For the week of October 5th, 2015

Professors Imke Meyer (left) and Margarita Saona (right) and LCSL students speak with a UIC Open House participants.


Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

LCLC/LCSL proudly participated in UIC’s first-ever Open House for prospective UIC students—high school students and City College Students. Students and their parents met LCSL professors, graduate students, and undergraduates, checked out a website with some fun BLP activities from a variety of languages (see below), and savored the richness of our LCSL upper-level offerings in a slideshow. Tech success stories from upper-level classes were also featured, as were Treats of Many Nations—all a success with the students.

Kim Potowski (Average $128,000 More Than Your English-only Peers) and Chiara Fabbian (How Foreign Language Makes You a Better Learner) gave presentations about the cognitive, financial, and life-enriching aspects of learning second and third languages. Full schedule for the October 3 event:

If you are using online activities in your classes—or want to start—contact to see how we can help advertise your classes/programs to potential, incoming, and current UIC students.

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Weekly Workshop: Pronunciation practice, oral comprehension, oral responses to various cues (video, audio, images), storytelling, interviews, presentations--whatever speaking task you'd like students to record, there's a tool for you. We'll show you how to setup and use Blackboard's Voice Board as well as three free, non-Blackboard options - Vocaroo, SoundCloud, and Voki - and help you select the right tool for your assignments. Bring your syllabus and your questions!
Workshops this week are Tuesday 1-2PM and Wednesday 10-11AM, in Grant Hall 304 (or email for information).

LCLC Weekly Workshop:  Blackboard Voice Tools
Week of October 5th - October 9th

Tuesday 1-2
GH 304

Wednesday 10-11
GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of October 5th - October 9th

Wednesday 2-3
UH 1750

Thursday 10-11
UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:  

Pixler, a free image-editing tool, is a great way to engage students by having them create and contextualize images in literature, culture, and language classes at all levels from BLP to graduate. Student projects might include modifying images to represent main characters in texts or films. How about a "Pinterest" page for Don Quixote? An illustrated family tree
for the Buendia Family (100 Years of Solitude) or the illustrated diary of Gregor Samsa's very bad day?

The free Pixlr editor ( includes all the basic functions of expensive Adobe Photoshop. You/your students can easily crop, recolor, add and remove text, and otherwise editing existing images--or draw your own.

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: All events at the LCLC are free and open to students of all levels. 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 in 308 Grant Hall: Week of October 5th

German flag image, smallTUESDAY, October 6th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Das Leben der Anderen (2006) The Lives of Others

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

French flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, October 7th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Laurence anyways (Canada, 2012) 

Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on the day after his 35th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support his transformation...

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 9th, 1:00-3:00 PM

Pavoncello (1967) & The Story of Triumphant Love (1969)

Polish Film Series presents two early short films, Pavoncello (1967) and The Story of Triumphant Love (1969), directed by Andrzej Zulawski. The former short film depicts an old, rich man who brings his wife to Italy only to have her indulge in a casual affair with a Italian violinist. The latter short film depicts two friends who visit Fabiusz's mansion, one of them having been in love with his wife a long time ago...

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Agonija (1975)  Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin 

Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of October 12th

Franch flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, October 14th, 3:00-5:00 PM

La Veuve De Saint-Pierre (2001) The Widow of Saint Pierre

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Portuguese flag image, smallTHURSDAY, October 15th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Cidade dos Homens (2007) City of Men

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 16th, 1:00-3:00 PM

A Brivele der Mamen (1939)  A Little Letter to Mother

The only unhappy aspect is the viewer's after-the-fact realization that the colorful Jewish lifestyle depicted in Mamele was doomed to extinction at the hands of the Nazis.

Russian flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 16th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Careyubica (1991) Assassin of the Tsar

A patient in a modern day mental institution believes that he is the man who assassinated Tsar Alexander in 1881 and Tsar Nicolas II in 1918. He and his doctor soon slip out of reality and are forced to relive the events of 1918 in order to break the spell.

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.


Cultural Events in the City

German flag image, smallMONDAY, October 5th -  SUNDAY, January 3rd, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Weltstadt-Who creates the city?

This exhibition is a curated selection from the WELTSTADT exhibition which was initially presented at the Deutsche Architektur Zentrum in Berlin in May of 2014.

Visual impressions from the ten different WELTSTADT projects in 16 cities around the world are organized into five subcategories: New Civil Society, City as a Collective Performance, New Middle Class, Informal Formal Strategies and Self-Organization and Public Administration. The exhibition features videos and newspapers from the ten projects inspiring visitors to become active and creative in their own cities through different approaches and constellations.
Location: Goethe- Institut, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.

 Chinese flag image, smallSATURDAY, October 10th, 2:00 PM

Learn the Basics of Go!

Go master Mr. Xinming Guo will host a fun workshop. He is a Weiqi/Guo game amateur 2Dm and an Illinois licensed math teacher and founder of Go and Math Academy. He is a recipient of “ Teacher of the Year “ by American Go Foundation in 2015.
Fee: $12 for non-members, $8 for students and seniors (Space is limited. RSVP your place)
Location: Chinese- American Museum of Chicago, 238 W. 23rd St, Chicago IL 60616
Click here for more information.

 Japan flag image, smallSATURDAY, October 10th, - October 12th

Boruto: Naruto The Movie

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father.
Fee: $15
Location: 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Cultural Events

 Japan flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 9th, - October 15th

Yakuza Apocalypse

There’s sheer loopy bloodletting madness in this buffoonish tale of yakuza vampires, a gangster knitting club, and a monstrous, kung-fu-fighting velour frog. Fans of Miike (13 ASSASSINS, ZEBRAMAN), Japan’s mixmaster of genre excess, will not be disappointed in bizarro action that challenges the very concept of over-the-topness with a non-stop gush of fever-dream invention. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Fee: $11 (member $6)

Location: 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 
Click here for more information.

German flag image, smallFRIDAY, October 16th, 7:30 PM

Stammtisch Open Haus - DANKtoberfest

Continue the Oktoberfest season at Chicago's German American Cultural Center with live entertainment and free admission. Paloma Band Chicago brings a festive atmosphere filled with sing-a-longs, yodeling, and your opportunity to graduate from cowbell school. This evening is the final night to enjoy the amazing rooftop Terrasse before winter.
Fee: Free 
Location: 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 
Click here for more information.

 France flag image, smallSATURDAY, October 17th, 1:00 PM

 Samedi à l'Opéra de Paris

Discover on screen the lyric and choreographic masterpieces of l’Opéra national de Paris most recent season. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at l’entracte… just like at the Palais Garnier! What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon? Hosted by Randy Williams.
Fee: $15 ($10 Members)
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
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.


Arabic League flag image, small Arabic
Mon, 11 - 12 PM

Russia flag image, small Russian 
Mon, 12 - 1 PM

ñ image, small Spanish
Mon, 2 - 3 PM

Japan flag image, small Japanese
Mon, 4 - 5 PM


ASL symbol image, icon size ASL
Every Other Tue, 4-5 PM
(Starting from Sept. 1st)


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

Greece flag image, icon size Greek
Wed, 1 - 2 PM

Italy flag image, icon size Italian
Wed, 2 - 3 PM


Poland flag icon Polish 
Thurs, 1 - 2 PM 

Brazil flag image, small Portuguese
Thurs, 2 - 3 PM


Ukraine flag image, small Ukranian 
Fri, 11 - 12 PM

France flag image, small French
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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