Evolving Trends in Foreign Language Education: Past Lessons, Present Reflections, Future Directions 
Inaugurated in 2004, the biennial CLaSIC has been a platform for academics, researchers, and professionals from Asia and beyond, to showcase their current research and practices in foreign language education and related fields. Anticipating its landmark tenth iteration in 2024, we welcome all proposals of paper and poster presentations to share insights, experiences and perspectives on current and forthcoming developments in language pedagogy and its related disciplines for a more inclusive, effective and innovative Foreign Language Education.
The conference will adopt the following subthemes, but submissions on other topics may also be considered.
  1. Technological Paradigms, The Digital Shift, and Mobile Technologies Impact of AI, VR, mobile devices, and other emerging technologies on learning and teaching techniques.
  2. Innovative Instructional Approaches, Curriculum and Materials Development Influence of 21st-century skills on pedagogy, student engagement, and transformative teaching; Community-based, Situated, and Project-Based Learning; Material design aligned with evolving needs of modern language education
  3. Cultural and Language Diversities and Literacies Teaching and mastering languages in diverse cultural and linguistic landscapes
  4. Language Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback Innovative assessment methodologies, their validity and reliability, and broader implications.
  5. Learner Diversity and Challenges in Language Education Inclusivity strategies and their transformative potential; Diversity issues and the problems they pose in language instruction.
  6. Teacher Education, Professional Development Contemporary practices, evolving roles, and responsibilities of modern language educators.
  7. Research Methods and Approaches Exploring methodologies shaping academic research in language education
  8. Emergent Themes in Language Education Topics shaped by past experiences, future expectations, and current disruptions in pedagogy.
The extended deadline for paper proposal / abstract submissions is on 30 June 2024. To submit or edit your proposal, go to For the conference website, click here, or navigate to for other options.

Date and Time

Thursday, 5th December 2024 9:00AM GMT+08:00


Saturday, 7th December 2024 6:00PM GMT+08:00


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Our Event Speakers

Professor Emeritus Andy Kirkpatrick

Andy KIRKPATRICK is Professor Emeritus at Griffith University, Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Honorary Professor at the Hong Kong Education University. As well as in Australia, he has worked in tertiary institutions in Myanmar, Hong Kong, China and Singapore (at NIE). His books include ‘Is English an Asian Language?’ (with Wang Lixun) (Cambridge University Press, 2021), ‘World Englishes: Research and Practice’ Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press (2019) and ‘Chinese Rhetoric and Writing’ (with Xu Zhichang) (Parlor Press, 2012). His most recent book is ‘The Friendship Store’, an account of his time as a postgraduate student in China in the 1970s (Graham Earnshaw 2024). He is co-editor (with A.J. Liddicoat) of The Routledge International Handbook of Language Education Policy in Asia (Routledge 2019). He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland.

Professor Sarah Mercer

Sarah MERCER is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology. Her research interests include all aspects of the psychology surrounding the foreign language learning experience. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of several books in this area including, ‘Exploring Psychology for Language Teachers’ (Winner of the IH Ben Warren Prize), ‘Teacher Wellbeing’ (ELTon Finalist), Engaging Language Learners in Contemporary Classrooms (ELTon Finalist), and Psychology in Practice (ELTon Finalist). She has also published over 150 book chapters and journal articles. She has served as Principal Investigator on several funded research projects, has worked on the editorial board of various journals, was co-editor of the journal System for several years, is co-editor of Multilingual Matters’ Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching book series, is currently president-elect of the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning (IAPLL), is ambassador for IATEFL, and has served as a consultant on several international projects. In 2018, she was awarded the Robert C. Gardner Award for excellence in second language research by the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP).

Associate Professor Xiaoshi Li

Xiaoshi LI is an associate professor of Chinese at Michigan State University. She has been doing research in sociolinguistics, L1 and L2 Mandarin Chinese variation, Chinese language and culture, applied linguistics, and intercultural issues in second/foreign language teaching and learning. Her work on L2 Chinese under sociolinguistic variationist paradigm is pioneering. She has published extensively including an edited book on second/heritage language variation with leading sociolinguists, articles in academic journals, and book chapters. She has also received several grants and fellowships and has almost thirty years of teaching experiences in both the United States and China.

Assistant Professor Thomas Chiu

Thomas CHIU is an assistant professor of digital education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as the associate director of the centre for university and school partnership and the centre for learning sciences and technologies. He published more than 110 book chapters, conference articles, and journal papers in the fields of educational technology, psychology, and language education. He was named the top 2% most cited scientist in 2022 and 2023 in education by Stanford University. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for four international SCCI journals (3 Q1 and 1 Q2). He has collaborated with local, regional, and international scholars to win grants exceeding USD 32 million (USD 6.2 million PI/CCO-PI; 25.5 million CO-I) in external grants. Being an interdisciplinary researcher, Thomas has been collaborating with language researchers from different regions to investigate how digital technologies, including artificial intelligence chatbots and Large language models, affect language education and research.