3rd – 5th Jul 2014
Nanjing University, PR China
Deadline: 30th Apr 2014
We are writing to invite the submission of papers for an international Symposium on the Supervision of postgraduates in TCSL, to be held at Nanjing University from July 3rd to 5th, 2014. The Symposium will aim to address the issues of training and supervision of research students – both MA and Ph.D – in the field of TCSL. This will be the third symposium in a series, and follows the success of earlier symposia held in 2012 and 2013 at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield in the UK. Both symposia were attended by leading figures in the fields of TCSL from all over the world.
Papers are invited from both established researchers and research students. Papers presented in the first two symposia focused mainly on the design and provision of courses for MA and PhD students of TCSL, and on promoting the development of Chinese linguistics and the quality of learning and teaching Chinese as a second language. In the second symposium MA and PhD research students were also invited to present their ongoing research projects and/ or their dissertations so that they could get feedback from established researchers. These areas will continue to be covered in the third symposium, but we are also keen to get more papers on the rationale behind effective supervision of research students in this field.
The following is an indicative list of topics and themes on which we would welcomepapers to be delivered at the symposium:
• Presentations on the rationale behind and principles and practice of effective supervision of research students (particularly Ph.D students) in TCSL/ TCFL
• Design and development of MA and Ph.D programmes in TCSL/ TCFL
• How to help research students form and develop research questions and set up research projects in the field of TCSL.
• Joint presentations by established researchers and the research students they supervise, on the supervision process and how this helps the research student
• Examination of individual experience and lessons in supervision of research students in teaching Chinese as a second language (case study).
• Critical review of the current world-wide situation with respect to supervision of research students in teaching Chinese as a second language.
• Critical appraisal of the current field of Chinese linguistics and the theory and practice of teaching Chinese as a second language and how this affects the
supervision of research students.
• Theoretical exploration and/or empirical study of specific issues of Chinese language and its teaching as a second language and how these should inform
teaching and supervision of TCSL research students.
• Theoretical and practical study of teaching high-level language and culture courses related to L2 Chinese, such as traditional Chinese, literature, documents and stylistics, with a view to how these can inform teaching and supervision of TCSL research students.
• Suggestions for intercollegiate and inter-subject supervision of research students.
• Investigation into the relationship between general linguistics (plus applied linguistics) and Chinese linguistics, with a focus on research student supervision.
• Comparative study of Chinese versus other languages so as to investigate the impact of learners’ native language on Chinese acquisition, with a focus on research student supervision.
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
The working languages are English and Chinese. Presentations will last 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion. Participants intending to give a paper are requested to e-mail an abstract of approx. 400 words in English or 800 characters in Chinese to Ms. Guo Chengqian at the University of Sheffield (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for submission of drafts is April 30, 2014.
Please attach or include a completed form (see below) with abstract submissions.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
The symposium is mainly supported by WREAC funding. Board and lodging will be arranged and paid for by the symposium for those who have papers accepted. The conference fee of £70 will cover registration, proceedings and excursions.
SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Chairs: Professor Cheng Aimin, University of Nanjing, PRC.
Dr Lan Yang, University of Leeds, UK, Dr Lili Chen, University of Sheffield, UK
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Dr Lan Yang, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Lili Chen, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Shiju Zhao, University of Wuhan, PRC
Professor Cheng Aimin, University of Nanjing, PRC
Dr Lucy Zhao, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Changhuo Xu, University of Nanjing, PRC