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.
Five scholarly volumes with selected papers from CLaSIC 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 have been published by the international publishing house, De Gruyter Mouton Boston and Berlin). They are titled Foreign Language Teaching in Asia and Beyond: Current Perspectives and Future Directions, Processes and Process-Orientation in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Media in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Perspectives on Individual Characteristics and Foreign Language Education, and Culture and Foreign Language Education: Insights from Research and Implications for the Practice.
In 2008, CLaSIC hosted for the first time a symposium on Asian languages teaching jointly with the Australian National University. The symposium has since been expanded and involved further reputable partners such as Arizona State University, City University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, La Trobe University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Hawai’i, University of Madison-Wisconsin and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 2010, 2012 and 2014.