The vision of CLIC is to help students become productive members of a society in which multilingualism and multiculturalism are the norm rather than the exception. To that end, our courses develop communicative and interactional abilities in a second language through the study of linguistic, social and cultural aspects of language use in context.
CLIC offers courses in eleven languages, a Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication, faculty-led study abroad programs and apprenticeship and service learning experiences both in Houston and abroad. An average of 700 Rice students register in our second language courses every semester.
FACULTY-LED STUDY ABROAD
CLIC offers eight faculty-led summer language programs in the following countries: Argentina, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Spain. All programs are six weeks long and offer 6 official Rice credit hours that fulfill the second or third year of language study.
CLIC relies on the expertise of its faculty and postdocs to carry out innovative research in second language acquisition, language instruction methodologies, and intercultural communication. CLIC organizes international symposia and conferences (e.g., the 2016 Symposium on Interactional Competence, the 2017 Research on Study Abroad Conference) and it disseminates its research findings through publications in professional journals and world-recognized publishers.
The center provides a series of monthly professional development workshops for its faculty. CLIC has also designed the “Bridging Research and Practice” website for K-12 and university-level second language teachers nationwide. The site provides users with a wide range of pedagogical resources and a large database of authentic language data.
Our faculty provide our students with an opportunity to be a part of the local community to further develop their language abilities and cultural and competence through several class projects. For instance, our 300-level Spanish courses have partnered with several local organizations to provide apprenticeship opportunities and our students have also participated in seminars for Spanish-speaking staff at Rice. We have also partnered with local K-12 institutions to create an integrated path for students learning languages to help them transition from language learning at the K-12 level to the college-level .
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