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For the week of January 25, 2016

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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Yiddish conversation club first meeting TODAY, 1-2 in 308 GH. Discover or practice a language with a rich cultural heritage here in Chicago.
Teaching with online components--Blackboard, Twitter, Blogs, Wikis, Webpages? Chicago Language Symposium, co-sponsored by the LCLC, will explore the foreign language blended classroom.  Read the CFP and submit a proposal here:, deadline February 1. LCSL faculty and graduate students attend free, mark your calendar for April 15-16, 2016.
Want to use more online components? See below...

All LCSL instructors are invited to attend this week's LCSL 505 session. In addition to annotating PDFs, we'll be discussing the basics of creating an online teaching portfolio using Google Sites. LCSL 505 meets from 3-4:45 this Friday, January 29th in GH 304.
Please help promote the Shout Out for the Humanities in your classes. These contests ask students to help promote the humanities by creating digital projects in answer to the question "Why are the humanities important to you and to society?" Deadlines are in the spring, so there's still plenty of time! If you have questions about the Shout Out, please email or contact Colleen McQuillen at 
The LCLC will be offering help with the technical aspect of these projects to students during our drop-in hours. This week, drop-in hours are Thursday 11-12 and Friday 12-1 in UH 1750.
Weekly workshop: Blogs and Wikis - Why and How? Does your Spring course include an individualized research component? If so, have you thought about how you'd like students to format and submit this work? In this workshop, we'll help you understand the difference between blogs and wikis and figure out which one works best for your course. We'll also help you find the best tool for the platform you choose - Blackboard? Google Sites? Wordpress? something else? Bring your syllabus or project idea. Workshops this week are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in GH 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Blogs and Wikis - Why and How?
Week of January 25th - January 29th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of January 25th - January 29th

UH 1750


UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

Google Drawings ( is an often-overlooked tool in the Google Apps suite. This tool allows for the creation of all kinds of visual documents... collaboratively! You could have your students use Drawings to create a diagram depicting the narrative line of a novel they're reading. Or students could brainstorm anf create a web of vocabolary for presentation or essay. Alternatively, you could have students create a poster or informational flyer for a city or monument they're learbubg about. Drawings can also be a great tool for annotating simple images- for example, labeling vocabulary words in a market scence. Best of all, all of this can be done in groups without requiring students to organize face-to face meetings outside of class!

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
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ASL, biweekly 11-12
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Japanese, 11-12
  flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, biweekly 3-4
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Polish, 1-2
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German, 12-1
  flag of France
French, 12-1
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Spanish, 2-3
  flag of Greece
Greek, 1-2
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Japanese, 4-5 
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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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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at 

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of January 25th

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 hours.

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

France flag image, smallTUESDAY, January 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM


France flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, January 27th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Le goût des autres (2000) The Taste of Others

The conventional Castella hires a forty-year-old actress, Clara, to tutor him in English. He finds her and her Bohemian lifestyle fascinating...

Polish flag image, smallTHURSDAY, January 28th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Cialo (2015) Body

A busy attorney, worried that his anorexic daughter Olga might try to harm herself, since she's still grieving over her recently deceased mother, sends her to see a psychiatrist, Anna...

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, January 29th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Vse umrut a ya ostanus (2008) Everybody Dies but Me

Three lower-class Moscow high school girlfriends, Katya, Vika and Zhanna, learn that there will be a school disco on the coming Saturday night. They start preparations to what seems to be the most important moment in their life.

Next week's International Films: Week of February 1st

 France flag image, smallWEDNESDAY, February 3rd, 3:00-5:00 PM

Le ciel est à nous (1997) Shooting Stars

Lenny arrives in Paris with a plan: to set up a small sting operation and then flee the scene as quickly and as far away as possible. Juliette lays a trap for Lenny, but quickly regrets her action and returns the money she has stolen from him...

Polish flag image, smallTHURSDAY, February 4th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Rok spokojnego slonca (1984) A Year of the Quiet Sun

Shortly after WWII an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to USA and both expect that she will soon follow him...

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



Cultural Events in the City

German flag thumbnailTUESDAY, January 26th, 6:00 PM

Neuland (2013) Newland

Young migrants from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela attend a Swiss integration class where they learn a new language and prepare for employment.
Fee: Free
Location:150 N Michigan Ave #200, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailWEDNESDAY, January 27th, 6:00 PM

Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago will commemorate the occasion by screening the docu-film L’orologio di Monaco (Munich’s Clock) made in 2014 by Mauro Caputo. The movie originates from the short story collection written by Giorgio Pressburger.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information.

 German flag thumbnailWEDNESDAY, January 27th, 6:00 PM

Greek Philosophers, Founding Fathers & American Law

Richard Allen Posner, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago, and most cited legal scholar of the 20th century, will discuss the influence of Greek philosophers, Aristotle in particular, on America’s founders, laws, and institutions.
Fee: free for students; members$10; admission $15
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events

flag of JapanMONDAY, February 1st, 6:00 PM

Kanto Wanderer (1963)

It is a key middle-period Suzuki, poised between his stylish earlier crime films and his later gonzo assaults on the genre. The film is an example of the ninkyo eiga or “chivalry” subgenre, in which an honorable gangster’s adherence to duty is put in conflict with his personal feelings.
Fee: $11, members $6
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

German flag thumbnailTUESDAY, February 2nd, 6:00 PM

Rotkohl und Blaukraut (2011) Turkish Kraut

Two young families with German-Turkish backgrounds from the Ruhr area invite us into their private homes. With the typically regional sense of humor they dismantle prejudices and laugh about cultural misunderstandings. German with English subtitles.
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago,Suite 200 150 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.