CASLAR-6 2020

6th International Conference on

Chinese as a Second Language Research
 

Short Title: CASLAR-6

August 5-7, 2020

The George Washington University,

Washington D.C., USA

About CASLAR-6

CASLAR is a biennial conference with the goal to bring together scholars from all over the world whose research focuses on the acquisition, development and use of Chinese as a second language to survey available knowledge in the field, exchange ideas and initiate research projects. The conference is a part of the CASLAR movement that aims to transform a field from a primarily experienced-and practice-based discipline into a discipline based on and supported by research and theory. The first CASLAR conference was held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou in 2010, the second one was in Taipei, Taiwan in 2012, the third conference was held in Parma, Italy in 2014 , CASLAR-4 was held at East China Normal University, China in 2016, and CASLAR-5 was held at University of Hong Kong in 2018. Another means supporting the CASLAR movement is a bilingual journal Chinese as a Second Language Research 漢語作為第二語言研究 published by De Gruyter Mouton; Berlin/New York. Copies of the journal will be available at the conference. Website of the journal: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/caslar

The CASLAR-6 conference is co-organized by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL), and East Asian National Resource Center (NRC), the George Washington University (GWU). The GWU Foggy Bottom campus is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C., close to the White House, the Kennedy Center and a number of federal and international agencies.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) at the George Washington University focuses on the teaching and research of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages and cultures, both classical and modern. The department offers majors and minors in all three East Asian languages and the MA program in Chinese Language and Culture. A major in EALL will achieve an advanced competence in one of the three languages and a deep knowledge of the literary and cultural tradition of the region represented by the language.

The East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) at the George Washington University is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI programs, National Resource Centers and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. The goal of NRC is to address a national need for greater knowledge and expertise on East Asia through expanded language instruction, area studies educational programs, outreach and teacher training. The NRC also seeks to provide historically underrepresented communities with academic and professional opportunities, resources, and access to expertise that encourage public service and facilitate critical discussion on issues of global importance. With GWU having the largest and most influential Asian studies program in the D.C. area, the NRC’s aim is to facilitate the university’s ability to share that knowledge with the broader public. The programs of NRC support international and foreign language education. 

Conference Formats:
This conference will offer keynote speeches, breakout sessions, panel presentations, poster presentations, workshops, publisher exhibitions, etc. to promote collaboration, provide new knowledge, support peer-to-peer learning, and deepen communications between researchers and Chinese language practitioners at all levels.

Plenary Speakers: 
Prof. Jane Orton, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Wen Cao, Beijing Language and Culture University, China
Prof. Chiara Romagnoli, Università Degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy

Prof. Fangyuan Yuan, United States Naval Academy, President of Chinese Language Teachers Association-USA  

Other Activities:

In addition to keynote addresses, breakout sessions, poster presentations and publisher exhibitions, the CASLAR-6 Conference will also offer two more activities:

1) CASRI Roundtables (CASLAR Research Initiative): CASRI research groups (see caslarcenter.com website) will offer round table discussions about the topics they focus on: 1) prosody and tone, 2) formulaic language, idioms, situation-bound utterances, 3) acquisition and use of modality, 4) innovative pedagogical approaches, 5) vocabulary, speech acts and discourse, 6) neural mechanism of cognitive/psychological process in the Chinese language as related to language acquisition. Participation in these round-table discussions is voluntary.

2) A couple of workshops with the objective of bridging the research and practice of Chinese language acquisition. For example, the From Paper to Practice workshops will present research findings in a way that is accessible and applicable to practitioners in a variety of teaching contexts and will also present opportunities for collaboration and communication between researchers with similar interests and classroom language instructors. Workshops are open to conference attendees, free of charge. However, participants are required to sign up for workshops in advance.


Organizers:
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL), the George Washington University
East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), the George Washington University
Chinese as a Second Language Research (CASLAR) Association

Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order):
Emir Bailey, East Asia National Resource Center, GWU
Liana Chen, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU
Matt Coss, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU
Hongyuan Dong, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU
Richard Haddock, East Asia National Resource Center, GWU
Shoko Hamano, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU
Miaochun Wei, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU
Phyllis Zhang, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU
Hang Zhang, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GWU

Conference Co-Chairs:
Hang Zhang, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics, EALL, George Washington University, USA.
Distinguished Professor Istvan Kecskes, Chairman of CASLAR, Editor-in-Chief of Intercultural Pragmatics and the CASLAR journal, State University of New York, Albany, USA.

Contact:  CASLAR-6 Organizing Committee at [email protected] (Conference attendees who register for the conference and need a Professional Development Point (PDP) certificate should email the Committee in advance.)