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For the week of February 11, 2019

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Students having fun at Spanish Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Thanks to all of you, our events, conversation hours and film series are in full swing and off to a phenomenal start! Last week our students enjoyed a first showing of the "Ancient World, Modern Media Film Serie"s, an after-hours Korean New Year celebration, and a Japanese karaoke night. All were a tremendous success. If you’d like to host a special event related to the culture you teach, the LCLC is happy to accomodate. Send us an email or stop by to discuss your great ideas with us.

And don't forget about LCLC peer tutoring in French, Italian, and German that is happening every week! Find out more or see the schedule here

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:


Announcify is a Chrome extension that reads text from websites aloud while visually guiding the user through the piece. Simply tell Announcify what language you’d like it to read - German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese are all offered - and set the reading speed. Then open any site and click on the Announcify icon in Chrome. It will read the page aloud while bringing the text it’s reading into focus. This is a great tool for students who want to work on phonetics or have extra listening opportunities. It’s also helpful for auditory learners and students who may be overwhelmed by a page full of text.

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: Interactive mapping and timeslines
Week of February 11th-15th
GH 301
GH 301

Weekly Workshop: Interactive mapping and timelines for literature, culture, and linguistics. How many of your students have spent time in the cities or neighborhoods they read about in your classes? How many could use a little help understanding the historical context or chronology of their readings? Enrich their experience of the novel, cultural history, or linguistic history you are focusing on with a virtual visit through modern day Cuzco, occupied Poznán, medieval Bari, or the major events of the Ming Dynasty. Student research can be used to build individual or group timelines and maps rich in images and video. In this workshop we'll show you four different tools - StoryMapJs, VisualEyes, TimelineJS, and Sutori - and highlight the best uses of each one. Bring your syllabus and your 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

Starting 1/30

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

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 60654
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Bouchra Khalili [Talk] - WEDNESDAY, February 20th, 6:00PM
Bouchra Khalili is a Berlin-based Moroccan French artist working with film, video, installation, photography, and prints. Khalili's practice articulates language, subjectivity, orality, and geographical explorations. Each of her projects investigates strategies and discourses of resistance as elaborated, developed, and narrated by members of political minorities.
Location: The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60603
Click here for more information.