– Chinese Language Research and Chinese Teaching: Today and Tomorrow

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The First International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language was held on March 4th, 2007 with over 200 participants from across nation and abroad. After six years practice, most colleagues urged us to host the 2nd Conference to meet the needs for learning new findings of research and studies on Chinese linguistics and Chinese teaching, adopting new theories of Chinese knowledge and teaching pedagogy, using the most recent techniques in language teaching, and effectively promoting Chinese language and culture education in North America.

DATES: April 25-26, 2014
VENUE: Towers Conference Center, SF State
             798 Font Blvd
             San Francisco, California, USA
WORKING LANGUAGES: Chinese & English

Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University


Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)
Education Office, Consulate General of P.R. China in San Francisco
San Francisco State University

College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University
Graduate College of Education, San Francisco State University
College of Extended Learning, San Francisco State University
College of Chinese Language and Culture, Beijing Normal University
School of Chinese as a Second Language, Peking University
Beijing Language & Culture University Press
Chinese Language Teachers Association of California
San Francisco Unified School District
Confucius Classroom at Cornerstone Academy, San Francisco
Confucius Classroom at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin
Confucius Classroom at University Preparatory School, Redding

Prof. JiaxinXie, San FranciscoState University (Chair)
Dr.Hui Zhang, San Francisco State University (Co-Chair)
Dr.ZhenglongXu, San Francisco State University
Prof. Zhongshan Li, San Francisco State University (Coordinator)


Feb 28, 2014:       Deadline for submitting Registration Form
Mar 7, 2014:        Deadline for confirming attendance, paying registration fee

April 25, 2014:
9:00 AM-12:00 PM:      Conference registration
11:00am-12:30pm:         Lunch
1:00 PM-1:30 PM:        Opening Ceremony, Group Photo
1:30 PM-4:30 PM:        Keynote speeches, Panels 1,2 tea break
4:30 PM-5:30 PM:        Dinner
5:30 PM-8:30 PM:        Keynote speeches, Panels 3,4 tea break

April 26, 2014:
9:00AM-12:00PM:     Keynote speeches, Panels 5,6 tea break
12:00PM-12:30PM:   Closing Ceremony
12:30PM-1:30PM:    Closing lunch

About the Conference

Theme: Chinese Language Research & Chinese Teaching: Today and Tomorrow

Focuses: (Six panels depended on the research interests of the keynote speakers)
• Latest theories & development in Chinese Linguistics Research & TCSL/TCFL
• Developments and Trends in teaching Chinese culture
• Research on Chinese Language, Culture and Thinking Modes
• Teaching of Chinese Grammar, Vocabulary and Characters
• Research on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
• Translation: theories and practices
• Chinese films in culture teaching: theories and practices
• Teacher education & professional training of qualified Chinese language teachers
• Integration of testing and evaluation in Chinese teaching

Special Features:
• Leading researchers and teacher trainers as keynote speakers
• Interactive communication throughout the conference
• Topics covered broad range of research interests
• Exchange ideas with experienced scholars from across nation and abroad

Keynote Speakers:

Chen, Zuyan        Professor/Director                            Confucius Institute at Binghamton University
Chu, Chengzhi   
 Professor/Director                            Chinese Program, U.C. Davis
Feng, Shengli     
Professor                                         Chinese University of Hong Kong
Fredrik     Professor                                         San Francisco State University
Li, Wen-Chao    
 Professor                                         San Francisco State University
Li, Zhiqiang         
Professor/Director                             Chinese Program, University of San Francisco
Liu, Lening          
Professor/Director                             Confucius Institute at Columbia University
Liu, Meiru   
       Professor/Director                              Confucius Institute at Portland State University
Sun, Chaofen     
Professor/Director                             Chinese Program, Stanford University
Wen, Xiaohong
   Professor/Director                             Chinese Studies Program, University of Houston
Xing, Zhiqun       
Professor/Director                             Chinese Program, Western Washington University
Xiu, Huajing       
 Professor/Director                            Confucius Institute at University of Kentucky
Xu, Zhenglong   
  Professor                                        Confucius Institute at SF State / Nanjing Normal Univ.
Yin, Jinghua        
Professor/Chairman                          Asian Languages and Literature, Univ. of Vermont
Yu, Ning             
Professor/Director                             Confucius Institute at Pennsylvania State University
Zhang, Hui         
Professor/Co-Director                        Confucius Institute at SF State/Beijing Normal Univ.
Zhang, Ying       
Professor/Dean                                 School of TCSL, Peking University
Zhu, Ruiping       
Professor/Executive Dean                  College of Chinese Language and Culture, BNU
Zhu, Yongping    Professor/Director                              Chinese Program,The University of Notre Dame


Conference Registration Fee:
$150.00 - Participants from Confucius Institutes/Confucius Classrooms and all participants who need to reserve hotel rooms. The registration fee covers 2-night (April 24 and April 25) hotel costs (in a double occupancy room), conference fee, conference materials and tea breaks.(for participants who choose to stay two nights at a single room, the registration fee is $300)
$50.00 - Local teachers/educators/full-time students who do not need hotel rooms. The $50 registration fee covers conference materials, tea breaks, two lunches, and one dinner.

* We accept CHECK ONLY. Please make your check payable to “CI at SF State” and mail your check with your Registration Form before February 28th or send the check separately to the following address before March 7th, 2014:
    Confucius Institute at SF State
    1600 Holloway Avenue, Burk Hall 325
    San Francisco, CA 94132

Conference Hotel
1. Double Tree by Hilton San Francisco Airport
    835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010-9949
    TEL: 1-650-344-5500, FAX: 1-650-340-8851
2. Free Shuttle between Hotel and SFO
    (1) 4 am to 12 am, shuttle service every 15 mins
    (2) 12 am to 4 am, shuttle service every 39 mins upon request by phone.
3. Payment Information:
    (1) Shared Standard Room: please state clear your arrival time and departure time in the registration form. For $150 Registration Fee, two nights in a shared standard room (a double occupancy room) will be covered by CI at SF State (April 24 and April 25). If you wish to stay longer at your own expenses, please contact the travel agent.
    (2) Single Room:please state clear your arrival time and departure time in the Registration Form. For $150 Registration Fee, one night in a single room will be covered by CI at SF State (April 25). If you wish to stay longer at your own expenses, please contact the travel agent. S

Deadline for Registration: February 28, 2014

Conference Registration Form is available at:  
 Download: Application Form for the 2nd international Chinese teaching conference (2014) 

Conference Secretariat:
Zhongshan Li

Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, Burk Hall 325
San Francisco, CA 94132 U.S.A.
Tel: (415) 338-7631 / Fax: (415) 405-2866
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