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For the week of December 10, 2018

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Students having fun at Spanish Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Happy finals week! With one week left of the semester, we’d like to thank all of you who led, attended, or promoted the film and cultural events at the LCLC. We look forward to seeing many of you back in the Oasis after the new year.

Feel free to drop by the LCLC this week for any last minute tech assistance as you wrap up your classes and prepare for the well-deserved break or contact us at

We will be closed after this week and re-open on Monday, January 7th at 9am.

We look forward to working with you on your Spring 2019 classes!

Grad students and lecturers: LCSL 505 is open for registration for Spring 2019! Love teaching? Thinking about looking for a job? LSCL 505 is a one-credit course designed to help you integrate technology into current or future classes and begin to create an online teaching portfolio.  This Teaching Professional Development Workshop is taught by the Language and Culture Learning Center Director, Dr. Elizabeth Weber.

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:

Using Web-Based Grammar Tools

Most word processing programs (like Word or Google Docs) have built-in grammar checkers, but they are not always accurate or up-to-speed with typing. Web-based tools like LanguageTool, Grammarly, or Hemingway specialize in providing automatic detailed feedback. These tools assess writing for style improvement as well as spelling, and they suggest alternatives instead of just pointing them out.

Hemingway's unique interface allows you to edit and revise while the site updates its feedback. This makes it a great tool for students writing papers and instructors trying to trim down and simplify syllabi and other course documents. In a similar beat, Grammarly offers explanations for the errors it flag and supports different writing styles. LanguageTool offers feedback in more than 20 languages, making it useful for the classroom where students can evaluate and make choices about the automated feedback. All of these tools are free and available as Google Chrome extensions.

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: Gather and organize online materials
Week of December 10th-14th
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Weekly Workshop: Creating Assessments using Socrative. Looking for ways to spice-up chapter review days? Want to keep students animated while reviewing case changes, or the past subjunctive? Try using Socrative, a free app that encourages classroom engagement by allowing users to create quizzes and implement them in the classroom or access them outisde. Socrative lets you design and edit a library of assessments that students can access by creating an account. This tool makes it easy to engage students with stimulating educational games, assess students’ understanding through real time questioning, and get instant results to see how students perform on the quizzes. Stop by the LCLC this week to learn how to set up Socrative specifically for your course and manage the results.

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.

There are no conversation or film events this week. If you are a conversation hour or film series organizer and have not yet sent the LCLC your preferred times for next semester, please do so as soon as possible!

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

 Pa negre (Black Bread) [Film Screening] - TUESDAY, December 11th, 7:00-8:45PM
In the hard years of postwar rural Catalonia, Andreu, a child belonguing to the side of the loosers, finds in the forest the death bodies of a man and his son. The authorities want to charge these deaths to his father and the child will try to find out who the real perpetrators are. On this tour, Andreu will develop a moral conscience in the adults' world fed by lies. To survive, he will betray his own roots and will end up discovering the monster that inhabits in himself.
Film shown in Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Auditorio - Instituto Cervantes (Chicago) - 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 23rd Annual Christkindlmarket - NOW through MONDAY December 24th
Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996.
Location: On Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)

Click here for more information.