For the week of April 6th, 2015

       Shanxi, China photo by Anci Cao

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Grading with Blackboard - Did you know that you can securely read, comment on – using typed and written notes, underlining, highlighting, and more! - and grade papers and other submitted assignments directly in Blackboard? And that you can always have access to your comments and grades in one centralized location? This week’s workshop will introduce you to Blackboard’s Inline Assignment Grading feature and show you the multiple options it offers for paperlessly providing student with detailed feedback.

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Workshops are Wednesday 11-12PM and Thursday 11-12PM, both in Grant Hall 304. (or email for information). 

LCLC Workshops: Grading with Blackboard
Week of April 6th- April 13th

Wednesday 4/08
11-12 GH 304

Thursday 4/09
11-12 GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of April 6th- April 13th

Wednesdays 2-3
UH 1750

Fridays 10-11
UH 1501


A teaching with technology tip of the week:  Using Google Maps to show an imaginary itinerary

Google Maps can help your students better understand the spatial relationship between places they see in movies, read about in books, or learn about in basic language classes. For example, students can easily map the locations from a film (as in the example below) or the 5 restaurants they'd want to visit in Barcelona.

The locations of "Amélie", click on the image to enlarge.

Special events in the Language Oasis (GH 308) this week!
Please announce to your students!

MONDAY, April 6th, 10:00AM

Information session on courtroom interpreting as a profession for bilinguals

This information session about the Interpreter Certification Program run by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. It will cover the duties of the courtroom interpreter, application process, and how much money you can make (in Cook County, interpreters earn between $23.14 and $80.75 an hour.) If you speak English and any other language, come find out about this job opportunity. For more information, contact Prof. Colleen McQuillen:

WEDNESDAY, April 8th, 3:00PM

French hip-hop lessons

Marwen Daher, lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, will give a short introduction to hip-hop and a quick dance lesson for beginners. Marwen is a member of the Movement Revolution Dance Crew of Chicago. The event is sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Department.

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.

We also encourage you and your students to participate in our weekly events in 308 Grant Hall, listed on the right and on our calendar: To request 308 for your cultural event, click here.

Scroll down to see our featured Cultural Events in the Chicago area, and 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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International Films

ALL FILMS ARE SCREENED IN 308 GRANT HALL.  All films are sub-titled in English.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend all films! Here's the complete calendar for films and conversation clubs.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

This Week's Films

MONDAY, April 6th, 12:00-2:00PM

More than Blue

Radio producer K was abandoned by his family. Lyricist Cream lost her family to a car accident in a split second. These two people continue their lives filling in each other's longings like family, friends and lovers. But K has less than 200 days to live. 

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, April 9th, 1:00-3:00PM


Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 10th, 3:00-5:00PM

Gorod Zero (1988)

Moscow engineer Alexey Varakin visits a small town on a business trip, where his adventures begin. He meets a naked secretary at a local factory, a prosecutor who wants to commit a crime and other strange characters.

Next Week's Films

MONDAY, April 13th, 12:00-2:00PM

War of the Arrows (2011)

When Mongols abduct Ja-in on her wedding day, her brother, still reeling from the tragedy that claimed their father's life, sets out to find her.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, April 15th, 3:00-5:00PM

Marius (2013)

This moving love story by Marcel Pagnol is set at the Old Port of Marseille, in the Bar de la Marine, run by César and his son Marius. A dreamer, Marius sees a life for himself on the sea, embarking on one of the many ships that sail by each day heading off to distant horizons. Fanny, a young woman who sells shellfish outside the bar, is secretly in love with Marius.

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, April 16th, 1:00-3:00PM


German flag image, icon sizeTHURSDAY, April 16th, 3:00-5:00PM

A Coffee in Berlin (2012)

This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one's place.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 17th, 3:00-5:00PM


Cultural Events in the City

SATURDAY, April 11th, 2:00PM

Tony Mankus presents his autobiography: Where Do I Belong? - An Immigrant’s Quest for Identity

After 20 years of writing, a local prominent attorney Tony Mankus officially releases a memoir, entitled Where Do I Belong? - An Immigrant’s Quest for Identity. The memoir sheds light on the human element of the immigration experience, an issue we often lose sight of among the heated political rhetoric surrounding this issue.
Location: Balzekas Museum, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

ñSATURDAY, April 11th, 8:00PM

Concert: "Rosana in concert. 8 Lunas Tour"

The Latin Grammy Best Singer-Songwriter nominee is back to the U.S. with an intimate show bringing the best of her classics - popular songs "Si tú no estás" (If you're not here), "A fuego Lento" (Below the boiling point); "El Talisman". 
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 West Ohio St. Chicago, IL 60654
Fee: $25 general admission; $20 students and members of Instituto Cervantes
Click here for more information.

Polish flag iconSUNDAY April 12th, 5:00PM

Tributosaurus Becomes THE BEATLES, Rubber Soul & Revolver

The audacious Tributosaurus Beatles project, to perform all of their recorded songs from start to finish, concluded last fall with a performance of Let It Be, and the best of the orchestral compositions. Now, they have the freedom to craft special shows, spanning the entire catalog. The first choice is a special early evening, all ages show, featuring the great back to back albums, Rubber Soul and Revolver.
Location: Copernicus Center 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Fee: $30 / $35 / $40
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 14th, 6:00PM

Screening of "The Clowns" by Federico Fellini

Fellini evokes dreams, discoveries, and wonders of his childhood. Made for television, "I Clowns" is part documentary, part fantasy and allows Fellini to talk about himself by way of the circus. "Clowns" received the Nastro d’argento for Costumes by Danilo Donati.
Location:Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, April 15th,6:30PM

La rétrospective LOL! : French Contemporary Comedies: Starbuck (2011)

At 42, David lives the life of an irresponsible adolescent. He coasts through life with minimal effort and maintains a complicated relationship with Valerie, a young policewoman. Just as she tells him she's pregnant, David's past resurfaces. 
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $8 Admission with a glass of French wine
Click here for more information.

German flag image, icon sizeFRIDAY, April 17th, 6:00PM

Three Quarters (3/4)

Sabine wants a child. Michael already has one. A family. A perfectly normal wish and precisely because it is so easy, not so easy to fulfill today. So what do you do when one partner wants a child and the other maybe does or in fact doesn't? 
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago, IL
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

japanese_flag_smallSATURDAY April 18th, 5:00PM

Tsugaru Shamisen & Taiko performance

Yamaguchi-san’s grandmother was a shamisen teacher and it was under her influence that he has become a performer celebrated not only in Japan but also internationally. Yamaguchi-san has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout Japan. He is also a member of the famous shamisen group “Hayate”, along with Kenichi Yoshida, producer of international superstar duo the Yoshida Brothers.
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60610
Fee: $8-$20
Click here for more information.

SUNDAY, April 19th, 9:00PM

Memories of the Desert (Romance Policial): Director: Jorge Durán

Antonio is a young Brazilian civil servant who travels to the Atacama Desert in search of inspiration to write a short story.
Location: AMC River East, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: N/A
Click here for more information.



  C O N V E R S A T I O N



All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills!

View the complete calendar.


Polish flag icon Polish
Mon, 2 - 3 PM

Mon, 3 - 4 PM


Tue, 12-1 PM

Tue, 1 - 2 PM

Tue, 4 - 5 PM


German flag image, icon sizeGerman
Wed, 12 - 1 PM

Wed, 1 - 2 PM

Italian flag image, icon sizeItalian
Wed, 2 - 3:30 PM


French flag iconFrench
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

Fri, 1 - 2 PM


Fri, 2 - 3 PM

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