CASLAR-6 2021

6th International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research

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Updates on the 2021 Conference

CASLAR-6 conference will be held from July 30 to August 1, 2021 virtually at the George Washington University. If you submitted your abstract before March 8, 2020, and have received an acceptance letter, you do not need to submit another abstract. Please submit your completed ‘CASLAR-6 Participant Update Form’ to [email protected] by May 1, 2021 in order to participate in CASLAR-6 in 2021. Registration will be open in the spring of 2021. Please stay tuned to this page for further information.

About CASLAR-6


CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) 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.

CASLAR: Chinese as a Second Language Research




Registration and Fees 

The registration fee covers access to all activities indicated in the conference program, including plenaries, breakout sessions, roundtables, and workshops.


Early Bird

( by June 15, 2021 )


( after June 15, 2021 )

Full-Time Students $30 USD $50 USD
All Other Participants $50 USD $70 USD


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 (GW). The GW 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 GW 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. 



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. Visit the journal website.