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2013.02.20 - Call for Papers: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Symposium

posted 20 Feb 2013, 06:47 by Admins ‎(Halima Chen)‎   [ updated 9 Feb 2015, 02:26 ]

Symposium on the Supervision of Research Students (SSRS) in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL*)

Invitation to Submit Papers

Details of Symposium

Date: 16-18 August 2013 

Location: University of Sheffield, UK 

Contact: Guanyu Huang (Ms) 

Contact Email:    

Call Deadline: 31 May 2013

Call for papers  

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:  

  • How to help research students form and develop research questions and set up research projects in the field of TCSL.
  • Examination of individual experience and lessons in supervision of research students in TCSL. Joint presentations by established researchers and their students on the supervision process would be very welcome. 
  • Critical review of the current world-wide situation with respect to supervision of research students in teaching Chinese as a second language. 
  • Critical appraisal of the current field of Chinese linguistics and the theory and practice of teaching Chinese as a second language and how this affects the supervision of research students. 
  • Theoretical exploration and/or empirical study of specific issues of Chinese language and its teaching as a second language and how these should inform teaching and supervision of TCSL research students.  
  • Theoretical and practical study of teaching high-level language and culture courses related to L2 Chinese, such as traditional Chinese, literature, documents and stylistics, with a view to how these can inform teaching and supervision of TCSL research students. 
  • Suggestions for intercollegiate and inter-subject supervision of research students. 
  • Investigation into the relationship between general linguistics (plus applied linguistics) and Chinese linguistics, with a focus on research student supervision. 
  • Comparative study of Chinese versus other languages so as to investigate the impact of learners’ native language on Chinese acquisition, with a focus on research student supervision.   

Submission of abstracts: 

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.  

Registration and Fees: 

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.  

Symposium Organizing Committee: 

Dr Lan Yang, University of Leeds, UK

Dr Lili Chen, University of Sheffield, UK

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.