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Call for Papers

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

The CLaSIC 2014 Organising Committee invites proposals for paper and poster presentations related to the conference theme. Submissions are to be made online at the CLaSIC 2014 homepage by latest 31 May 2014. Submissions on other topics may also be considered, but preference will be given to those directly related to the published sub-themes.

Enquiries can be directed to the Secretary.

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Link to Proposal System

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