Call For Papers

Call for Papers: Chinese Language Teachers Association – National Capital Region (CLTA-NCR) Decennial Symposium 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, when modern Chinese intellectuals embarked on major linguistic reforms including the exhaustive promotion of Baihuawen (“vernacular writing”). Now a century later, Chinese as a Critical Language faces new opportunities and challenges in the context of globalization and rapid technological advancement. This year is also the tenth anniversary of the Chinese Language Teachers Association – National Capital Region (CLTA-NCR), which, drawing on the DC metropolitan area’s strengths, has become a major regional organization for Chinese language professionals. To celebrate both events and to further enhance the cultural exchanges between China and the US, we are organizing a symposium on Saturday, October 19, 2019 with the theme “From Baihuawen to Critical Language: One Hundred Years of Chinese Language Education”.

We are pleased to have Prof. Chih-p’ing Chou of Princeton University as our keynote speaker in the morning sessions of the symposium. The afternoon sessions of the symposium will feature individual and panel presentations.

We cordially invite researchers, experts, language professionals, and anyone interested  to participate and present their research at the CLTA-NCR Decennial Symposium 2019. The presentation can be on any topic related to Chinese language education in both K-12 and college settings, e.g., pedagogical challenges and solutions in teaching Chinese characters, curriculum articulation and connection between K-12 and higher education, teacher training and classroom management, second language acquisition, linguistic research, etc. We especially welcome proposals that address the two conference themes, i.e. Baihuawen and Critical Language.

Keynote speaker:  Prof. Chih-p’ing Chou, Princeton University

Conference Venue: University of Maryland, College Park

Important Dates:

  • Proposal deadline: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • Notification date: Sunday, September 1, 2019
  • Conference date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Submission of proposal:

  • The length of the abstract, including the title and keywords, should not exceed 300 English words or 450 Chinese characters
  • Please include at least three keywords in the abstract to help us assign reviewers.
  • Send the abstract to in either WORD or PDF format.
  • Note that your abstract file itself should be strictly anonymized, containing no identification information.
  • In the body of the email text, please specify the author(s) and affiliations.

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