2018 International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice

Date: Nov. 3-4, 2018

Location: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Contact Person: Ling Wang (ling.wang@emory.edu)

Call for proposals

The Conference is organized by Emory University and the Confucius Institute in Atlanta at Emory as part of Emory and Nanjing University joint research initiative to promote research and practice in second language acquisition, featuring in particular the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language. It aims to bring together international and American scholars and practitioners in the field to discuss different aspects of teaching and learning Chinese in a global context. It provides a platform for sharing ideas and forming collaborative research in pedagogy, curriculum design, classroom strategies, and assessment in both higher education and K-12 schools. The conference organizers would also like to thank Emory College Language Center for its co-sponsorship.

Pleanary speakers:

  • Prof. Chengzhi Chu (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Prof. Xi Guo (Jinan University, China)  
  • Prof. Xinren Chen (Nanjing University, China)
  • Prof. Minglang Zhou (University of Maryland, College Park, USA)

The conference invites proposals for presentations related to the research, theory, and practice in any area of teaching Chinese as a foreign language (CFL). Suggested topics include but not limited to the following:

  • Research theory and methodology on CFL
  • Acquisition and development of CFL
  • Strategy in researching the field of CFL
  • Role of Confucius Institute in promoting CFL
  • Localizing teaching Chinese as a second language
  • Chinese for heritage learners
  • Sociolinguistics theory and practice of CFL
  • Research on theory and methodology of family language planning
  • The role of culture in CFL classrooms
  • Assessment of CFL learner proficiency
  • Designing materials for CFL


Individual or panel submissions are welcomed. Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for Q & A. Proposals should include an abstract in either English or Chinese of 300 words in maximum. Conference language is Chinese and English.

Conference proposal deadline: May 20 (international scholars), August 15 (US scholars)

Acceptance notification date: June 10 (international scholars), Sept. 1 (US scholars)

To submit a proposal, please download the form and submit to: ling.wang@emory.edu

Conference language: Chinese and English

Financial assistance:

Unfortunately the organizers will not be able to offer financial assistance for this conference. Presenters are expected to seek their own funding.


Registration fee: $70 (to cover group meals during the conference)

Conference hotel: 

The Conference blocked rooms at University Inn within walking distance to Emory campus. To enjoy the conference rate, please use promotion code TCHFL when making reservations at the hotel website. Unbooked rooms will be released Sept. 22.