(Translated by Zhou Ziman, Proofread by Sun Wei ) On November 6th, the International Symposium on Language Theory and Language Teaching hosted by the Language Theory and Language Education Research Section of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching(ISCLT), which was held in a combination of online and offline formats at Nankai University in China, the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States and the Tencent online conference venue.
The conference is co-organized and funded by the unit member Nankai University, China, the University of Wisconsin-Madison ("Zhao Yuanren Foundation"), and the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT), and hosted by the School of Chinese Language and Culture of Nankai University, which is affiliated with the Chapter Secretariat. It was the first academic event since the establishment of the Research Section on Language Theory and Language Education of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT).
More than 600 scholars from more than 80 universities and research institutions in Chinaattended this conference, including Nankai University, Peking University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Renmin University of China, Zhejiang University, Tsinghua University, Tianjin University and Tianjin Normal University, as well as from overseas universities such as the University of Wisconsin in the United States and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. And during the conference, 45 experts and scholars gave academic presentations. The online and offline community come together for lively discussions, insightful discussions, in-depth pedagogical exploration and sharing of new academic knowledge. The topics of this conference include: the frontiers of language education theory; research on teaching Chinese and Chinese elements in international Chinese language teaching; research on the development and application of digital teaching resources; research on the training of international Chinese teachers and research on the transformation and countermeasures of international Chinese language education in the "post-epidemic era".
Professor Zhong Yinghua, President of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT), Vice Chairman of the Education Supervisory Committee for Postgraduate Education in Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) and President of Tianjin Normal University, representing the society on site and gave a visionary academic report entitled "New Needs and New Measures for International Chinese Language Education", which points out that international Chinese language education should be continuously promoted to tell the story of China based on the community of human destiny and to meet the practical needs of humanistic exchanges and mutual appreciation of civilizations, starting from meeting the new needs in seven aspects, such as audience subjects, teaching efficiency, system construction ,humanistic exchanges and so on. Then, Professor Zhang Hongming of the University of Wisconsin in the United States, Vice President and Chapter Chairman of ISCLT, gave a thought-provoking and fascinating presentation entitled "Several Linguistic Issues in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language". And Professor Yuan Bo-ping of Cambridge University, the Executive Director of ISCLT, Professor Meng Juyi of Korea University of Foreign Studies, Professor Cui Xiliang, Vice President of ISCLT and former President of Beijing Language and Culture University, Professor Zhao Yang, who is the Dean of the School of Chinese as a Foreign Language Education at Peking University, and Professor Shi Feng of Nankai University, Executive Member of the Language Theory and Language Education Sub-Committee, also gave high-level keynote speeches at the conference from different perspectives.
In the afternoon session, Prof. Lu Fubo from Nankai University, Prof. Shi Jinsheng from Capital Normal University and 18 experts and scholars from Zhejiang University, Shanghai International Studies University, Shandong University and other universities and research institutions gave academic presentations on the frontier issues of international Chinese language education, which won a round of applause. Finally, at the end of the conference, ten outstanding papers and ten innovative papers were selected. The International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT) was awarded a project grant for the project which aimed at attracting and reserving young and middle-aged outstanding talents and academic achievements, and promoting in-depth research. The scholars expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Society for this forward-looking and practical initiative and to the NSSF for its encouragement and support of the Society's academic activities!
Under the guidance of The International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT) , with the full and careful preparation of the Chapter Secretariat and the joint efforts of the participants, the conference went smoothly and achieving a complete success!
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