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For the week of February 25, 2019

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Students having fun at Japanese Conversation Hour

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome to week 7! We know this time in the semester can weigh heavy, making it difficult to stay on top of grading and keep the momentum strong.

The LCLC is happy to help! Drop by with your questions and ideas.We are up to the challenge of pairing your bright ideas with learning tools to help facilitate your classes, as well as helping you to navigate educational technology to ease your workload.

Also, don't forget to promote our free, peering tutoring initiative for students of German, French, and Italian BLP! You can access the tutoring schedule here.

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 Voice

As the saying goes, “fifty-minute classes fly by when your students are having fun, speaking exclusively in the target language.” We know it is hard to achieve this goal, sometimes even unrealistic, but we want it so badly to be the case!

Setting up a Google Voice account might be a good way to integrate more speaking opportunities into your class. Although Google Voice is primarily a telephone service that provides call forwarding, voicemail services, voice and text messaging, it can also serve as a recording device. Have your students to practice the conventions of introducing themselves, leaving a content-specific abbreviated message, and signing off in the target language. You could integrate Google Voice messaging as part of a class task, exam component, or homework assignment. Google Voice is free and easy to use, and lets you link your personal number and Gmail account to the voicemail inbox without giving access to your personal digits. 

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: Blackboard Adaptive Release
Week of February 25th-March 1st
GH 301
GH 301

Weekly Workshop: Managing content accessibility can be tricky, but Blackboard’s adaptive release tool allows instructors and course designers to release course content based on the rules that they create. Scaffold course assignments so that the completion or weighted success of a previous activity enables a student to progress to a next level. This lets you ensure that students master food vocabulary and knowledge of restaurant culture before producing a menu, for example. In other words, you can control what content is made available to which students and under what conditions they are allowed to see it.

Adaptive Release makes the next assignment available only to those who have attained a minimum score on a quiz or read a specific material, but it also has special sharing features. This tool makes it easy to share supplementary materials with groups of students working on different projects and share schedule materials with students in different sections, using the same course shell. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can integrate Adaptive Release into your course, stop by the LCLC this week for a free and hands-on 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.

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


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

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.

Next 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.