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For the week of March 4, 2019

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Students having fun at Arabic Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Happy first week of March! Spring is close, but midterms are even closer. That said, we are happy to see BLP students taking advantage of the peer tutoring hosted in Grant Hall 305. Thanks to all for your committment to advertising this service! You can continue to remind your students to check out the weekly calendar on the peer tutoring site for updated information about tutor availability. 

As always, do not hesitate to direct your project ideas our way so we can help you  integrate the right tech tools into your class! Cheers to a successful rest of the term!

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:

 (Google) Keep

Google products are great, and you may already be using many of them, like Slides, Sites, Forms, and Docs in your classes. But are you familiar with Google Keep?

Keep is a great way to jot down notes on your phone for a lesson plan, brainstorm ideas for a new course, save information like links or website URLs, annotate a photo (rather than keeping paper documents), make lists of supplies for a class project, or create a quick list of students for group presentations. Color code your notes for different courses; include images; sketch you own images; pull text from photos to edit later; organize your notes with hashtags; collaborate with others (for example, if a collaborator checks an item off a shared list, you will see that change instantly); duplicate a note for similar courses; and sync your notes to Google Calendar. When you’re ready to take your ideas further, easily copy your notes to google Docs and Slides.

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: Increase student engagement
Week of October 23th-27th
GH 301
GH 301

Weekly Workshop: Increase student engagement with Poll Everywhere and Socrative.  Competing with smartphones and laptops for your students’ attention can be a challenge. Here’s a solution: utilize these digital devices to catch wandering minds and increase participation in your classroom. Poll Everywhere and Socratic are two simple to use online tools that can punctuate a typical lesson with collaboration, friendly competition, and on the fly formative assessment. In this week’s workshop, we will show you how to get started using these platforms to make engaging polls and quizzes to spice up your lessons!


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

Pulaski Day 2019 - MONDAY, March 4, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Celebrate Pulaski Day with top officials from national, state, county, and city governments and leaders of Polonian organizations and institutions, as the State of Illinois pays tribute to the Polish community by honoring Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski. The program includes the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Stanislaw Batowski's painting of Pulaski at the Savannah.
Location: PMA Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall, 984 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Haïti [Film Screening] - MONDAY, March 11, 6:30PM
Guetty Felin's film, set five years after the 2010 earthquake, eschews the images that readily sprung forth in the aftermath of the devastation. In Fuelin's tale of magical realism, a young boy in the process of grieving discovers that he has superpowers, an old fisherman realizes the cure for his ailing wife lays in the sea, and a muse fights to escape the story her author is writing. 
Screened in French with English subtitles
Location: 54 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
Click here for more information.