Conference Announcements


5th International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 – Sat, 16 Jun 2018

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 experience- and practice-based discipline into one based on and supported by research and theory. The first CASLAR conference was held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou in 2010, the second one was in Taipei, Taiwan in 2012, the third conference was held in Parma, Italy in 2014 and CASLAR-4 was held at East China Normal University, China in 2016.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Jenn-Yeu Chen, National Taiwan Normal University

Professor Claire Saillard, Université Paris-Diderot, France

Professor Joe Winston, University of Warwick, UK

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).

Important Dates


Abstract Submission Deadline

20 November 2017

Acceptance Notification (by email)

20 January 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline

20 March 2018

Registration Deadline

20 April 2018

Pre-Conference School Visits*

14 June 2018

Conference Dates

15-16 June 2018

Conference Dinner**

15 June 2018


Chinese as a Second Language Research (CASLAR) Association
Conference Website:
Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research (CACLER) The University of Hong Kong

Pok Fu Lam
Pok Fu Lam, Pok Fu Lam
Hong Kong