November 6, 2015
Dear Friends and Colleagues ,
You are cordially invited to attend the 24th Conference on Chinese Language Instruction, sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program at Princeton University, on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
A new addition to the conference is a Princeton University faculty-run workshop: When Theory Meets Practice: Workshop on Chinese Language Instruction at Princeton. This workshop will be held on Friday, April 29th, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is free for anyone interested in attending. Chinese language instructors at all levels are welcome to participate and interact with colleagues from across the field.
As in previous years for our conference, we welcome proposals for presentations concerning all types of research on Chinese language learning and teaching. The conference aims to include, but is not limited to, the following themes:
· Development of Materials : What kind of materials can better meet the challenges of varied language instruction?
· Culture in Language Study : What is the relation of language and culture to the design of Chinese language courses?
· Testing and Assessment : What are the true indicators of students’ language achievements? How do differences in learners’ backgrounds affect their performance?
· History of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
· Language Learning for Heritage Students
· Innovative Classroom Applications of Second-Language-Acquisition Theories
· Computer-Assisted Language Learning
· Chinese Programs Abroad
The Program Committee accepts submissions of one-page proposals, in either English or Chinese, for a fifteen-minute presentation on subjects relevant to the themes listed above. Proposals must be submitted by the January 15th, 2016 deadline. Individual proposals will be grouped into panels according to themes.
Limited funding for travel expenses (up to $500.00 if traveling from overseas, $300.00 if traveling by airplane in North America (includes Canada), including local transportation; and up to $100.00 by automobile or train, including tolls and incidentals) will only be available to participants who present papers, one person per institution . We realize this may not be sufficient to cover the actual cost of travel, but we hope you will be able to secure additional funds from your home institution. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on Saturday for all participants.
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Professor, East Asian Studies
Director, Chinese Language Program