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For the week of February 15, 2016

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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.The deadline for submissions is TODAY - 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 during its final weeks. 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 February 15 (UIC) and March 1 (national): 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 areThursday 11-12 and Friday 12-1 in UH 1750.
Weekly Workshop: Interactive Images and Videos with Thinglink. A few months ago we featured Thinglink - an easy-to-use web-based tool that lets you create interactive images and videos - as our "Teaching with technology tip of the week." Since then, we've seen several LCSL instructors using this tool in their classes in fun, creative ways - student self-presentations, student annotated film stills, and student annotated maps. We think there are lots of other great potential uses of Thinglink as well - from vocabulary presentations to textual analysis - and in this workshop we'll share some of our ideas for ways to use it in classes of all levels. We'll also show you how to use Thinglink so you and your students can start creating your own interactive media. As always, we'll help you figure out the best way to integrate this tool into your course - so bring your syllabus and ideas.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Interactive Images and Videos with Thinglink
Week of February 8th - February 12th

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GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of February 8th - February 12th

UH 1750


UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

Plickers ( is a real-time polling and quiz tool that doesn't require students to use mobile devices. Like the popular tools Socrative, Poll Anywhere, and Kahoot, Plickers lets you create and display multiple choice questions to the whole class and have students respond individually. These tools are great for things like gauging student opinions as an introduction to discussion or doing quick comprehension checks of a grammar point or vocabulary lesson. Unlike other tools, however, with Plickers only one mobile device is needed - the teacher's - as students respond by holding up paper answer cards (printable from the Plickers website) that are scanned in the same way you would take a picture and their answers are instantly fed into Plickers for the class to see.
Watch this short video to learn more:
Want to give Plickers a try but don't have a mobile device or don't want to bring yours with you? The LCLC has Plickers-compatible tablets that we can lend you!

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.

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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 February 15th

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.

 flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, February 17th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Bande à part (1964) Band of Outsiders

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, February 18th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Wrony (1994) Crows

A thin child of about 10, nicknamed "Crow" because she mimics the bird, has no friends and rejects a teacher's hug. At home, she is left on her own, her mom locks her out while entertaining a lover or is asleep.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, February 19th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Dyadya Vanya (1970) Uncle Vanya 

A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The presence of Yelena introduces a bit of sexual tension into the household.

Next week's International Films: Week of February 22th

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, February 23th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Stromberg-Der Film (2014) Stromberg-The Film

A comedy centered around the incompetent boss of a German insurance office.

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, February 24th, 3:00-5:00 PM

L'extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette (2002) Madame Brouette

Madame Brouette follows the story of one poor Senegalese woman who has decided to take matters into her own hands on multiple occasions. She has to take drastic measures to save her family.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, February 25th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Poszukiwany - poszukiwana (1973) Man/Woman Wanted

A small painting by a relatively unknown local painter disappears from a local museum. A young art historian decides to disguise himself as a woman and take work as a maid in order to recover the painting. 

flag of RussianFRIDAY, February 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Strana glukhikh (1998) Land of the Deaf 

Alyosha has a gambling problem and his girlfriend becomes a stripper to help pay off his debt.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of GreeceTHURSDAY, February 18th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Antiquities In Peril – Heritage At Risk

A panel of heritage protection experts will discuss the causes and consequences of iconoclasm and archaeological looting, and consider what can be done to address these problems.
Fee: Admission: $15, Members: $10, Students: $5
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
Click here for more information.

Spanish nTHURSDAY, February 18th, 7:30-10:30 PM

Noches de Guaracha con Papo Santiago

Papo Santiago’s Orchestra joins us for the second installment of our series dedicated to traditional dance music from Puerto Rico and Cuba. 100% vinyl DJ set by Agúzate DJ Crew. Bring your dancing shoes!
Fee: $10
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural, 4048 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639
Click here for more information.

flag of JapanSUNDAY, February 21st, 2:00-4:00 PM

Day of Rememberance 2016

This year’s Day of Remembrance program features Mitchell T. Maki, co-author of the book Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress with an in-depth discussion of this struggle for justice.
Location:Chicago History Museum,  1601 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events 

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, February 23th, 6:00 PM

Die Farbe des Ozeans (2011) Color of the Ocean

Disaster in a holiday paradise: the German tourist Nathalie witnesses a tragedy involving refugees on the Canary Islands.
German with English subtitles
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, Suite 200, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, February 24th, 6:30 PM

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

Made In France: Fashion on Film is all about films as harbingers of style. Think Catherine Deneuve, Belle de Jour in Yves Saint Laurent, or Audrey Hepburn going for Breakfast at Tiffany's in Givenchy.
Fee: $9 with a glass of wine
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
Click here for more information.

flag of GreeceSUNDAY, February 28th, 1:00 PM

Hellenic Greek Museum Tours

Brief overviews of all the exhibitions are available. Free with museum admission, no RSVP is required.
Fee: Adult: $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $8, Children:$7, Child under 3 years: Free, Member Free. 
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
Click here for more information.