Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)

The Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Movement intends to make global competence a reality for students and to create alliances among educators to share practices and find ways to incorporate 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 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. Among areas of interest to CLAC educators are:

  • Alternative models of education that foster the acquisition of cross-cultural competences
  • Frameworks that serve to build connections between comparative literature, cultural studies and area studies
  • K-16 articulation models
  • Content-based language instruction and the development of new content-based foreign language textbooks and discipline-specific learning materials and technology
  • Study abroad including programs focused on professional studies
  • Heritage learner programs
  • Service learning models in cross-cultural contexts

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