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For the week of February 12, 2018

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Students explore Chinese culture together during Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Starting today you can follow the LCLC on Instagram (@lclcuic) in addition to Facebook and Twitter! This is the best way to keep up-to-date on events in GH 308. Encourage your students to follow us, too!

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend this week's LCSL 505 session.

We'll be discussing the basics of creating an online teaching portfolio using Google Sites and the challenges of identifying appropriate technologies for the classroom. LCSL 505 meets from 3-4:45 this Friday, February 9th in GH 304.

The Chicago Language Symposium will be held at the University of Chicago on April 21st. This year's topic is "Learning from Less Commonly Taught Languages." See below for the Call for Proposals. The LCLC is a co-sponsor and we encourage LCSL instructors and graduate students to submit a proposal and/or attend: it's FREE!

The challenges of teaching a LCTL have spurred collaborations, new sources of materials and media, and innovation in teaching and assessment. What can we learn from our colleagues? How can and does their work impact ours? How can we work together?

Topics may include:

  • Program building
  • Materials development and authenticity
  • Outreach and recruitment
  • LCTLs in the context of large language departments
  • The burden – or freedom – of the “one-(wo)man show”
  • The challenges of collaboration
  • Relevance of standards and guidelines

Language instructors at all levels are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome. Submission information here - submission deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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!

Weekly Workshop: Make your videos interactive! Do your students actually watch the videos you post on line? Interactive video tools help keep students actively learning by including comprehension checks, annotations, and reflective open-ended questions right in the videos. We’ll demo four video quiz tools -- Vizia, H5P, PlayPosit, and EDpuzzle -- and Adventr -- a tool that lets you choose what happens next -- and help you find the right fit for your class. Bring a link to a video you use or would like to use!

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 your videos interactive!
Week of February 12 - 16th
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Help your students with custom instructions from the LCLC

So many tech tools, so little time! If you are using a tool and need instructions that you can't find online, check out our technology guides Can't find the student or instructor guide you need there? Email and ask. We may have one ready or we can create one for you.

If you have specific instructions - maybe you want your students to name their VoiceThread a certain way or include a YouTube video in their wiki entry - we can create custom instructions tailored to your assignment. Using more focused instructions like these can help avoid confusion for your students, especially those who are less tech-savvy.

New at Daley Library: 

Tengo Tengo Tengo Nichts ist doch schon etwas Ma vie sans moi

UIC LCLC social media! Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Facebook page and Instagram and Twitter feeds. 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.


Arabic Conversation


Chinese Conversation


Spanish Conversation


Korean Conversation


Arabic Conversation


Korean Conversation


Arabic Conversation


German Conversation


Greek Conversation


Italian Conversation


Spanish Film


Japanese Conversation


French Film


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

 Citywide Chinese New Year Kick Off 2018 - FRIDAY, February 16, 12:00-1:00PM
Celebrating its 34th year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society kicks off the Year of the Dog with a festive display of Chinese dance, music, and martial arts. In addition to featuring some of Chicago’s finest artists, the Chongqing Chuanju Theater Troupe, here from China, will give a special sneak peak of their upcoming performance at Symphony Center. The mystical art of mask changing will be featured, in addition to dramatic acts and acrobatic feats. Don’t forget to wear red for good fortune!
Location: Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Stop Repeating History: Day of Remembrance 2018 - SUNDAY, February 18,  2:00-4:00PM
Each year, Chicago’s Japanese American community comes together to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. This program, which includes a kynote address by Dale Minami, a panel discussion and a Taiko drum perfomance, serves as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.
Fee: FREE - RSVP requested
Location: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Click here for more information.