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Exploring Approaches to Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum
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When: 9/30/2011
Where: Radisson University Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States
Contact: Dr. Elaine Tarone
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From The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota:

Exploring Approaches to
Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum


March 9-10, 2012
Radisson University Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

Deadline: September 30, 2011

The Spring 2012 conference onCultures 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. For more information on CLAC, visit:

Conference Themes

A specific focus of the 6th annual conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum will be on presenting and discussing a variety of models and points of focus for CLAC programs at the post-secondary level. 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 2012 will provide an opportunity for more extended discussions examining design and delivery of a CLAC curriculum.

We invite proposals for papers (20 min presentation + 10 min Q&A) or panels (presentation for 60 min total + 30 min Q&A) or poster presentations on any issue relating to CLAC, although the following topics are of particular interest:

  • CLAC course design (syllabi, classroom activities, lesson plans).
  • Innovative CLAC programs.
  • Focus on development of advanced translingual and transcultural competence.
  • Evaluation and assessment.
  • Incorporating technology in CLAC.
  • Theoretical frameworks for a successful CLAC program.

To offer a paper, a panel or a poster, please provide the following, in the form of MS Word documents attached to an email message to Dr. Elaine Tarone (

1. A cover sheetincluding:
Type: Presentation (30 minutes, including 10 minutes for open discussion), Panel (90 minutes, including at least two separate papers and at least 30 minutes for questions and comments from the audience), or Poster

  1. Title (of your paper, panel, or poster)
  2. Brief Description (75-100 words)
  3. Names of Presenter(s) (including, as appropriate, specification of their roles, contact information for each; titles and affiliations, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers
  4. Brief biographical sketch (50-75 words) for each participant
  5. Relationship to Conference Themes
  6. Target Audience(s) (including what the audience(s) can expect to "take away” from your presentation)

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

3. A list of technical needs.Note:Conference organizers will provide a data projector and screen for all presentation. Presenters are asked to bring their own laptop computers.

Note:The conference organizers 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. Prospective presenters are particularly encouraged to consider a poster format because of the opportunity they provide for extended discussion and networking. For proposals of this variety, please submit the same information listed above.

The 6th annual conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. CARLA is a Title VI Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The conference is cosponsored by the institutional members of the CLAC Consortium: Baldwin-Wallace College, Binghamton University-SUNY, Drake University, Portland State University, Skidmore College, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, and Wittenberg University.

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