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For the week of January 11, 2015

A festival in Matera, Italy
Matera, Italy 
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Happy New Year, and happy start to the semester.
Online quizzes, Google apps, annotated PDFs, video projects--try one new thing this semester! We're here to help you find and use materials that engage you and your students, so please join us at our weekly GH workshop and UH drop-in-hours, and contact us at with any questions.
LCLC is hosting the 2016 Chicago Language Symposium April 15-16. The topic is Blended Learning, and we encourage all faculty, lecturers, and graduate students to submit proposals and to attend (FREE):
Have a tech tip, success story, or photo for our newsletter or website? Contact us at
Weekly workshop: What can Blackboard do for me? Posting class materials, creating quizzes, streaming movies, discussion boards, wikis, portfolios, fostering student collaboration and creativity...LCLC staff will introduce you to a variety of Blackboard tools and help you figure out which ones are right for your class. Please bring your syllabus and your questions! 

LCLC Weekly Workshop: 
Week of January 11th - January 15th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of January 11th - January 15th

UH 1750


UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

Office Mix ( is a free add-in for PowerPoint 2013 and higher that allows you to make your presentations more interactive. With Mix you can record and narrate slides, add screen recordings and screenshots, insert video and audio, and add interactive quiz questions. Mixes can be uploaded to the Office Mix website where they can be stored, shared, embedded into websites (like Blackboard!), and/or published, or ou can export your mixes as a video. If you choose to upload your Mix to the website, you can track the number of views, times spent on slides, answers to quizzes, etc.and easily export this data to Excel and Blackboard. Best of all, Office Mix is easy to use thanks to an ever growing gallery of how-to videos.

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 below 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.


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

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Russian, 12-1
ASL symbol
ASL, biweekly 11-12
flag of Japan
Japanese, 11-12
  flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
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Spanish, 2-3
flag of Poland
Polish, 1-2
flag of Germany
German, 12-1
  flag of France
French, 12-1
flag of Japan
Japanese, 4-5
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, biweekly 3-4
flag of Greece
Greek, 1-2
    flag of Italy
Italian, 2-3

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 January 11th

France flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, January 13th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Populaire (2012) Popular

Rose is a terrible secretary but a demon typist. Her handsome boss resolves to turn her into the fastest girl in the world.

Polish flag image, smallTHURSDAY, January 14th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, January 15th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Next week's International Films: Week of January 18th

France flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, January 20th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Adieu au langage (2014) Goodbye to Language

The idea is simple. A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. However, the former husband shatters everything...

Polish flag image, smallTHURSDAY, January 21st, 3:00-5:00 PM

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, January 22nd, 3:00-5:00 PM

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

MONDAY, January 11th, 8:00 PM

Horse Money

Ventura, the gaunt, grizzled Cape Verdean immigrant who has served as director Pedro Costa’s muse and central character in films including COLOSSAL YOUTH, returns in an even more commanding role in HORSE MONEY. In Cape Verdean, Creole, and Portuguese with English subtitles.
Fee: $11
Location:164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailTUESDAY, January 12th, 5:30-8:00 PM

Open  House - Try Italian Classes At ItalCultura

Chicago's finest Italian language classes OPEN HOUSE offers: free Italian class trial lesson, meet instructors and other students, sample authentic Italian cuisine, and participate in free, live raffle.
Fee: Free
Location: 500 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1405, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailFRIDAY, January 15th, 7:30 PM

Stammtisch Open Haus - Game Night

Germany is a haven for board games. Enjoy playing some of your favorite classic German games, including "Mensch ärgere Dich nicht," and "Die Siedler von Catan."
Fee: Free
Location: 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events
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TUESDAY, January 19th, 6:00 PM

Land in Sicht ( Land in Sight)

Film Series: Migration - Integration - Refuge
The film is a tale of mistrust and good intentions, of encounters with public authorities – whose problems stem more from their rigid bureaucratic structures than the attitudes of their staff German with English subtitles.
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150. N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailTUESDAY, January 19th, 6:00 PM

Biance e Nero (2008) Black and White

This is a romantic comedy that deals with race and inter-racial relationship when the married Carlo falls in love with Nadine, the wife of his own wife's work colleague.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailWEDNESDAY, January 20th, 6:30 PM

Made in France: Fashion on Film - Film retrospective 2015-2016

It is all about cinema being a harbinger of style. Think Catherine Deneuve, Belle de Jour in Yves Saint Laurent, or Audrey Hepburn going for Breakfast at Tiffany's in Givenchy.Our 2015 – 16 Film Retrospective will revisit the classics as well as what’s trending on today's big screen. 
Fee: $9
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
Click here for more information.