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For the week of February 18, 2019

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Students having fun at Korean Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome to week 6! We're offsetting the February cold with free goodies! Come join us during the week for fresh conversation and popcorn, for a free Russian film viewing today (Monday) at 3pm in GH 308, and for a very special Sijo (Korean poetry) Workshop Tuesday from 6-8pm, also in 308. Come and learn from the executive director of the Sejong Cultural Society, Lucy Park, how to make your own English Sijo and Sijo Hip-hop songs! Spread the word! 

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:

Adobe Spark

Spark is a quick and easy online tool that lets you make beautiful graphics, web pages, and videos in minutes. Just go to and log in with your Google or Facebook account. Begin by choosing from a graphic, web page, or video template and you’re ready to start creating. You can also start from scratch to customize your own designs. All of your creations are instantly accessable in your Spark dashboard and easily shareable via Facebook, Twitter, email, and link.

Spark’s simple platform lends itself to a wide range of possibilities for the classroom: engage students on a theme by having them create social media posts or posters; make narrated video lessons for your students to watch at home, or have them create their own; have students do blogs, journals, or class presentations with mixed media. With this simple tool, the possibilities are vast.

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: Navigating Panopto
Week of February 18th-22nd

GH 301

GH 301

Weekly Workshop: Learn to navigate PanoptoAs we enter the new era of Panopto, we imagine you’re curious about the features that this platform has to offer and how it can help you to easily integrate video and audio into your classes. The workshop will cover the basic ins and outs of the Blackboard Panopto platform. Discover how to embed videos directly into Blackboard and easily generate film clips. Learn that you can integrate quizzes or comprehension checks for your students to complete while viewing the film, as well as highlight key terms from the films. Find out the best ways to make the videos available to your course users. If you wish to become better acquainted with Panopto and learn how to maximize its resources, drop by this week for an introductory tutorial!

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

 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.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 The Dragon's Defense (La defensa del dragón) [Film Screening] - WEDNESDAY, February 27, 6:00-8:00PM
This is the story of three old friends in downtown Bogotá. A chess player and small-time gambler, a watch maker, and a Spanish homeopath obsessed with poker. Finding comfort in the confines of their routines, they avoid facing failure at all costs. When this comfort is put at risk, each man will have to figure out that in life, as in love, it's never too late to take a chance.
Film Screened in Spanish with English Subtitles
Small reception at 6:00PM, followed by the screening of the movie at 6:30PM.
Location: Intituto Cervantes (Chicago) - Auditorio, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654
Click here for more information.