Call for Papers

CASLAR-5 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 (15 minutes plus 5 minute Q & A). Below there are some suggested categories for topics, though submissions need not be limited to these areas.


Suggested Topic 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 and vocabulary

Chinese character acquisition and recognition

Acquisition of prosody in CSL

Discourse in CSL

Designing materials for CSL SL 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



Abstract Submission Deadline: 20 November 2017

Submissions should be made via our online submission system:

Submission Guidelines:

Please make sure the following information is included in the MS Word / PDF file when you submit your abstract to the online system:

  1. Name(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)
  2. E-mail of corresponding author
  3. Your name, affiliation, and title
  4. Abstract
  5. Not more than five keywords (please refer to the aforementioned “Suggested Topic Areas”)



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 and single-spaced). The abstract should summarize the purpose of the study, methods, main results, and implications (if relevant).

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