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For the week of March 14, 2016

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Students play a game during Kaffeestunde (German Conversation Hour)
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, this Wednesday, 10-12 in 1501 UH! Join us as we meet with people from around the Chicago area to discuss strategies for fostering relationships between instructors and
instructional design
. Please email to RSVP.
Weekly Workshop: Student Portfolios with Blackboard. Would you like your students to create a portfolio of their work as a final project? Blackboard portfolios allow students to combine and organize multiple files into one easy-to-navigate, easy-to-grade submission package. With this tool, you can have students bundle previous drafts with a final version of a paper, submit all the work they’ve done during the semester, turn in a paper and video together, and more. In this week’s workshop, the LCLC will tell you more about portfolios, why Blackboard may be the easiest tool for creating them, and help you figure out how to use them in your class. This week's workshops are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in GH 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Student Portfolios with Blackboard
Week of March 14th-18th

GH 304

GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of March 14th-18th

UH 1750

UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week: ( is a free and easy way to go from audio to written text. Available in a multitude of languages including Korean, Lithuanian, Spanish (of many varieties!), Greek, and almost every other language taught in LCSL, this web-based transcription tool is surprisingy accurate when used with good quality audio and even uses context to automatically correct its errors. Other than simply dictating notes, can be very useful for creating a transcript of an audio podcast, a YouTube video, or even a film clip, from which you can create activities like dictations, quizzes, and worksheets - just play the audio and use your computer's microphone to capture the sound.

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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German, 12-1
  flag of Ukraine
Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *April 4*
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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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To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at 

International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of March 14th

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 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.

Next week's International Films: Week of March 21st

There will be no films during Spring Break. Films will resume the week of March 28th.

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 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.

Next week's Cultural Events 

flag of GermanyWEDNESDAY, March 23rd, 6:00 PM

Lecture- Xavier Le Roy at the Garfield Park Convervatory

Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. 
Fee: Free
Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave., Chicago IL 60624
Click here for more information.

flag of JapanFRIDAY, March 25th, 7:00 PM

White Day Yakinuku and Karaoke 2016

Come celebrate White Day at San Soo Gab San, a delicious Korean-style yakiniku restaurant in Lincoln Square. After dinner, we will go to karaoke at Karaoke Restaurant.
Fee:Dinner: $25, Karaoke: $10
Location:Dinner: San Soo Gab San, 5247 N. Western Ave., Chicago IL 60625 
                  Karaoke: SingSing Karaoke Restaurant, 6248 N. California Ave., Chicago IL 60659
Click here for more information.