Welcome Colgate University!

The CLAC Consortium welcomes our newest institutional member: Colgate University (representative Cory Duclos).

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Through its FLAC program, Colgate University seeks to create an international ethos for the liberal arts by expanding the range of curricular settings in which students and professors can develop and use foreign language skills. Beyond the foreign language departments, faculty in various departments and programs encourage the use of foreign language materials in their curricula, and certain courses – such as literature in translation – offer FLAC sections in which students can engage with the material in the relevant foreign language.

FLAC gives students the opportunity to expand their foreign language skills and/or to experiment with new languages. FLAC sections thus offer a framework for curricular initiatives that not only improve the foreign language competencies of students, but also demonstrate the necessary and critical value of foreign languages in understanding today’s world.

We look forward to working with Colgate university and its institutional representative in years to come!

If you are interested in joining CLAC as an institutional member, please contact us at clacconsortium@gmail.com

Welcome University of Pittsburgh!

The CLAC Consortium welcomes our newest institutional member: The University of Pittsburgh (representative Haixia Wang).

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Program offers students the opportunity to use world languages in courses offered in a variety academic disciplines, including those outside of languages and literature.

The program aims to provide a curricular framework to develop and apply language and intercultural competences within all disciplines. It is based upon the belief that languages and intercultural perspectives promote a better and more nuanced understanding of content in any course. It aims to promote a better understanding of world regions while demonstrating the relevance of practical language skills across the disciplines.

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS), with funding from Pitt’s Title VI National Resource Centers, has embarked on a four year initiative to increase the number of LAC courses offered on campus. Currently, three Title VI National Resource Centers support the development of new LAC courses: the Asian Studies Center (ASC), the European Studies Center (ESC), and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES). The initiative also receives support from the African Studies Program, Global Studies Center, and Center for Latin American Studies.

Presently, students apply their second language skills in French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian to the study of academic content in fields such as Anthropology, History, Art History, Film Studies, Literatures, and Environmental Science. In the future, the program will expand to more languages and other disciplines.

We look forward to working with the University of Pittsburgh and its institutional representative in years to come!

If you are interested in joining CLAC as an institutional member, please contact us at clacconsortium@gmail.com

Virtual Coffee Hour with CLAC

Join us at the Virtual Coffee Hour with CLAC: 

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC): An Effective Approach to Internationalize the Curriculum  

August 12, 2020, 1-2pm EST

Register here and you will receive the zoom link soon.  

Brief description:

Join us for this 1-hour virtual coffee hour as we discuss ways in which you can enhance global learning in any course or program through languages and cultures. In this casual session (30-min presentation, followed by 30-min Q&A), three Executive Officers of the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Consortium will briefly introduce what CLAC is and its different models on various campuses to further internationalize higher education. We will touch upon ways in which you can further your professional interests by building or incorporating CLAC on your own campus.


Bernd Estabrook, Professor of World Languages and Cultures – German, Illinois College 
William Pavlovich, Director of Global Learning Initiatives, Binghamton University
JY Zhou, Interim Director of Global Engagement and Senior International Officer, Stockton University 

Please contact JY.Zhou@stockton.edu for any questions.

CLAC work at Duke

In this report, Matt Hartman highlights the amazing work on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum taking place at Duke University, an institutional member of the Consortium:

Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC), founded in 2014, is a program that supplements Duke’s language departments by offering students the chance to take classes from other departments in their target language. Some classes, like Romance Studies’ Soccer Politics, are full classes that have English-language lectures and discussion sections that take place in different languages.

Other CLAC courses are half-credit tutorials graded on an S/U basis, planned in parallel with a class from a different discipline. Students are encouraged, but not required, to enroll in both. For instance, in fall 2020 students can choose to take the CLAC course Voices in the Environment in French, Chinese or Spanish; its partner class, Integrating Environmental Sciences and Policy; or both.”

Read the complete article in the following link:


CLAC 2016 Proposal deadline extended

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) 2016 Conference
Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through CLAC
October 21-22, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa

Proposal Deadline EXTENDED:
Friday, June 17, 2016
Selected papers invited for a special published volume


Drake University is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the CLAC 2016 Conference Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through CLAC. (Click here for more detailed information regarding the Call for Proposals). This 10th Conference explores strategies for infusing foreign languages, intercultural perspectives, and a global vision throughout the curriculum. Educational institutions often embrace “global citizenship” and “international engagement” in their mission statements, but definitions and practical strategies are not always agreed upon or made explicit. Moreover, the role of language study and use is often entirely absent from the conversation or mentioned as an essentially meaningless requirement with no strategy for integration with the rest of the curriculum.

