CFP: Exploring Approaches to Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum

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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 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. 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 (etarone[at]

1. A cover sheet including:
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

* Title (of your paper, panel, or poster)
* 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 presentation)

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

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.


• Conference Website:


• Conference Call for Papers:

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at
the University of Minnesota houses one of several Title VI Language
Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to improve
the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages
effectively. CARLA supports a number of coordinated programs of
research, training, development and dissemination of information
relating to second language teaching and learning.

Center for Advance Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
140 University International Center • 331 17th Ave SE •
Minneapolis, MN 55414