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For the week of April 25, 2016

French Conversation Hour
Students practice their French in the Language Oasis (GH 308)
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
Happy last week of the semester! Ready to start thinking about your fall classes? Good news, the LCLC is open part-time over the summer, so you can contact us once you've recovered. Virtual art museum? Student-produced videos? Setting up Blackboard Grade Center? Learning how to grade online? Group annotations of PDFs for your grad students? Email and we'll be happy to help you create or modify any of your online materials for classes from first year to graduate.
Thinking about your fall classes? Blackboard offers many tools that you may not know about or may not be sure how to use. Posting class materials, creating quizzes, streaming movies, discussion boards, wikis, portfolios, fostering student collaboration and creativity... LCLC staff will introduce you to a variety of Blackboard tools and help you figure out which ones are right for your class. Please bring your syllabus and your questions! This week's workshops are Tuesday 11-12 and Wednesday 1-2 in Grant Hall 304.

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Blackboard Overview
Week of April 25th-April 29th

GH 304


GH 304

Drop-in hours
Questions about using Blackboard, Facebook, Google Docs, etc.?
Week of April 25th-April 29th

UH 1750

UH 1750

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Tools to help students organize their ideas before/while composing. While traditional outlines can be made on notebook paper or in a word processing program, these online tools may help some students better focus, arrange, and articulate their ideas.
  • Padlet ( is an easy-to-use virtual bulletin board that lets you post and visually arrange text notes as well as images, videos, attachments (limit of 25MB), and web links. Notes can be moved around, grouped, and even layered freely.
  • Trello ( is an online organization tool that lets you create "cards" containing text, images, attachments (limit of 10MB) or links, and arrange them into categories and groups just by dragging and dropping. Cards can be tagged with color-coded labels to add an additional layer of organization.
Both tools are completely free, allow you to log in with Google, and offer free mobile apps. Additionally, both Padlet and Trello allow users to share their ideas and collaborate with others, and both feature simple, interactive quick-start lessons.

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
  flag of Germany
German, 12-1
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Italian Club, 1-2
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Ukrainian, 11-12
  flag of Poland
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 25th

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 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Fack ju Gohte 2 (2015) Suck Me Shakepeer 2-dir. Bora Dagtekin

Mr. Muller and his class are taking a school trip to Thailand to strengthen the reputation of their school.

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY, April 27th, 3:00-5:00 PM

GriGris (2013)-dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Despite a paralyzed leg, 25-year-old Grigris dreams of being a dancer. But his dreams are dashed when his stepfather falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers.

flag of PolandTHURSDAY, April 28th, 3:20-5:20 PM

Zdjecia probne (1977) Screen Test-dir. Agnieszka Holland

A film about a film being made by a group of young directors. The story is divided into three parts around the screen tests. 

Cultural Events in the City

flag of FranceTUESDAY, April 26th, 6:30 PM

A John Shedd Reed Lecture on Contemporary France

John Shedd Reed was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for a number of years.
Fee: Free
Location: 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
Click here for more information.

WEDNESDAY, April 27th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring Cory Jobe

Cory Jobe, Director-Illinois Office of Tourism, will be the featured speaker at the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerces next Chinatown Business Luncheon.
Fee: Chamber Members: $15, Non-members: $20
Location:2147 S. China Place, Chicago IL 60616
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flag of JapanTHURSDAY, April 28th, 6:00-7:30 PM

Mid-Century Modern Movement and Japanese Influence

Ms. B. A. Church is an accomplished interior design historian who taught at Harrington College of Design. This exciting talk will focus on Isamu Noguchi, George Katsutoshi Nakashima, and the Herman Miller and Knoll Companies.
Fee: students: Free, JASC Members: $10, Non-Members: $15 
Location: 10 S Riverside Plaza, Soldier Field Room 1st Floor, Chicago IL 60606
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Next week's Cultural Events

flag of ItalyWEDNESDAY, May 4th, 6:00-8:00 PM

An Audio Journey to the Italy of "La Dolce Vita" with Studs Terkel

Hear the voices of some of Italy’s most exciting 20th century cultural figures during the era of La Dolce Vita courtesy of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.
Fee: Free
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450, Chicago IL 60611
Click here for more information.

Spanish nWEDNESDAY, May 4th, 8:30 PM

Pibo Marquez Afromundo

Venezuelan percussionist Pibo Marquez has cultivated a successful musical career that has taken him around the world lead by an undeniable groove that travels through the sounds of Africa, across the Carribbean, and lands in his homeland of Venezuela.
Fee: Free
Location: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago IL 60625
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flag of UkraineSATURDAY, May 7th, 1:00-4:00 PM

Chornobyl Artist Performance

“Chornobyl: Impact & Beyond” artist Eden Unluata will be activating his site-specific installation with a Turkish tea ceremony performance. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invite you to visit, and have tea and conversation with the artist.
Location: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60622
Click here for more information.