In 2002, Drake University drew national attention for creating a unique and experimental environment for language acquisition.  As a site of innovation in practice and delivery, Drake University offers an appropriate venue for a lively discussion and debate about the future of languages in the curriculum, methods for promoting meaningful language use beyond the language classroom, and CLAC’s role in developing engaged and globally-minded citizens. 

We invite proposals for papers (30 min presentation, including 10 min Q&A) or panels (90 min total, including 30 min Q&A) or poster presentations on any issue relating to CLAC.

Keynotes include:
Richard Kiely, Director of Engaged Learning + Research at Cornell University.
Dawn Michele Whitehead
, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change in the Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at AAC&

SUNY COIL Conference webcast 4/25 & 4/26

Invitation to Free Webcast of the 10th Anniversary COIL Conference

More Info and to Register? http://coil.suny.edu/webcast


Please email COILConference@suny.edu

April 25, 2016: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NYC EDT Time

Monday Webcast Agenda

April 26, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. NYC EDT Time

Tuesday Webcast Agenda

For more info about the Conference please visit: http://coil.suny.edu/conference

The 10th Anniversary COIL Conference is again booked to capacity. In order to allow individuals across the world who may not be able to attend for geographic, financial, political, or other reasons to benefit from the many informative sessions on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)* at the conference, the SUNY COIL Center will again be:

  • Offering a free live webcast of all plenary sessions and two presentations during each breakout session
  • Recording all conference sessions to be made available as a video archive on the COIL Center website

The SUNY COIL Center’s annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together nearly 400 professors, international programs staff, instructional technologists, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share innovative models and best practices.

2016 COIL Conference Webcast Sessions Include

Opening Plenary Session

  • Welcome Remarks from CUNY’s Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita C. Rabinowitz
  • The COIL Story: A Reflection: The COIL Story: What we have done and why is it important?, Jon Rubin, Director, SUNY COIL Center (United States)
  • Keynote Address:  Globally Networked Learning for a Planet in Peril: Where Do We Go Now?, Doreen Starke-Meyerring, Associate Professor, McGill University (Canada)
  • Panel Discussion: What has changed, what have we learned and where do we go now? – An interaction with our audience

Day 2 Plenary Sessions

  • Town Hall Meeting – How to Support Growth of COIL Initiatives Across the USA and Abroad
  • Welcome Remarks from SUNY’s Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
  • Keynote Address:  Higher Education in a Shared World Susan Buck Sutton, Senior Advisor for International Initiatives, Bryn Mawr College
  • An Introduction to the Stevens Initiative by Henry Shepherd, Assistant Director of the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative, Aspen Institute
  • Panel Discussion: Where is COIL practice going? What funders are supporting COIL and Virtual Exchange, and what higher education institutions are adopting the model?

16 Breakout Sessions Including

  • Institutionalizing COIL through Collaboration Across a System
  • The Good, the Bad and the New! COIL-ing Over Time
  • COIL experiences enhanced by organically emerged mobility components
  • COIL: Creating Access to Global Learning for All
  • SUNY COIL Center Turkey Hub and Course Development Initiative: From Catering to Cartography: Against all odds!
  • Getting COIL to stick on your campus
  • COIL and the West Virginia Higher Education Trade Mission Model
  • Dragon Tales: Lessons learnt from multiple COIL courses taught at a 4-year institution

For a detailed webcast agenda and session abstracts please visit http://coil.suny.edu/webcast

For a decade the SUNY COIL Center has been reimagining education as a globally networked phenomenon. Collaborative Online International Learning* links faculty across borders to co-create learning environments in which students gain valuable digital and cross-cultural competencies through collaboration with international peers. We have in parallel expanded the landscape of higher education institutions at SUNY, across the US and the world who are internationalizing their curricula by implementing the COIL model to benefit their students, as well as their faculty and staff.

Our own networks have grown from a handful of loosely participating campuses in 2006 to over 50 committed member institutions working to normalize this model. At this, our tenth anniversary conference, we gather together to reflect on the evolution of the field, to celebrate accomplishments, to welcome new practitioners to our networks, and to investigate what new directions the next ten years may bring.

*COIL is used to refer to pedagogical activities using technology to link classrooms and students in geographically distant locations through coursework. Other terms describing such activities are virtual exchange, virtual mobility, globally networked learning, telecollaboration, and online intercultural exchange.


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