CASLAR-7 (Chinese as a Second Language Research)
August 17-19, 2023, Peking University, Beijing


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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, China in 2010. Since then, the CASLAR conferences have been held at Taipei (2012), Parma (Italy,2014), Shanghai (2016), Hongkong (2018), and Washington D.C(2021).

Another means supporting the CASLAR movement is a new bilingual journal Chinese as a Second Language Research《汉语作为第二语言研究》published by De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin/New York. Copies of the journal will be available at the conference. Website of the journal:
School of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University
Chinese as a Second Language Research (CASLAR) Association
Conference Co-Chairs:
Professor ZHAO Yang, PhD, Dean of School of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University, Beijing, China
Distinguished Professor Istvan Kecskes, Chairman of CASLAR, Editor-in-Chief of Intercultural Pragmatics and the CASLAR journal, State University of New York, Albany, USA.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Linjun ZHANG, Professor of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University, Beijing, China
Giorgio Francesco ARCODIA, Professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy and Vice-President of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics
Ziyin MAI, Assistant Professor of the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Call for Papers:
CASLAR-7 invites proposals for presentations that are related to research, and theory in any area of Chinese as a Second Language (CSL). Those wishing to participate should prepare abstracts for 20-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes Q & A). Below there are some suggested categories for topics, though submissions need not be limited to these areas.
- Acquisition and development of CSL (Chinese as a Second Language),
- Role of culture in the acquisition of CSL,
- Research-based Language Teaching Methodology for Chinese as a second / foreign language
- Pragmatics of using Chinese as a second language,
- Cognitive aspects of CSL acquisition,
- Distance Learning in CSL,
- Technology and CSL,
- Computer-mediated communication in CSL,
- Acquisition of Chinese grammar, vocabulary,
- Chinese character acquisition and recognition,
- Discourse in CSL,
- Designing materials for CSL instruction,
- Conceptual socialization in the process of developing CSL,
- Application of linguistic theories to Chinese L2 data,
- Motivation to learn Chinese,
- Effect of CSL on L1,
- Assessment of proficiency in CSL

Submission Guidelines:
1. Abstracts should be written in English or Chinese. Abstract length: maximum 350 words (or about 600 traditional or simplified Chinese characters) with title and keywords (A4 or Letter size, 12 points in single space). The abstract should summarize the purpose of the study, methods, main results, and implications (if relevant).
2. Please make sure the following information is included in the MS Word / PDF file when you submit your abstract to the online system:
a. Name(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)
b. E-mail of corresponding author
c. Your name, affiliation, and title

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Peking University, Beijing
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Meeting Dates:
Aug 17, 2023 to Aug 19, 2023

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 13-Dec-2022 until 26-Mar-2023.