Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Centre for Language Studies

The Fifth CLS International Conference
CLaSIC 2012
Culture in Foreign Language Learning:
Framing and Reframing the Issue
Singapore, 6-8 December 2012

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, Hermann Funk, Cornelius Kubler and Amy Tsui. Three scholarly volumes with selected papers from CLaSIC 2004, 2006 and 2008 have been published by the international publishing house, De Gruyter Mouton (Boston and Berlin). The last of these three volumes is titled Media in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. A fourth volume with selected papers from CLaSIC 2010 is currently in preparation.


Asia-Pacific Symposium for the Teaching of Asian Languages

In 2008, CLaSIC hosted for the first time a symposium on Asian languages teaching jointly with the Australian National University. The symposium was expanded in 2010 to include further reputable partners in the University of Hawai’i, La Trobe University, and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Feedback on the last four conferences:

- The committee has done a fantastic job and I've found all staff very helpful and generous. I particularly enjoyed the different areas covered in the parallel sessions from Teacher Education to ESL, or EFL plus the CALL component, very useful and enriching.   (CLaSIC 2004) 

- I truly enjoyed the sociability of this conference the chance to interact with a wide variety of professionals from diverse locations addressing different conditions & language. This diversity is one of the most attractive featured of CLaSIC, and will encourage me to return. (CLaSIC 2006)

- The conference organisation has been excellent, the support staff charming and helpful. (CLaSIC 2008)

- Thank you very much for all support and well organized conference! I really had a great time here. Also, thank you for providing us excellent meals every time! Everything was very tasty. I'm looking forward to attending next conference in the future. :)  (CLaSIC 2010)


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