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Conference Overview

Frankly Speaking: Challenges in Integrating Languages and Cultures into a Post-Secondary Curriculum.

October 15-17, 2008

FedEx Global Education Center

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Registration is now open for the 2008 CLAC Conference!

The Fall 2008 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. A special focus this year will be on the implications of the May 2007 MLA Foreign Language Report on CLAC initiatives nationwide.

The keynote addresses will be given by Michael Geisler and Carol A. Klee.

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.