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Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Conference
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When: 5/31/2010
Where: Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York 
United States
Contact: Dr. Cindy Evans

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2010 Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Conference to be held at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY,September 24-25, 2010.

Extended deadline: May 31st

CLAC conferences provide a forum for faculty, graduate instructors, and administrators to gain and share expertise in building and managing post-secondary CLAC programs. This year's conference theme focuses on the practical issues related to developing successful pedagogical models for the CLAC classroom. We also encourage proposals dealing with the use of technology to support CLAC.

A few words about CLAC:

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.

For more information, visit the CLAC website:

CLAC 2010 conference website:

Conference Theme:

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

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 Word documents attached to an email message to Dr. Cindy Evans (

1.A cover sheet including:

  1. 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)
  2. Title (of your paper or panel)
  3. Brief Description (75-100 words)
  4. Names of Presenter(s) (including, as appropriate, specification of their roles, contact information for each; titles and affiliations, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers
  5. Brief biographical sketch (50-75 words) for each participant
  6. Relationship to Conference Themes
  7. 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 will contribute.

3.A list of technical needs for your paper or session

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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