For the week of April 13th, 2015

   Hip-hop in French led by French lecturer, Marwen Daher (Click on the image to watch the video.)

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Looking for a way to encourage students to listen to each other's ideas? Want to help your students prepare for oral exams without taking up precious class time? Or maybe you’d like to have students orally present their ideas for a final paper or presentation but don’t have time to meet individually during office hours? Voice Presentations in Blackboard allow students to record, and allows you and other students (if you wish) to listen and comment online. We'll help you think about how you can use this tool in your class as the semester draws to an end and show you how to set up presentation assignments. Workshops are Wednesdays and Thursdays 11-12 in Grant Hall 304..

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

LCLC Workshops: Voice Presentations in Blackboard
Week of April 13th- April 20th

Wednesday 4/15
11-12 GH 304

Thursday 4/16
11-12 GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of April 13th- April 20th

Wednesdays 2-3
UH 1750

Fridays 10-11
UH 1550


A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Quizlet ( is a free way for teachers and students to easily create and share flash cards, quizzes, and games on their website or mobile apps. Quizlet also has audio in 18 languages (including every language taught in LCSL!) so students can both see and listen to the words they are learning!
Want to know more about Quizlet? Come to the poster presentation by TESOL students Svetlana Mitric (LCLC RA) and Abigail McMillin at the IT Professionals Forum on Tuesday, April 28th at the UIC Forum. Registration is free!

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 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


Next Week's Films

MONDAY, April 20th, 12:00-2:00PM

A Werewolf Boy (2012)

After moving to the country to cope with illness, a city girl befriends a mute boy who appears to have literally been raised by wolves.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY, April 22nd, 3:00-5:00PM

The Rabbi’s Cat (2011)

Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism.

Polish flag iconTHURSDAY, April 22nd, 1:00-3:00PM


Russian flag iconFRIDAY, April 24th, 3:00-5:00PM

4/4 (2005)

The lies shared by three Russian strangers take on a life of their own in director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's dreamlike journey into the strange heart of modern-day Russia. After entering a local watering hole and relaying a series of elaborate but entirely fabricated tales, a prostitute posing as an advertising executive, a piano tuner claiming to be a genetic engineer, and a butcher posing as a Kremlin insider all go their separate ways.

Cultural 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
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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.

Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Italian flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, April 21st, 6:00PM

Screening of "Our Land" by Giulio Manfredonia

A renowned Mafia boss is arrested and his land is confiscated and entrusted to a negligent co-op that is about to go to ruin. From the North a bureaucrat named Filippo arrives. He is an expert in anti-mafia law and determined to save the farm. But once he arrives, he is forced to argue with Cosimo, who for many years has been cultivating that land, that used to belong to his family before the criminal boss took it by force. Together they find common ground to change things and themselves.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

French flag iconWEDNESDAY April 22nd, 11:00AM

The 15th French Decorative Arts Symposium - The Decorative Language of the Renaissance: The Influence of Italian Artists on the French Renaissance

Jean Goldman, noted art historian specializing in Renaissance art, will explore the impact Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci, and Il Rosso Fiorentino had on Renaissance in France and what has become known as the School of Fontainebleau - a school that brought Renaissance to France.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $45
Click here for more information.

ñTHURSDAY April 23rd, 6:00PM


We will revisit Goya through the work of Dalí on the former’s series of prints Los Caprichos. Dalí shows us a total work of art, consistent with Goya’s thinking, marked by a programmatic and enlightened character that reconciles the multiple sources of knowledge from Baroque tradition, the Classical world and the French Encyclopedists. The exhibition features 40 prints, 17 by Goya and 23 by Dalí, inviting us to discover two great masters through intelligence and humor.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago, IL
Fee: N/A
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German flag image, icon sizeFRIDAY April 25th, 7:30PM

German Cinema Now - König von Deutschland (The King of Germany)

Being hopelessly average is the kind of trait that earns Thomas Müller (acclaimed German comic Olli Dittrich) nothing but yawns from his wife and teenage son. But it’s a quality that makes him the perfect target for a research company that can turn his middle-of-the-road opinions into big results for corporations and political candidates looking to capture the attention of the everyman.
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Fee: Free
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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