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For the week of February 29, 2016

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Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Registration for the Chicago Language Symposium on Blended Teaching and Learning is now open! LCSL faculty, staff, and graduate students attend free. The symposium includes hands-on workshops led by LCLC staff and our keynote presenter, Dr. Lara Lomicka. Symposium dates: April 15-16. Register
here by April 1: Contact lclc@uic (or your BLP director if you teach in the BLP to get the code for free registration).
Weekly Workshop: Making Interactive Games and Activities with PowerPoint - Looking for a way to liven up in-class reviews, listening exercises, or self-check activities? PowerPoint can be a great tool for doing just that. Using PowerPoint, you can easily create all kinds of different interactive games and activities for use in class and online. Jeopardy or any other game show, vocabulary identification, I Spy, grammar checks, task-based games, choose-your-own-adventure reading activities – all of these and more can be made using the same set of basic principles. In this week’s workshop we’ll explore these basics of creating interactive games and activities using PowerPoint, and help you design a game or activity of your own. Bring your syllabus and your ideas! This week's workshops are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in GH 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Making Interactive Games and Activities with PowerPoint
Week of February 29th-March 4th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of February 29th-March 4th

UH 1750

UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

Limnu ( is free service that allows you to use your computer like a whiteboard. Just as with a real whiteboard, you can draw, insert images, and add sticky notes to your Limnu boards. This can be particularly useful for making tutorial videos or in cases where you simply need a whiteboard but don’t have access to one.

Limnu boards are also collaborative. You can invite people to edit your boards or allow them to edit as guests via link. This can be a great way to have students collectively brainstorm or add comments to images or notes.

With a free account, Limnu boards expire after 7 days, but Limnu offers free premium access to educators (, which allows you to keep your boards forever. This means you can post your boards to Blackboard or add them to other websites for your students to access.

Visit our sample Limnu board to give it a try! (Click Guest Login at the bottom of the page.)

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*
flag of Germany
German, 12-1
  flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *next week*
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Polish, 1-2
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Greek, 1-2
  flag of France
French, 12-1
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Spanish, 2-3
  flag of Italy
Italian, 2-3
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Japanese, 4-5 

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 29th

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, March 2nd, 3:00-5:00 PM

Mauvais sang (1986) The Night Is Young-dir. Leos Carax

A sexually transmitted disease called STBO is sweeping the country. It’s spread by having sex without emotional involvement, and most of its victims are teenagers who make love out of curiosity rather than commitment.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, March 3rd, 3:20-5:20 PM

Dom zly (2009) The Dark House-dir. Wojciech Smarzowski

The story flashes forward to an investigating team visiting a crime scene on a winter day during Martial Law in Poland.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, March 4th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Sherlok Kholms i doktor Vatson: Znakomstvo (1979) Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance-dir. Igor Maslennikov

Doctor Watson moves in with the eccentric Sherlock Holmes and they get a case to solve. A young heiress seeks Holmes’ help when she feels threatened by her brutish stepfather.

Next week's International Films: Week of March 7th

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, March 8th, 3:00-5:00 PM


flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, March 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Therese Raquin (1953) The Adulteress-dir. Marcel Carne

Thérèse is unhappily married to her cousin, a haberdasher in poor health. They share their home with his domineering mother who makes Thérèse’s life even more miserable.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, March 10th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Pasazerka (1963) Passenger-dir. Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz

While aboard a transatlantic ship, a German woman, Liza, notices someone who looks like a former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, March 11th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Tri istorii (1997) Three Stories-dir. Kira Muratova

Divided in three unrelated plot lines, the movie brings about three stories of unsolved murders, with all their plots centered in the act itself, rather than in its consequences (and quite peripherally in its motives).

Cultural Events in the City

flag of ItalyMONDAY, February 29th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Tribute to Gioachino Rossini

On the occasion of the birth of the great composer born in Pesaro on February 29, 1792, Musicologists Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University and Robert Kendrick, University of Chicago, will pay tribute to Rossini through three of his most celebrated operas.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute, Suite 1450, 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60611
Click here for more information.

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, March 1st, 6:00 PM

Literaturlenz: Reading with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria

Each year Literaturlenz brings together the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Swiss and the Austrian cultural institutions for an evening of readings in German.
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, Suite 200, 150 N Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.

flag of GermanySATURDAY, March 5th, 10:00 AM

Learn the Ancient Art of Easter Egg Decoration

Learn the ancient art of decorating eggs using the etching technique. Attendees have to bring 6 hard-boiled dyed eggs. Guest instructor artist Rasa Ibianskiene. Fee includes instruction sheet, pattern sheet, etching knife, and free admission to the Museum. Advance registration is required.
Fee: Museum members: $10, Non-members: $15, Children under 12: $5
Location: Balzekas Museum, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago IL 60629
Click here for more information.

flag of JapanSUNDAY, March 6th, 2:00-4:00PM

Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth Commemoration Ceremony

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is hosting a ceremony to remember the victims, celebrate the reconstruction of the Tohoku region and show continued support from the people of Chicago to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The ceremony will feature a live concert by children in Chicago along with video concerts and messages from the youth in Japan’s Tohoku region.
Fee: Free
Location:Chicago Cultural Center. Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago IL 60602 
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events 

flag of PolandMONDAY, March 7th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Pulaski Day Celebration

The public is invited to celebrate Pulaski Day on Monday, March 7, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall of The Polish Museum of America.
Fee: Free
Location: 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60622
Click here for more information.

flag of JapanMONDAY, March 7th-11th and 15th-April 1st

Kizuna 5: Voice of the Youth Photo Exhibition

The Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth photo exhibition displays the photos of Sendai-based photographer Kiyotaka Shishido who visited the Tohoku region of Japan to visually document portraits of children who participated in a video project to mark the 5th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011.
Fee: Free
Location: March 7th-11th - James R. Tompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago IL 60601; March 15th-April 1st - Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Click here for more information.

Spanish nSATURDAY, March 13th, 4:00 PM

Amama (2015)-dir. Asier Altuna

The crux of the film is a farm, spectacularly situated in the mountainous northeast, that has remained in the same family for countless generations. But, when the eldest son and heir apparent, like so many of the region’s young people, decamps to the city, the burden passes to his sister Amaia, an artist whose progressive ways place her at odds with her rigidly traditionalist father. In Basque with English subtitles
Fee: Full Price: $11, Member: $6 
Location:Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.