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For the week of April 15th, 2019

Photos from the Chicago Language Symposium, hosted at UIC

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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

LCLC was proud to host the 2019 Language Symposium this weekend. Presenters from all over the United States convened to discuss strategies for enriching language curricula with authentic materials and experiences.  Xuehua Xiang, Duosi Meng, and Yinghua Moore described their Chinatown project at UIC. UIC alums Polly Mangerson (French, DePaul) and Clara Burgo (Spanish, Loyola) presented on reading projects and on intermediate level heritage language learners. And current UIC grad students and lecturers from LCSL Polish, Spanish, French, and Russian, led by LCLC Postdoc Iwona Lech, made it all run smoothly. Find out more, including PowerPoints from the keynote speaker, Rebecca Rubin Damari (Director of Research, National Foreign Language Center) and other presenters, coming soon:

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:


Readlang is an extension for Google Chrome that allows you to translate words in a webpage at the click of a button. It takes only a minute to install, and once you have it up and running, you can translate vocabulary items almost instantly, without having to flip through a paper dictionary or type a word letter-by-letter into an online translator.

Readlang also contains a feature that automatically generates flashcards from words you click, allowing you to collect and study them at a later date. You can edit and delete these to make your own flashcard sets, which can help you learn new vocabulary words quickly.

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: Audio Editing in Audacity
Week of April 15th 2019
GH 301
GH 301

Weekly Workshop: Audio Editing in Audacity. Do you have audio files that you want to make modifications to? Are they too quiet, too loud, too noisy? Are there long stretches of empty air that you want to get rid of? Do you have chunks of speech that you want to "cut out" or separate from a longer monologue or dialogue? If so, Audacity can help. This is a free audio editing program that you can download in a couple minutes and immediately start editing your audio files to make them more compact and convenient for use in your language and culture classes. It is easy to use but packs a ton of features from noise reduction to speed changes (faster/slower) to reversing your audio, which makes it useful for a wide variety of sound editing functions.

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



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


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

 2019 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar. “Being Muslim: Race, Gender, and Islam in America” [Lecture]  - April 16, 2019, 5:30-7:30. Dr. Chan-Malik’s talk offers a broad overview of Islam’s history in the United States from the early twentieth-century to the present, with a specific focus on the lives, narratives, and representations of U.S. Muslim women. Through historical archives and images, she demonstrates how this history necessitates an understanding of the experiences of Black American Muslim women, who through the 1960s, constituted the majority of Muslim women in the U.S, and has thus, forcefully shaped the meanings and presence of Islam in the United States. 
Fee: FREE, registration required 
Location: The University of Chicago. School of Social Service Administration Lobby. 969 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637.
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Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Virtual Bauhaus: An Interactive Exhibition. Friday, April 25- Sunday, May 5. In the spirit of The Bauhaus' central goal, to harness modern technology in order to improve the lives of everyday people, Virtual Bauhaus uses innovative Virtual Reality technology to bring Bauhaus to any space anywhere in the world. After putting on VR glasses, the visitor tours the iconic Dessau Bauhaus School as a former student, interacting with and exploring its architecture, design and educational philosophies. Spoken eyewitness accounts and background information round out the experience.
Location: Daley Plaza. 
50 W Washington Ave. Chicago, IL.
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