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For the week of December 3, 2018

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Students having fun at German Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

With just one week until finals, we know things can get hectic. The LCLC is happy to help with any last minute tech or organizational tips to help make the end of the semester as easy as can be. Stop by or drop us a line if you wish to review any of our workshops from this semester, or check out this week's workshop on generating customized class surveys.

Also, don’t forget to promote the new peer tutoring resource to students in French, German, and Italian BLP. Click HERE for more information and meet the tutors!

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!

A teaching with technology tip of the week: Switching Between Language Keyboards

Are you tired of constantly clicking the corner of your screen to switch between keyboards? There are a couple ways you can easily switch between different language keyboard layouts with a simple hotkey!

WINDOWS (no activation needed):

Option 1: Hit the “alt” + “shift” keys simultaneously to cycle through whichever keyboard layouts you have enabled.

Option 2: With Windows 10, another combination you can use is the Windows key + spacebar, which will briefly show you which language you are using on the edge of the screen.


MAC (quick activation needed):

  1. To activate, go to “System Preferences”, click on “Keyboard
  2. In “Keyboard”, click on “Shortcuts” and select “Input Sources” on the left side menu
  3. Check both options displaying: “Select the previous input source” and “Select next source in input menu”, and done!
  4. Then, change between languages at any time pressing Control and the Space Bar.




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.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Customized Feedback with Survey Tools
Week of December 3rd-7th

GH 301

GH 301

Weekly Workshop:  Customized Feedback with Survey Tools. Have you thought about creating a customized end-of-semester survey? Looking for feedback from your students about specific class activities or projects? In addition to the automatically-generated Teaching Evaluations, consider using Survey Monkey, Blackboard Surveys, Webtools, or Google Forms to tailor your questions to your class and help you improve your future syllabi.

During this week’s workshop we’ll look at what these survey tools have to offer in terms of themes and templates, question blocks, and design layout. All of these tools are free or accessible with a Google or UIC login and are easy to use.

Want to learn more? Stop by the LCLC in GH 301 with your syllabus this week to discover these tools and start putting together your survey!

Can't make the scheduled workshop times? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office:

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


Russian Film

Every other week


German Conversation


Italian Conversation


Korean Conversation




Arabic 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

 The Identity Paradox: How Our Multiple Identities Both Divide and Unite Us [Lecture] - THURSDAY, December 6th, 6:00PM
In this exploration of universal identity issues—which are at the core of innumerable conflicts around the world— Prof. Judith Levi presents insights about identity she has derived from 20 years of working in German-Jewish dialogue and reconciliation. These insights address the complexity of our identities, how they influence our "reconciliation readiness," and how we can use our identities to unite instead of divide us—by refocusing on our common humanity. Katya Lipovetsky, Israeli Director of Cultural Affairs, will present how Israelis’ complex identities are embodied in Israeli society today—how they collide at times, and come together at other times, with the other complex identities around them. A Q&A session follows.
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago - 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 200, Chicago, lL 60601
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Pa negre (Black Bread) [Film Screening] - TUESDAY, December 11th, 7:00-8:45PM  
In the hard years of postwar rural Catalonia, Andreu, a child belonguing to the side of the loosers, finds in the forest the death bodies of a man and his son. The authorities want to charge these deaths to his father and the child will try to find out who the real perpetrators are. On this tour, Andreu will develop a moral conscience in the adults' world fed by lies. To survive, he will betray his own roots and will end up discovering the monster that inhabits in himself.
Film shown in Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Auditorio - Instituto Cervantes (Chicago) - 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654
Click here for more information.