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For the week of April 11, 2016

Russian Conversation Hour
Traditional Korean masks in the Insadong neighborhood, Seoul, South Korea by Bernie Issa
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
This week! - Chicago Language Symposium at UIC: Presentations about creating and evaluating online components for language classes, including presentations by LCSL faculty and graduate students: Dr. Susanne Rott, Anci Cao, Silvia Fortuna Dias, Victoria Derevyanskaya, and Tetyana DzyadevychApril 15-16. Full schedule here: Register:
Weekly workshop - GoogleApps. UIC's GoogleApps are more than just email. They include easy-to-use online alternatives to many Microsoft Office tools, as well as a website builder, cloud storage, and more! Most importantly, GoogleApps can be accessed by logging in with a UIC ID and password and are FERPA compliant. In this week's workshop we'll introduce you to the major components of the GoogleApps@UIC suite of tools and share some ideas for using them in language and culture teaching at all levels. As always, we'll help you figure out the best tool for your project, so bring your syllabus or an idea with you!

LCLC Weekly Workshop: GoogleApps
Week of April 11th-April 15th

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Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of April 11th-April 15th

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UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Google Calendar's Appointment Slots feature ( - login with your UIC email address)  is a great way to have students sign up for meetings without the hassle of a paper sign-up sheet. Creating a block of appointment slots is as easy as adding events to your UIC Google calendar. Then, just share the link given in any slot to allow students to see all the possible options and sign up.
To make appointment slots even easier to use, you can set a large chunk of time, say two hours, and have Google automatically break it into smaller (5, 10, 15, 30, 45, or 60 minute) slots. If you want more than one student to sign up at a time - for paired oral exams, for example - you can create multiple slots at the same time. And, if you teach more than one class and want to offer different possible meeting times to different classes, you can simply create individual calendars for each class and create and share your slots accordingly.
Check out this video tutorial for a great demonstration of how to set up appointment slots and add them to Blackboard.
For more information on appointment slots, see here:

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*
flag of Germany
German, 12-1
flag of Italy
Italian Club, 1-2
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
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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 April 11th

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 GermanyTUESDAY, April 12th, 3:00-5:00 PM


flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, April 13th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Diplomatie (2014) Diplomacy-dir. Volker Schlondorff

In 1945, Raoul Nordling, the Swedish consul-general in Paris, meets with Dietrich von Cholitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, April 14th,  3:20-5:20 PM

Rewizja osobista (1973) Personal Search-dir. Witold Leszczynski

flag of RussianFRIDAY, April 15th, 3:00-5:00PM

Acca (1988) Assa-dir. Sergey Solovev

Assa is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid-eighties. A young musician falls for a mobster’s young mistress. The parallel story line involves an 18th-century assassination plot.

Next week's International Films: Week of April 18th

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, April 20th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Le scaphandre et le Papillon (2007) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly-dir. Julian Schnabel

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, April 21st, 3:20-5:20 PM

Cien (1956) Shadow-dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz 

A man is hurled from a train. As authorities piece together his identity, three accounts emerge: one set during World War II, one in the immediate aftermath of the war, and one in contemporary Poland.

flag of RussianFRIDAY, April 22nd, 3:00-5:00 PM

Oligarkh (2002) Tycoon: A New Russian- dir. Pavel Lungin

During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement.

Cultural Events in the City

flag of FranceTUESDAY, April 12th, 6:30-8:00 PM

Free Spring Open House

Immerse yourself in all things French from cinema to current events, history and literature and even cooking and fashion! Take a free class. Find one that suits you. Meet teachers and fellow students, and discover how learning meets joie de vivre.
Fee: Free
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
Click here for more information.

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, April 12th, 6:00 PM

Migration - Integration - Refuge- dir. Yasemin Samdereli

Huseyin Yilmaz came to Germany from Turkey in 1964, and later brought his wife and children. With warmth and a sense of humor, his granddaughter recounts their family history – while the family is “back home” on vacation. The question they are all confronted with is “where is their real home?” German with English subtitles.
Fee: Free
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, Suite 200, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601
Click here for more information.

Spanish nWEDNESDAY, April 13th, 5:00-6:00 PM

Ciudad ñ: Encuentro con escritores latinoamericanos de Chicago - Organized by graduate students from The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies!

Book reading - Meet acclaimed Mexican author Francisco Gonzalez-Crussí and hear him present and talk about his work. Beverages and appetizers will be provided.
Location: UIC  Richard J. Daley Library, room1-470, 802 S. Morgan St., Chicago IL 60607
Click here for more information.

flag of GreeceTHURSDAY, April 14th, 6:30-8:30 PM

The World's Oldest Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

Dr. John Seiradakis, Radio Astronomer and Physics Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, will discuss the work of an international team of experts who used 21st-century technology to decode the truth behind the world’s first computer.
Fee: Admission: $15, Members: $10, Students: $5
Location: National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events

flag of GermanyMONDAY, April 18th, 7:30 PM

Royal Classical Music

Hear Handel's Coronation Anthems, the bold music played whenever a new king or queen is crowned, performed by Masterworks Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra.
Fee: Discount tickets: $ 10, other ticket rage from $29-59
Location: Orchestra Hall, Symphoney Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60604
Click here for more information.

flag of ItalyTUESDAY, April 19th, 6:00 PM

Italian duo Luisa Sello (flute) and Bruno Canino (piano) 

The International flutist Luisa Sello and Bruno Canino, one of the best chamber musicians of our time, form a special duo where Ms. Sello’s personality joins the experience of the Italian pianist.
Fee: Free
Location: PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60605
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flag of PolandSUNDAY, April 24th, Doors Open:12:30 PM, Show: 1:00-3:00 PM

Lajkonik 25th Anniversary Gala Concert

We invite you to join The Lajkonik Ensemble in celebrating a magnificent milestone. Come experience our 25th Anniversary Gala Concert, presenting numerous breathtaking performances of Polish folk song and dance.
Fee: Prices starting at $20
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago IL 60630
Click here for more information.