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For the week of January 29, 2018

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Students having fun at Korean Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

The Chicago Language Symposium will be held at the University of Chicago on April 21st. This year's topic is "Learning from Less Commonly Taught Languages." See below for the Call for Proposals. The LCLC is a co-sponsor and we encourage LCSL instructors and graduate students to submit a proposal and/or attend: it's FREE!

The challenges of teaching a LCTL have spurred collaborations, new sources of materials and media, and innovation in teaching and assessment. What can we learn from our colleagues? How can and does their work impact ours? How can we work together?

Topics may include:

  • Program building
  • Materials development and authenticity
  • Outreach and recruitment
  • LCTLs in the context of large language departments
  • The burden – or freedom – of the “one-(wo)man show”
  • The challenges of collaboration
  • Relevance of standards and guidelines

Language instructors at all levels are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome. Submission information here - submission deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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!

Weekly Workshop: VoiceThread 101.  VoiceThread is a new-to-UIC tool that's great for all sorts of things from having students practice pronunciation, record video self-presentations, respond orally to visual or audio prompts, or even move in class content presentation online and save class time! It's also a great way to have students interact outside of class or for you to easily give detailed audio or video feedback to individual students. A very flexible tool that works on any computer, VoiceThread can be adapted to do all sorts of things and meet many needs - including yours! In this workshop, we'll show you what VoiceThread does and help you figure out how best to use it in your class. Bring your syllabus and your questions!

Can't make the scheduled workshop times below? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office:

LCLC Weekly Workshop: VoiceThread 101
Week of January 29th-February 2nd
GH 301
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Use Twitter to Find Teaching Resources

Have you ever needed a quick handout or visual for a grammar lesson or vocabulary presentation? Maybe a neat image or video for a PowerPoint? Sure you can Google, but more often than not your results will be for the dreaded Pinterest where you never actually find what you're looking for. Instead, try Twitter ( Turning your search words into hashtags can produce some great results for things shared by your fellow teachers. Searching for #passecompose, #konjunktivii, #russian #dative, #arabic #plural, #chinese #passivevoice, etc. return useful online activities, downloadable worksheets, videos, audio, and more that you can use or transform for use in your class. Searches can be done in multiple languages and character systems to maximize returns. Best of all, you don't need an account to search Twitter, but if you have a FREE Twitter account, you can follow people who create materials you use and create your own personalized lists to make finding materials easier in the future.

New at Daley Library: 

La voz que no cesa Betreff: Einladung zu einer Kreuzfahrt Les Bourgeois

UIC LCLC Facebook and Twitter! Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Facebook page and Twitter feed. 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.

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.

Click a flag to view event details including film titles and descriptions.


Chinese Conversation


Spanish Conversation


Korean Conversation


Arabic Conversation


Korean Conversation


Spanish Film

in GH 305

German Conversation


Greek Conversation


Italian Conversation


Japanese Conversation


French Film


French Conversation


Polish Film

every other week
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Russian Film

every other week
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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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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at

This Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

  Trivia: Francophone World - THURSDAY, February 1, 6:00 PM
Come see how much you know about French speaking areas, communities, and countries. Categories could include (but are not limited to) countries, cities, food, dialects and people! There will be prizes and fun to be had. Come to this casual evening with a friend or come solo. Don't worry, we will set you all up in teams and go from there. Everyone is welcome! Whether you know everything or little to nothing about the Francophone World, this trivia night will sure to be a good time full of curious, like-minded lovers of all things French! Refreshments will be served.
Fee: $5
Locations: Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Pączki Day - THURSDAY, February 8

Help raise money for the Polish American Association in the most delicious way possible! Oak Mill Bakery will donate 10 cents for every paczek sold on Fat Thursday.
Locations: Click the link below for bakery locations!
Click here for more information.