Symposium on the Supervision of Research Students (SSRS) in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL*)
Date: 16-18 August 2013
Location: University of Sheffield, UK
Contact: Guanyu Huang (Ms)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Deadline: 31 May 2013
The Symposium will aim to address the issues of training and supervision of research students – both MA and PHD – in the field of TCSL. This will be the second symposium in a series, and follows the success of the first symposium held in August 2012 at the University of Leeds, which was attended by leading figures in the field of TCSL from all over the world.
Papers are invited from both established researchers and research students. Papers presented in the first symposium focused mainly on the design and provision of courses for MA and PhD students of TCSL, and on promoting the development of Chinese linguistics and the quality of learning and teaching Chinese as a second language. These topics will also be covered in the second symposium, but the plan is also to invite MA and PhD research students to join the discussion on how to improve the training and supervision from their studying perspective. They may also present their ongoing research projects and/or their dissertations so that they can get feedback from established researchers.
The following is an indicative list of topics and themes on which we would welcome papers to be delivered at the symposium. The focus throughout will ideally be how to supervise research students in these fields:
The working languages are English and Chinese. Presentations will last 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion. Participants intending to give a paper are requested to e-mail an abstract of approx. 400 words in English or 800 characters in Chinese to Ms Huang Guanyu. Please attach or include a completed form with abstract submissions. The deadline for the submission is the 31st May 2013.
The symposium is mainly supported by WREAC funding. Board and lodging will be arranged and paid for by the symposium for those who have papers accepted. The conference fee of £100 will cover registration, proceedings and excursions.
Professor Shiju Zhao, University of Wuhan, PRC
Professor Cheng Aimin, University of Nanjing, PRC
Dr Hengsheng Fu, Manchester Chinese Consulate
* In terminology, TCSL can be expressed as TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) in this context.