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For the week of February 1, 2016

A Mosaic
The Great Wall - China, by Michelle Berube
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
How do you use technology in your language courses?  Submit a proposal to the Chicago Language Symposium, hosted by the LCLC. Deadline extended to February 15.  Read the CFP and submit a proposal here:  LCSL faculty and graduate students attend free, mark your calendar for April 15-16, 2016. Registration information available soon.
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 February 15 and March 1: Questions: or Colleen McQuillen at
LCLC offers help with the technical aspect of Shout Out to students during our drop-in hours. This week, drop-in hours are Thursday 11-12 and Friday 12-1 in UH 1750.
Did you travel over Winter Break? Are you an amateur photographer? The LCLC is always looking for new photos to add to the LCLC newsletter, Grant Hall slideshow, and LCLC website. If you have pictures of any country or region whose language / culture we teach in the LSCL that you'd like to share, please send them to
Weekly Workshop: Beyond PowerPoint. PowerPoint is a useful tool we all know and love, but it may not always be the best tool for your in-class or student-created presentations. Other tools like Prezi, Google Slides, and Wideo each offer unique features like interactivity, collaboration, and animation that make them better suited to certain projects than PowerPoint. In this week's workshop, we'll compare the features of these tools and help you figure out which one might be best for your class or your students' projects. We'll also have some tips and pointers for using each one. Bring your syllabus or project idea. Workshops this week are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in GH 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Beyond PowerPoint
Week of February 1st - February 5th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of February 1st - February 5th

UH 1750


UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

OER Commons ( is an easy way to find all kinds of FREE educational resources. In addition to complete grammar, vocabulary, and culture units that you can use to supplement (or even replace) your textbook materials, OER Commons lists numerous individual resources. Maybe you're looking for a verb conjugation reference for your Arabic students? OER Commons has that. Or maybe you want to find a few German folk songs to teach your student? OER Commons has that, too. A quiz on the French Revolution? An Italian reading comprehension exercise? A video tutorial on Russian folk dance? All of these and much, much more can be found on OER Commons!

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, *this week*
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Japanese, 11-12
  flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *next week*
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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.

Visit us online:

To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at 

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of February 1st

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, smallWEDNESDAY, February 3rd, 3:00-5:00 PM

Le ciel est à vous (1944) The Woman Who Dared

The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman.

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

Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot (2013) Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?


Next week's International Films: Week of February 8th

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, February 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Victoria (2015)

A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret...

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, February 10th, 3:00-5:00 PM

 Les plages d'Agnès (2008) The Beaches of Agnes

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, February 11th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Kamienie na szaniec (2014) Stones for the Rampart

Based on a well-known Polish novel with the same title. The movie re-tells a true life story of a group of scouts called ''Szare Szeregi'' (Gray Ranks) during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.

Polish flag image, smallFRIDAY, February 12th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Sobache serdtse (1988) Heart of a Dog

Professor Preobrazhensky and his colleague place some human parts into a dog named Sharik. Soon the dog transforms into a human. 

Cultural Events in the City

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.

Next week's Cultural Events

flag of ItalyMONDAY, February 8th, 12:00-1:00 PM

Chinese New Year Kick Off

Kick off the Year of the Monkey with our annual Chinese New Year Day celebration. Featuring a colorful and entertaining array of artists and entertainers that will start your New Year off with a bang!
Fee: Free
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
Click here for more information.

 flag of ItalySATURDAY, February 13th, 1:00 PM

Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade

The parade starts with a bang at the Argyle Red Line stop, as firecrackers explode to ring in the New Year. Parade floats, marchers, and dragon dancers will head down Argyle, from Broadway to Winthrop Avenue.
Fee: Free
Location: 1211 W Argyle St., Chicago, IL 60640
Click here for more information.

flag of ItalySUNDAY, February 14th, 1:00-2:30 PM

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

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: Archer & Wentworth Ave., Chicago, IL 60616
Click here for more information.