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For the week of January 14, 2019

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Students having fun at last semester's Japanese Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

We're back and so are you!  LCLC events start next week, including conversation hours and film series—please let your students know. Tech workshops for faculty and graduate students start next week as well.  Do you have a question?  Contact  us at
LCLC Peer Tutoring for French, German, and Italian BLP starts next week, too.  Our wonderful peer tutors will be visiting these BLP classes this week to encourage students to take advantage of free peer tutoring in 305 GH. You may find the LCLC Peer Tutoring website and schedule here:
Save the date: Winter Involvement Fair, January 24th 11-3, SCE Illinois Room. LCLC will publicize all LCSL languages, majors, and minors, as well as Peer Tutoring.  Hundreds of students drop by for information (and free candy and buttons), so come join us!
Iwona Lech, LCLC Digital Humanities Postdoc and LCLC RAs Lisa, Brian, Matt, and Bernadette all join me in welcoming you to a new semester.  We look forward to working with you this semester on all your tech 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!

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

 Type special characters using Alt codes

Are you tired of copying and pasting special characters when you type? Do ümläüts and áccént marks break your creative flow? On Windows, you can use your alt key & numpad to type these letters quickly!

Just hold down either alt key on your keyboard and type in a three- or four-letter sequence to type the letter you want in only a second! Not only will this help you type fluidly in languages besides English, but you can type non-linguistic symbols like the degree sign º (alt+0186) or a square root √ (alt+251) without resorting to a Google search!

You can find a list of characters that are typeable via the alt code method on this website.

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.

Chinese Conversation


Beginning 1/28



Spanish Conversation




German Conversation


Beginning 1/23

Italian Conversation


Beginning 1/30


Korean Conversation

Beginning 1/24

Japanese Conversation
French Conversation


Beginning 1/25



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

 Antoine and Antoinette [Film]: FRIDAY, January 18th 2019, 4:15-6:00 PM
This film screening belongs to a series of various films by acclaimed director Jacques Becker which will run until the end of the month. One of the cinema’s most romantic
portraits of married life, Antoine and Antoinette (1947) vividly establishes the
attractive young couple’s connubial bliss, then puts it to the test via a lecherous grocer
and a lost lottery ticket. This casually revolutionary film looks forward to the New
Wave with its fluid, in-the-streets camerawork, and its freewheeling directorial
flourishes. Lingering on peripheral characters and incidents, Becker’s centrifugal
style weaves a rich tapestry of everyday life around the slight but engaging story. Shown in French with English subtitles.
Fee: $8.00 per ticket
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center; 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection: open NOW through Sunday, January 27th 2019
During the 17th century,  ukiyo, or the “floating world,” was born in Japan's largest cities Kyoto, Osaka, and Edo, and artists of the period captured this popular phenomena in ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world.” Over the last 25 years, Roger Weston has assembled an outstanding collection of ukiyo-e paintings—masterpieces by the most famed artists of the day. This exhibition, the first public showing of his comprehensive ukiyo-e painting collection in the United States, showcases the sheer beauty of floating world painting and offers an exclusive view of the urban amusements of early modern Japan.
Fee: Included with general admission to museum ($19 for students)
Location: Regenstein Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago; 111 S. Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60603
Click here for more information.