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For the week of February 4, 2019

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Dr. Chiara Fabbian and Brian from LCLC representng LCSL program at the Winter Involvement Fair

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

From Quechua to Dutch to Morse code, last week we learned ways of saying “it’s cold” in upwards of thirty languages –just in time for this week’s warmer weather. LCSL crowdsourced and consolidated the results on all our social media accounts. Check out your colleagues’ contributions on the LCLC Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Speaking of contributions, the LCLC is excited to receive your proposal submissions for the 2019 Chicago Language Symposium. Submit proposals by February 22 here: languagesymposium.publish.uic.eduLCSL faculty and graduate students attend for free. Mark your calendar for April 13, 2019. We hope it won’t be cold then!

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 in any langauge with TypeIt!

TypeIt ( is an easy-to-use website that allows you to easily add accents and diacritics when typing in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. With TypeIt, you simply type your text as normal and use the clickable on-screen keyboard to add special characters. Alternatively, you can use special, simple shortcut keys unique to the site for quicker typing. Once you've typed your text into TypeIt, copy/pasting it into any website or program is a breeze. 

This is a great tool for students working on Chromebooks (who can't make use of Word's shortcut keys) and those who are writing in languages with wholly different alphabets.

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: Make Your Images and Videos Interactive with Thinglink!
Week of February 4th - 8th
GH 301
GH 301

Weekly Workshop: Make Your Images and Videos Interactive with Thinglink!

Lots of LCSL instructors have tried Thinglink in fun, creative ways - student self-presentations, student annotated film stills, and student annotated maps. This workshop will show you how to use Thinglink in lots of ways, from vocabulary presentations to textual analysis - in classes of all levels. You and your students can start creating your own interactive media!  As always, we'll help you figure out the best way to integrate this tool into your course - so bring your syllabus and ideas.

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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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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This 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
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Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 El día de la cabra (Bad lucky goat) [Film Screening] - WEDNESDAY, February 13th, 6:00-7:30PM
After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, embark on a journey of reconciliation. Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family's hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings will visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, pawn shops, car mechanics and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise. Co-presented with the Consulate General of Colombia in Chicago.
Film screened in Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Institutio Cervantes (Chicago) - Auditorio, 31 W Ohio St., Chicago, IL 6654
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