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CLaSIC 2020 is postponed to 2021

CLaSIC 2020 - The Ninth CLS International Conference



Welcome Message

Yuzuru Hamasaki

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am delighted to invite you to the 9th CLS International Conference CLaSIC 2020 to be held at the National University of Singapore from 3rd to 5th Dec 2020. The theme of the conference will be Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century: Review, Re-conceptualise and Re-align. We are honoured to have the following academics as our keynote speakers:

1.  Ofelia Garcia
City University of New York, U.S.A

2.  Xiaohong ‘Sharon” Wen
University of Houston, U.S.A

3 . Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku
University of California, San Diego, U.S.A

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

Yuzuru Hamasaki

Keynote Speakers

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Ofelia Garcia

City University of New York, U.S.A

Xiaohong ‘Sharon” Wen
University of Houston, U.S.A

Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku
University of California, San Diego, U.S.A

About the Theme

Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century: Review, Re-conceptualise and Re-align

When the past millennium came to close, much has been debated about what skills need to be acquired in this globalised, technologically-advanced, and fast-changing world compared to the traditional model of learning as accumulating knowledge. Concepts of “21st Century Skills” have been proposed by many organisations and stake-holders. For example, Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) identified 3R (Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic) and 7C skills (Critical Thinking and Problem-solving, Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration, Teamwork, and Leadership, Cross-cultural Understanding, Communication and Media Fluency, Computing and ICT Fluency, and Career and Learning Self-reliance) as a framework for the skills. Two decades have elapsed since the beginning of the 21st century, and perhaps it is now time to review, re-conceptualise, and re-align our understanding of roles of “Foreign Language Education” in the 21st Century. CLaSIC 2020 provides a platform for researchers, scholars and practitioners in foreign language education to discuss the following questions. What are the skills to be acquired through foreign language education? What are the roles of foreign language teachers and learners? How should culture be incorporated in foreign language education? How has multilingualism contributed to the understanding of language acquisition process? How can technologies enhance language learning? What type of collaboration can we build with the communities? What impact can disruptive pedagogy give to foreign language education? What additional aspects are required to develop curriculum and materials? How can we assess and evaluate new skills and competencies? How can we support teachers’ development? What are tools and methodologies to contribute to our better understanding on foreign language education? In CLaSIC 2020, we hope to engage in an invigorating discourse on theoretical conceptions and approaches, research insights, and practical experiences from the various sub-fields and sub-themes.


·21st Century Skills and Language Education
·Language Teachers and Learners in the 21st Century
·Interculturality and Pluriculturalism
·Multilingualism and Translanguaging
·Mobile and Other Technologies in Language Learning
·Community-based Learning, Situated Learning and Project Based Learning
·Disruptive Pedagogy in Language Education
·Instructional Approaches and Methods
·Curriculum and Materials Development
·Assessment and Evaluation
·Teacher Education and Development
·Research Methods and Approaches
·Other Relevant Topics

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