Call for Proposals: The Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Consortium

The Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Consortium

Call for Proposals


“CLAC in Practice: Evolving Pedagogies for Teaching Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum”

Keynote speaker: Nina Garrett

September 24-25, 2010

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Deadline: May 1st, 2010

The Fall 2010 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate instructors, and administrators to share expertise in building and managing post-secondary CLAC programs. The conference theme will address the practical issues related to developing successful pedagogical models for the CLAC classroom.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum

The CLAC movement intends to make global competence a reality for students and to create alliances among educators to share practices and methods for incorporating an international dimension in curricula, and, more generally, to achieve internationalization goals. General principles of CLAC include: A focus on communication and content; An emphasis on developing meaningful content-focused language use outside traditional language classes; An approach to language use and cross-cultural skills as a means for the achievement of global intellectual synthesis, in which students learn to combine and interpret knowledge produced in other languages and in other cultures. Within this large framework, CLAC can take many forms, depending on specific content and curricular goals within a discipline.

Conference Theme

A specific focus of the 5th annual conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum will be on supporting CLAC programs through effective pedagogical practices and useful applications of technology. We aim to engage seasoned CLAC practitioners, those in the process of implementing programs, and prospective CLAC program developers in a dialogue to share ideas and best practices in our evolving and unique field of education for global citizens. CLAC attendees generally come to the conference eager to learn more about how CLAC programs are implemented at other institutions. CLAC 2010 will provide an opportunity for more extended discussions of the practical matter of how to design and deliver the CLAC curriculum.

We invite proposals for 30-minute papers or 90-minute panels on any issue relating to CLAC, although the following topics are of particular interest:

CLAC course design (syllabi, classroom activities, lesson plans).

Evaluation and assessment.

Incorporating technology in CLAC.

Theoretical frameworks for the successful CLAC program.


To offer a (30-minute) paper or (90-minute) panel , please provide the following, in the form of MS Word documents attached to an email message to Dr. Cindy Evans (

1. A cover sheet including:

Type: Presentation (30 minutes, including 10 minutes for open discussion) or Panel (90 minutes, including at least two separate papers and at least 30 minutes for questionsand comments from the audience)

Title (of your paper or panel)

Brief Description (75-100 words)

Names of Presenter(s) (including, as appropriate, specification of their roles, contact information for each; titles and affiliations, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers

Brief biographical sketch (50-75 words) for each participant

Relationship to Conference Themes

Target Audience(s) (including what the audience(s) can expect to “take away” from your paper presentation)

2. A one-page abstract (500 words) of your paper or panel, clearly Indicating what each presenter, if more than one, will contribute.

3. A list of needs for your paper or session (Internet access and on- site computers may be limited. Come prepared.)

4. Note: The conference organizers also welcome and encourage proposals for posters and for creative presentations that do not take the form of a traditional paper or panel. This might include videos, examples of CLAC assignments and exercises, or testimonials from student and faculty CLAC participants. For proposals of this variety, please submit the same information listed above.

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