assignments feature collects all submissions in one place, keeps track of what was submitted when, and can check for plagiarism. Plus, Assignments can be graded directly in Blackboard saving time and paper. In this week's workshop, we'll show you all that these features 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: Make Homework Easy for Everyone with Blackboard
Week of January 22-26
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

from the archives

Do Introductions Online!

When students feel comfortable with their classmates, they talk more and are generally more engaged in class. To help your students get to know one another better, think about having them do get-to-know-you presentations.

Class time is precious, so why not move these introductions online?

You could have students present themselves (in English or the target language depending on level) with activities like:

  • class wiki on Blackboard - Each student writes a page introducing themselves.
  • visual presentation using Thinglink - Students pick an image that represents them and then use tags to explain more about who they are, where they’re from, what they’re studying, etc.
  • map using StoryMapsJS or a timeline with Sutori (formerly HSTRY) – Students add points related to things they’ve done or places they’ve been.
  • Voiceboard - Students introduce themselves orally.
  • mini-webpage using the new Google Sites.
  • A short video using a simple video tool like Wideo on Animatron.
  • slideshow using Google Slides.
  • cartoon using PowtoonStoryboard That, or ToonyTool.
  • mind map or flowchart presenting themselves using WiseMapping – Students add and group bubbles to describe themselves.

Students can share their projects on Blackboard via a blog, wiki, or discussion board.

For all of these, you can assign certain questions or topics for students to cover to keep the project from growing out of control.

Have an idea for an online presentation but aren’t sure how to make it work? Email us at and we’ll help you figure it out!

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.


Chinese Conversation


Spanish Conversation


Korean Conversation


Arabic Conversation


Korean Conversation


German Conversation


Greek Conversation


Italian Conversation

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Japanese Conversation


French Film


Spanish Film

in GH 305

French Conversation


Polish Film

every other week
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Russian Film

every other week
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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

 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 painting 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.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Trivia: Francophone World - THURSDAY, February 1, 6:00 PM
Come see how much you know about French speaking areas, communities, and countries. Categories could include (but are not limited to) countries, cities, food, dialects and people! There will be prizes and fun to be had. Come to this casual evening with a friend or come solo. Don't worry, we will set you all up in teams and go from there. Everyone is welcome! Whether you know everything or little to nothing about the Francophone World, this trivia night will sure to be a good time full of curious, like-minded lovers of all things French! Refreshments will be served.
Fee: $5
Locations: Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
Click here for more information.