7th International CLS Conference CLaSIC 2016


posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen, Germany

The 7th International CLS Conference CLaSIC will be held at the National University of Singapore, December 1-3, 2016, hosted by the Centre for Language Studies. The conference theme is “Learning in and beyond the classroom: Ubiquity in foreign language education”.

About CLaSIC:
CLaSIC is a biennial conference organised by the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS), and aims to bring together academics, researchers and professionals from Asia and beyond for a productive and meaningful exchange of insights, experiences, views and perspectives on current and future developments in foreign language teaching and learning. The conference serves as a platform for participants to report on current research and practices in foreign language education and related disciplines. Since the inaugural conference in December 2004, CLaSIC has been a resounding success, drawing researchers and professionals from all over the world. Leading scholars in foreign language education, applied linguistics and second language acquisition have featured as keynote speakers, among them Anna Uhl Chamot, William Littlewood, Richard Schmidt, Elaine Tarone, Amy Tsui, Michael Byram, Claire Kramsch, Rod Ellis and Michael Levy.

The conference theme in detail:
In the current educational landscape, learning has become a multifaceted experience that transcends spatial, temporal and cultural barriers. At many centres of foreign language learning, educators have similarly been seeking to push the boundaries of teaching and learning space to beyond the traditional confines of the school and the classroom. Learning activities and interactions are today often a combination of synchronous and asynchronous experiences, including various forms of onsite and offsite curricular activities, and virtual interactions in the digital world. Furthermore, learning is no longer restricted to print materials, as ubiquitous computing has enabled easy and immediate access to seemingly limitless electronic resources for foreign language teaching and learning. Acknowledging such trends in foreign language education, our conference theme invokes the term ‘ubiquity’ to refer to a seamless continuum of learning experiences across formal and informal learning situations, as well as technology and non-technology based learning interactions in and beyond the classroom. CLaSIC 2016 provides a platform for researchers, scholars and practitioners in foreign language education for an invigorating discourse on theoretical conceptions and approaches, research insights, and practical experiences from the various sub-fields and sub-themes listed below, as they pertain to teaching and learning in the ubiquitous age.

Sub-themes:
The Organising Committee invites proposals for paper and poster presentations on related to the following areas of Ubiquity in foreign language education (deadline for proposals: May 31, 2016):

– Learning theories and ubiquitous learning
– Formal and informal learning
– Situated and project-based learning
– Technology and ubiquitous learning
– Blended learning
– Instructional approaches and methods
– Curriculum and materials development
– Assessment and evaluation
– Study abroad and in-country language immersion
– Teacher education and development
– Autonomy, self-direction and motivation
– Individualisation and differentiation of learning
– Learning strategies and learning management
– Other topics

Keynote speakers:
Hermann Funk (University of Jena, Germany)
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme (The Open University, UK)
Shinji Sato (Princeton University, USA)
Glenn Stockwell (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)

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