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.

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.


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 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.


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)

  • 'Efficient' is the word to describe this conference. The organisation of the event was very impressive. Seminar papers ran in a smooth & timely manner. The range and diversity of papers was good & the quality of papers was overall good. It is good to see a lot of repeaters as well as new participants. (CLaSIC 2012)

  • A wonderful conference, greatly enlightening, the best Clasic yet (CLaSIC 2014)

  • Thank you for organising another great conference! (CLaSIC 2014)