Submit a Proposal

The National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) provides a high-profile platform for sharing new ideas and best practices in the fields of Chinese language teaching and learning, Chinese arts and culture, and U.S.–China educational exchange. The 7th annual NCLC is organized by Asia Society and the College Board and will be held in Los Angeles, CA, May 8–10, 2014. The conference will focus on:

  • building and sustaining quality Chinese programs at all levels of K–12 and higher education;
  • cutting-edge approaches to teaching that incorporate culture, technology, and global and community partnerships; and
  • best practices in the classroom leading to high levels of language proficiency and cultural competency.

As part of our commitment to fostering knowledge exchange, introducing new voices, and highlighting the latest developments in the field, we invite you to submit a session proposal and share your expertise and experiences. Educators from all areas of K–12 and higher education are encouraged to apply.

The 2014 RFP is now closed.

We are seeking proposals in the following areas:

  • New! Contemporary China: Approaches to integrating new and innovative trends from China across various subject areas. What aspects of contemporary Chinese culture and society can be shared with students in the language classroom, and how?
  • New! Higher Education: Strong K–16 collaboration, or topics and issues specific to higher education. For example: instructional methodologies; models for partnerships with Chinese institutions; models for interdepartmental cooperation; and proficiency- and performance-based assessment.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: In particular, new and classroom-tested approaches to language and culture instruction with a focus on interaction, communication, and the development of higher order cognitive skills.
  • Partnerships and Community Engagement: Strategies to enhance your Chinese language and culture program with dynamic partnerships. Models might include thriving U.S.–China educational and cultural exchanges, bringing together local partners and resources, or engaging students in community activities which allow them to utilize their language skills while deepening community awareness.
  • Assessment: Approaches to integrating formative and summative assessment in instruction, assessment tools and technology-based solutions, measures of literacy, oral proficiency, etc.
  • Program Models and K–16 Articulation: Models and strategies for bringing Chinese to young learners, building and structuring Chinese language immersion programs, and delivering well-articulated, content-rich instruction in Chinese. Proposals that demonstrate effective articulation of instruction across levels of Chinese along the K–16 pipeline are highly encouraged.
  • Teacher Development and Sustainability: Strategies for building support for and institutionalizing a program, such as fundraising, involving local stakeholders, recruiting and supporting teachers.

In addition to the conference-style breakout sessions, a few special sessions will be offered at the 2014 NCLC. These events will offer a platform for several speakers to highlight their work in a less formal, highly interactive setting:

  • Teacher Swap Shop
  • Technology Forum
  • Research Colloquium

Special notes on the 2014 program

Technology As technology becomes more seamlessly integrated into classrooms and wherever learning is taking place, the NCLC program will not isolate a single strand for technology. Instead, we encourage proposals that highlight technology as a part of instructional and programmatic strategies and activities. Additionally, the Technology Forum (see above) will provide a venue for showcasing innovative and practical uses of technology.

Research The NCLC will host a research colloquium featuring select, new topics in the field. This colloquium will replace a strand in the breakout program; applied research that links to program strands (such as Curriculum and Instruction or Assessment) may be submitted for consideration in the respective strands.

From Early Language Learning to Higher Education and Careers This year, we are especially interested in building capacity in early language and immersion programs, as well as strengthening the connection between higher education and K–12. We also encourage proposals in all areas that connect instruction across different grade levels and support meaningful K–16 articulation, and introduce new opportunities to students.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

    • Include speakers from multiple institutions and/or regions
    • Highlight K–16 collaborative programs or initiatives
    • Offer practical, hands-on information and resources that participants can apply in their work
    • Provide research and data to support claims and document outcomes
    • Include best practices and examples of what works and what doesn’t
    • Present programs or policies that improve educational access and success for all students
    • Foster dialogue between educators from different professional areas
    • Offer fresh perspectives on critical issues in the field

Please note: Proposals advertising or promoting specific products or services will not be considered for the main conference program.

Benefits to Presenters

As a session presenter, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Share your knowledge and experiences, and gather valuable feedback from peers
  • Showcase your educational programs and partnerships to a national audience
  • Help shape the agenda of the Chinese language education community
  • Receive a discount on your registration fee

Guidelines and Procedures

Please read and follow the proposal submission requirements. Proposals that do not meet these criteria will not be considered:

  • All sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes. Plan your session to allow for sufficient question and answer time.
  • Presenters will be limited to 3 individuals.

Session Description (up to 150 words)

As you are writing your session description:

  • Limit the description to 150 words.
  • Highlight specifically innovative approaches, new ideas, and fresh perspectives.
  • Focus on what participants will be doing, rather than what they will be receiving. Use action words to keep the description centered on the participant experience.
  • Include data, research or examples that illustrate the impact and effectiveness of the models and approaches being shared.
  • Include a concrete learning outcome emphasizing what participants can do with the information gained, and how they can apply these skills and knowledge in their work. Here is an example of an effective learning outcome: “Participants will learn how to develop model curriculum enhancements that support knowledge and interest in Chinese culture and language throughout the school community.”

The 2014 RFP is now closed.

The NCLC Program Advisory Committee will review all proposals and notifications will be sent via e-mail in January 2014.

If you have questions, contact us.