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The Sixth CLS International Conference CLaSIC 2014

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies in Foreign Language Education

Singapore, 4-6 December 2014

(Proposal submissions are now extended to 7 June 2014.)

Welcome Message

A/P Titima Suthiwan
A/P Titima Suthiwan

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 6th CLS International Conference CLaSIC 2014 to be held at the National University of Singapore from Dec 4-6. The theme of the conference will be Knowledge, Skills and Competencies in Foreign Language Education and we are honoured to have the following academics as our keynote speakers:

Anna Uhl Chamot (George Washington University, USA)
Rod Ellis (University of Auckland, NZ)
Mike Levy (University of Queensland, Australia)
Naoko Taguchi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

For those who have attended CLaSICs before, we look forward to welcoming you back home. New participants are also most welcome to join our CLaSIC family of Foreign Language Education specialists. We hope to see you all here in December!

Titima Suthiwan


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Anna Uhl Chamot

Anna Uhl Chamot (George Washington University, USA)

Developing Self-regulated Learners in the Language Classroom

Prof. Rod Ellis

Rod Ellis (University of Auckland, NZ)

Teaching, Learning and Researching Grammar

Prof. Mike Levy

Mike Levy (University of Queensland, Australia)

Learner Autonomy and the Language Technologies

that Assist and Empower Learning
Prof. Naoko Taguchi

Naoko Taguchi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Pragmatic competence in foreign language education:

Cultivating learner autonomy and strategic learning of pragmatics


About the Theme

Competence is built upon a range of knowledge and skills, and enables one to perform tasks successfully and effectively. In language education, communicative competence has long been identified as a major objective of learning. Reflecting the intricacies of human interactions and communication, communicative competence is a highly complex construct encompassing an array of sub-competencies such as linguistic skills and proficiencies, knowledge of sociocultural and sociopragmatic codes, and the ability to engage in textual and conversational discourse. Findings from research in second language acquisition, linguistics, cognitive psychology and other related disciplines have also pointed to the significance of other factors that can contribute to the attainment of communicative competence or are themselves desirable objectives of foreign language learning. These include such notions as autonomy, learning and metacognitive competence, intercultural competence, digital literacy, and teacher/learner beliefs and assumptions.

CLaSIC 2014 provides a platform for researchers, scholars, practitioners and developers in the area of foreign language education to share and discuss findings and insights pertaining to the role and development of communicative competence, as well as other critical forms of knowledge, skills and competencies for foreign language teaching and learning.



The Organising Committee thus invites proposals for paper and poster presentations on knowledge, skills and competencies related to the following areas of foreign language education:

  • Four skills of language learning
  • Grammar and vocabulary acquisition
  • Communicative competence
  • Culture-related competencies
  • Learner strategies and learner autonomy
  • Technology and language education
  • Pragmatics in language learning
  • Curriculum development and syllabus design
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Teacher education
  • Motivational strategies
  • Beliefs and assumptions


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