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For the week of March 7, 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).
The LCLC is hosting this month's SLATE (Supporting Learning and Technology in Education) meeting! Join us as we meet with people from around the Chicago area to discuss strategies for fostering relationships between instructors and instructional design. The meeting will take place on March 16th at 10am in 1750UH. Please email to RSVP.
Weekly Workshop: Rubrics and Grading in Blackboard. Do you already use rubrics when you grade? Are you interested in starting? Blackboard rubrics make grading a snap and let you quickly (and paperlessly!) give students feedback on their assignments. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to design a good rubric, show you how rubrics work in Blackboard and how you can pair them with Blackboard's inline grading feature, and help you set up your own rubric based on an assignment for your class. Be sure to bring a copy of your syllabus or assignment! This week's workshops are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in GH 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Rubrics and Grading in Blackboard
Week of March 7th-11th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of March 7th-11th

UH 1750

UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:   

Google Forms ( are a tool that you might already be familiar with, but they've just unveiled some new features that make them even more useful for teaching. The new Google Forms automatically create colorful visual representations of the data they collect, making them great for in-class use. One or two question forms could be assigned as homework allowing you to both prepare for discussion and integrate these visual representations into your lesson. You could ask students which character they found most sympathetic or most deceitful or to choose the elements of a text that make them doubt the narrator. You could also ask them to sort different aspects of the culture they're studying as similar to their own or completely different, or you could ask them to rate their agreement or disagreement with a series of statements about a character, a story, or a cultural practice. The whole class's answers to all of these can then be collected and presented as colorful, easy-to-read, dynamic graphs and charts that provide a wonderful starting point for discussion. 

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, *next week*
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German, 12-1
  flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *this week*
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Polish, 1-2
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Greek, 1-2
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French, 12-1
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Spanish, 2-3
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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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International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of March 7th

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 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM

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

A psychological study of a murderous couple. 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).

Next week's International Films: Week of March 14th

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, March 16th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Tomboy (2011)-dir. Celine Sciamma

A 10-year old transgender boy moves to a new neighborhood with his family. He introduces himself as a boy for the first time to new friends.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, March 17th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Rewers (2009) The Reverse-dir. Borys Lankosz

Alternating between past and present, this film tells the story of Sabina, a 30-something bookish and timid poetry editor, who lives in a claustrophobic bourgeois apartment with her meddling mother, Irena, and grandmother during the repressive Stalin era in 1952.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, March 18th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Dzhentlmeny udachi (1971) Gentlemen of Fortune-dir. Aleksandr Seryj

Troshkin is a kindergarten director. He recently became a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless headpiece of Alexander the Great during an archaeological expedition.

Cultural Events in the City

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19th Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to our 19th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival. It’s your ticket to experiencing the creativity and vibrant cultures of all twenty-eight EU nations from the comfort of your theater seat. Chicago premieres of 62 new features distinguish this largest showcase in North America for cinema from European Union nations.
Fee: per film $11, students $7, member $6
Location: 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.

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 JapanMarch 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.

Next week's Cultural Events 

flag of ItalyTUESDAY, March 15th, 6:00-8:00 PM

An Evening of Italian Songs

A recital dedicated to the songs of the great Genovese singer/songwriters and to the history and tradition of the great Mediterranean city Genoa.
Location:Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio St., Chicago IL 60654
Click here for more information.

flag of FranceTHURSDAY, March 17th, 6:30 PM

Felix & Meira (2014)-dir. Maxime Giroux

In Felix and Meira, an unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds.
In French with English sublititles
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
Click here for more information.