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For the week of January 28, 2019

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Students having fun at Japanese Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Happy third week of classes! Events at the LCLC, drop-in office hours, and our weekly workshops are in full commission. Feel free to drop us a line or stop in if you are looking for help configuring your Blackboard site or implementing a tech tip. Wishing you the smoothest semester yet!

The LCLC is hosting the 2019 Chicago Language Symposium April 13, 2019. All faculty, lecturers, and grad students are encouraged to submit proposals and attend (free!). This symposium will explore learning modules that integrate ACTFL's 21st century skills. Language departments increasingly have to justify the value of language learning to administrators and the public. In response, ACTFL has adopted the 21st Century Skills Map for language instruction that outlines how students' langauge competencies beyond language proficiency give them skills for careers in a whide cariety of professions.
Rebecca Rubin Damari, University of Maryland, is the keynote speaker: "Integrating ACTFL's 21st Century Skills into the World Language Cirriculum." 
Proposal deadline: February 22, 2019. Click here to visit our website and submit a proposal.

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: 

While many of our students are “digital natives,” research shows that they often don’t know how to use the technology we work with in teaching. Things like Blackboard, Voiceboard, Wikis, Discussion Boards, online tests, and other tools that we’ve learned to use and integrate into our courses, often pose a steep learning curve for students. Other aspects of everyday technologies also pose a challenge: both checking and composing emails is often something students seem to struggle with.

Student difficulty in using tech is frustrating, both for them and for us. Help alleviate this frustration by teaching them to work with the technology you expect them to use. Before your first tech assignment, create a low-stakes/no-stakes assignment using the same tools so they can work out all the kinks before it really matters:

  • Create a practice Voiceboard where students just say their name. Make them play it back and check that everything worked, then answer a one question quiz to verify they’ve done it.
  • Create a practice blog where students post the poster and IMDb link of their favorite film.
  • Create a practice test on a commonly-known or easy-to-Google topic (Chicago facts, the UIC campus, etc.) that uses all the question types you expect students to see.
  • Have students watch a short Sharestream video (like a TV commercial) and take a short quiz or write a brief summary.

To encourage students to complete these practice assignments, grade them for completeness or the attempt, count them as participation, or give bonus points.


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: Blackboard Rubrics
Week of January 28th-February 1st


GH 301
GH 301

Weekly Workshop: Grading with Rubrics in Blackboard. Do you already use rubrics when you grade? Are you interested in starting? Blackboard rubrics make grading a snap and let you quickly (and paperlessly!) give students feedback on their assignments. They also help keep grading uniform, which makes them great for large or multi-section courses. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to design a good rubric, learn how Blackboard rubrics work and how you can pair them with Blackboard's inline grading feature, and help you set up your own rubric based on an assignment for your class. Be sure to bring a copy of your syllabus or assignment!

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.

Click a flag to view event details including film titles and descriptions.


Chinese Conversation


Chinese Conversation


Russian Film


German Film

Starting 3/5

Spanish Conversation


German Conversation


Korean Conversation


Italian Conversation


Ancient World, Modern Media
Every other week


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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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at

This Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Falbalas [Film Screening] - WEDNESDAY, January 30th, 7:45PM
When FALBALAS, long unseen in the U.S., resurfaced during the recent round of Becker retrospectives, several critics were struck by the resemblances between it and Paul Thomas Anderson's THE PHANTOM THREAD. Boldly mixing romantic comedy with Hoffmanesque fairy tale, the film centers on Philippe Clarence (Raymond Rouleau), a brilliant, temperamental couturier who uses and discards women as easily as one would last year's dress. At a creative ebb, he finds renewed inspiration in his best friend's fiancée (Micheline Presle), but this one proves not so easy to forget. Becker beautifully captures the bustling, hothouse atmosphere of the fashion house; Jean Paul Gaultier cited this as the film that inspired him to become a fashion designer. 
Screened in French with English subtitles.
Fee: $6 for members, $11 for non-members
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

 Athletics and Leisure: Greek Games and Roman Baths [Lecture] - TUESDAY, February 5th, 6:00-8:00PM
This series of lectures, "Sport, Spectacle, and Games under the Roman Empire", by Professor Sinclair Bell will look at the different ways in which sport and spectacle permeated the society and culture of the ancient Roman Empire (ca. 1-200 CE). The lectures investigate several different forms of public entertainment and leisure – gladiatorial combats and naval battles, athletics and bathing, and chariot-racing – and the respective monumental spaces in which they took place. Drawing on artistic, architectural, and archaeological evidence as well as contemporary literary sources, these lectures will wrestle with the problematic nature of their classification as sport vs. spectacle.
Fee: FREE with registration
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.