The Fourth CLS International Conference – CLaSIC 2010


Under the immense influence of globalisation, the world is undergoing substantial transformation in the areas of language and education. Mastery in communication has never been more important than in today’s highly globalised and connected world. Language teachers are therefore faced with important challenges in finding new impulses in educational theory and practice to meet the expectations and needs of language learners from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

CLaSIC, the Centre for Language Studies International Conference, has been a forum for exchanges on the latest developments in current development in foreign language teaching and learning. Classic 2010 brings together around 200 leading researchers and practitioners from over 20 countries, Europe, Australia, Middle East, USA, etc. to explore and share innovative approaches that shape foreign language teaching or pedagogy.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Individual Characteristics and Subjective Variables, because it is evident to educators and researchers that learners take an active role in learning, and individual characteristics, such as age, gender, aptitude, motivation and learning strategies contribute to their learning processes and outcomes. 

Presenters will talk about one of the sub-themes below:

  •   Cognitive Factors in Language Teaching and Learning
  •   Affect in Language Teaching and Learning
  •   Language Learning Anxiety and Fear
  •   Teacher/Learner Beliefs, Attitudes and Assumptions
  •   Subjective Theories and Language Teaching and Learning
  •   Language Learning Motivation and Motivational Strategies
  •   Self-Concept and Self-Efficacy
  •   Metacognition and Language Learning Strategies
  •   Learner Characteristics and Individual Differences
  •   Cultural and Individual Notions of Autonomy
  •   Constructivist Approach to Language Learning
  •   Narrative and Life Story

The Asia Pacific Symposium for the Teaching of Asian Languages (APSTAL) will be also held as part of this conference. The symposium represents a collaborative effort by leading universities in the Asia Pacific region to advance research and practice in the teaching of Asian languages.

Above all, CLaSIC 2010 will provide a platform for stimulating intellectual exchange for language teachers and researchers, and forward foreign language teaching and learning within and beyond Singapore.

One of the prominent keynote speakers for CLaSIC 2010 is Richard Schmidt (University of Hawaii Manoa), who will be giving the opening keynote lecture on “Attention, Awareness, and Individual Differences in Language Learning

More information can be found here.

2 thoughts on “The Fourth CLS International Conference – CLaSIC 2010

  1. I have just come across this CLS International Conference. I would very much like to attend.
    Could you email me an invite?
    I am a Dr of Linguistics from the University of London and have recently moved to London.
    Many thanks
    Dr Najat Benchiba-Savenius

  2. Dear Dr Najat Benchibe-Savenius,

    Thank you for your interest in the conference. Unfortunately, the conference is already underway. Perhaps you could keep a look out for the next conference organised by the NUS Centre for Language Studies. Details will be posted at their website or on this blog.

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