Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)

The Fries Center for Global Studies oversees and supports Wesleyan’s Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) initiative. The basic goal of this initiative has been well-articulated by the CLAC Consortium (https://clacconsortium.org):

The longstanding Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) movement is built upon a simple, primary concept: Students should have multiple opportunities to apply their knowledge of languages in a variety of curricular contexts, not just within the traditional language classroom. Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum builds upon this basic idea: Knowledge exists within and is shaped by culture and, therefore, just as materials in many languages can and should be incorporated into all parts of the curriculum, intercultural perspectives can and should inform the teaching of academic content in many curricular contexts. LAC and CLAC strive to make translingual and transcultural competence a reality for all students.

Here at Wesleyan, CLAC courses are instrumental to realizing many of the goals of Fries Center for Global Studies.

Our basic model for CLAC is to support once/week, Cr/U, 0.5-credit sections taught primarily in a language other than English, appended to existing English-language classes in any academic unit. There are many successful models for CLAC sections: they may be taught by the same instructor as the main class, or by another instructor; students may include native speakers of the target language, advanced (or intermediate-level) learners, or both; and so on. Academic Affairs will pay the instructor of each selected section a stipend of $3000, and FCGS will reimburse up to $300 of expenses for course preparation for each selected section. Sections that enroll fewer than 5 students may still run (at the instructor’s option), but with a reduced stipend. 

CLAC section instructors should have strong language skills in the target language, but need not be native speakers nor trained language instructors. It may be useful for instructors to consult with trained language teachers, which the FCGS can facilitate, but CLAC sections are typically not focused on language instruction. 

Interested faculty may contact Steve Angle, FCGS Director (sangle@wesleyan.edu) with questions.

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