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For the week of March 11, 2019

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Students having fun at Japanese Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Happy Week 9! As always, the LCLC is bursting with activity. Right now, we hear Italian spoken in peer tutoring, French in conversation hour, and Spanish just outside 301! Encourage your students to come be a part of this language hub.

The regularly scheduled conversation meetings are a continued draw (thanks to all of you!) and peer tutoring is picking up the pace as the semester gains momentum. Don't forget to give students of French, Italian, and German a nudge to come visit our exceptional peer tutors! You can direct them to the peer tutoring website for more details.

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:

FlipQuiz is a sleek, fast way to make Jeopardy! style review games for in class use. You simply add your categories, type or copy your questions and answers into the form, and add links to any images you'd like to include, and your game is instantly created. All you have to do is pull it up in class and play.

You have to keep score manually with the free version, but everything else is automatically done for you. You can also customize your background and color-scheme to keep things entertaining.

As an added bonus, you can embed your game into Blackboard and other websites, and also share it with students as a "review sheet" that shows them the questions and answers in an easy-to-read-and-study format.

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: Grading with Rubrics in Blackboard
Week of March 11-15
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, show you how rubrics work in Blackboard 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.

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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

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.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Leonardo's Legacy: Painting -- Layers of Intensity [Lecture] - TUESDAY, March 19, 6:00-8:00PM
Despite being known as one of the most famous artists in the world, Leonardo painted sparingly and somewhat reluctantly. His mind privileged thinking as a purely philosophical endeavor. Envisioning the composition to him was more exciting than applying paint to canvas. However, always busy reinventing materials and techiniques, Leonardo cast himself as a new kind of artist committed to breaking rules and accomplishing the impossible.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.