Teaching and Learning Second Languages as a Process of Discovery - Bridging Theories and Practices

Call for Proposals

 “Teaching and Learning Second Languages as a Process of Discovery – Bridging Theories and Practices”

March 25, 2017

Emory University, United States

The Emory College Language Center (ECLC) and the Confucius Institute in Atlanta at Emory are very pleased to announce an international conference on second language acquisition in the K-16 classroom. The conference seeks to bring together foreign language educators from K-16 schools to discuss theories and practices in effectively guiding and motivating students to explore languages and cultures and develop their critical and creative thinking skills in the process. Participants will learn various pedagogical approaches to designing curriculums, instructional materials, and learning tasks. The conference will also examine how current research and new technologies have impacted the way foreign languages are taught and learned.

The Confucius Institute will hold the Spring Chinese Institute for Chinese teachers in conjunction with the conference through a special track dedicated to teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The conference invites proposals for presentations on all aspects of Chinese language instruction for students in the kindergarten through college in all types of schools. Panels in the general and Chinese tracks are open to all participants.

In collaboration with Emory Continuing Education, the conference organizers are pleased to award 0.5 Continuing Education units issued by Emory
Continuing Education to participants who complete the full day’s program with a fee of $50.

To submit a proposal: DOWNLOAD the form. Please note: The form is filleable in Windows 7. If you're using Windows 10, please make sure you're in IE environment.

Featured events:

  • Keynote speech:
    • Carl Blyth (Department of French and Italian, University of Texas at Austin): "Understanding the Other, Understanding the Self: Second Languaculture as a Process of Discovery". Click HERE for an abstract.
    • Jianhua Bai (Kenyon College): "Integration of Effective Testing and Assessment in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language". Click HERE for an abstract.
  • Two concurrent workshops
    • “Reconceptualizing Grammar Instruction: Teaching Grammar via the Guided Induction Approach” (Lilia Coropceanu, French and Italian, Yu Li, Chinese, Emory University, and Jing Z. Paul, Agnes Scott College). Download DESCRIPTION of the workshop.
    • “Pre-text pedagogy” (Vialla Hartfield-Mendez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,  and Barbara Coble, Campus Life, Emory University). Download DESCRIPTION of the workshop.

The conference themes include but not limited to:

  • Strategies for engaging students as active participants in the learning process
  • The role of instructional technology and social media in promoting active learning
  • The role of art in civic participation as a tool in language classes
  • “Reading to write” approaches to L2 learning
  • Case studies in the Chinese language classroom
  • Exploration of new models of teaching Chinese in North America
  • Distance learning in teaching Chinese
  • Engaging students in large classes
  • Task-based teaching in primary and secondary schools
  • How to teach proficiency

Proposal submission

Please note: Deadline extended to Dec. 23, 2016

Proposals for presentation should be limited to 300 words and be submitted to qiong.le@emory.edu. Panel proposals and individual proposals are both welcome. Presentations are expected to be 20 minutes in length for each speaker. The submission deadline is Dec. 23, 2016. Please write “Emory language conference” in the email subject line. Acceptance letters will be sent out in early January, 2017.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Presenter’s name
  • Affiliation
  • Contact information (email address and phone number)
  • Title of the paper
  • Abstract (under 300 words)
  • Panel proposals should include a description of the panel, all individual abstracts, and name of the panel chair.

Important dates

  • Dec. 23, 2016: Deadline for proposal submission
  • Early January, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • Feb. 22, 2017: Registration deadline

Conference fees

  • $50 (to cover three meals, coffee breaks and handouts)
  • $50 (0.5 CEU processing fee for participants seeking 0.5 unit of CEU)
  • Free of cost to Emory faculty and students
  • Free of cost to members of Georgia Chinese Language Educators participating in the CI Spring Chinese Institute (lunch only; provided by the Confucius Institute)
  • $10 (lunch only) for non-members of Georgia Chinese Language Educators participating in the Spring Chinese Institute.
  • $30 (lunch and dinner) for non-members of Georgia Chinese Language Educators participating in Spring Chinese Institute.

Registration: Download the forms below:     

Please note: The forms are filleable for Windows 7. If you're using Windows 10, please make sure that you're in IE environment.   

Conference Program

Download the conference program HERE.

Conference location:

       301 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

       Information on accommodation forthcoming


Please contact qiong.le@emory.edu (404 727-5025)