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For the week of October 1, 2018

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Students having fun at Chinese Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome to Week 6!  A great week to encourage your students to watch more videos in the language(s) they are learning. Youtube has some great free features that allow students to slow down audio and to get closed captioning in many languages so students can compare the audio with a written translation.  You yourself could get a tech boost by dropping into this week's LCLC workshop on Voice Recording Tools or by contacting us anytime at with your questions!

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: Voice Recording Tools In a language classroom voice recordings are especially valuable. Students get more opportunity to practice speaking in another language, instructors get to hear more of every students’ pronunciation and assess not only writing or grammar. These tools can be helpful with pronunciation practice, oral comprehension, oral responses to various cues (video, audio, images), storytelling, presentation, oral discussions, and more. Want to know the best and easiest tools to record voice beyond VoiceThread? Come to our workshop this week! We will introduce you to such tools like: Blackboard Voice Board, Vocaroo, Voki, and SoundCloud.

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: Voice Recording Tools
Week of October 1st-5th
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Want your students to engage with more authentic materials?

  YouTube offers some great features to make foreign-language videos easier for learners of all levels to explore. Click the gear icon at the bottom-right corner of the YouTube player. The “speed” and “subtitles” settings are two useful ways to manipulate videos:  videos can be slowed down, and subtitles can be generated in the language of the video as well as in English. Lower-level learners can slow videos down and set subs/auto-translate to their native language. Higher-level learners can set subs/auto-translate to the target language.

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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.

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Arabic Conversation


Chinese Conversation


Russian Conversation

In GH 305

Polish Conversation

Every other week

Polish Film

Every other week

German Film

Starting 10/16

Russian Film

Every other week
In GH 305


German Conversation


Italian Conversation


Korean Conversation




In GH 207

Every other week

Spanish Conversation


Korean Conversation


Japanese Conversation


French 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

Borsalino City [Film Screening] - Thursday, October 4th, 6:00-8:00 PM
This 2016 documentary film directed by Enrica Viola tells the history of the Borsalino hat, which became an iconic and sought-after piece of memorabilia after being worn by actor Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini's legendary film 8½, from the factory where it was conceived in a small Italian town to the glamorous world of Hollywood. The documentary is based on different testimonies, drawing a picture of two worlds: a small provincial town of entrepreneurs, workers and local historians on the one hand, and world of Hollywood, famous actors, and international film culture on the other, with both worlds united by the famous hat.
Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
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Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Love and its demons. Spanish secular Music from the XVII and XVIII centuries - Friday, October 12th, 7:00-8:30 PM
Through secular songs and cantatas (these last ones, obtained from the Mackworth Manuscript) from different Spanish composers, this program makes a journey through the different stages and forms of love. From the hypnotizing chant of sirens, the lovers’ indecision, and the rancor of indifference and finally the triumph of love; this program shows us the universality and timelessness of the sorrows and pleasures of this feeling.
Location: Instituto Cervantes (Chicago) - Auditorio, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654
Click here for more information.