Call For Papers


Canadian TCSL Association
in conjunction with the Greater Vancouver K-12 Chinese Teacher Association
invites submissions of abstracts for:


The 16th Canadian TCSL Symposium & 2020 AGM

Saturday August 22nd, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The 16th Canadian Teaching Chinese-as-a-Second Language Symposium is to be held on Saturday August 22nd, 2020 in the beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The venue of the Symposium is Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus (Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5K3).

This annual symposium supports all those teaching and/or researching in the field of Chinese language through presentations, discussions, and networking. By supporting our teachers and researchers, we support students in their learning.

2020 is also an election year for a new Board of Directors. If you, or any one you know, are energetic, service-minded, and willing to make contributions to Chinese teaching in Canada, you are most welcome to run or nominate someone to run. For more information on election, click here

Details of the symposium call for papers:
Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations (+5 minutes Q & A). Submissions are encouraged, but not limited, to focus on the following fields:

  1. New technologies in the classroom
  2. Effective and/or engaging strategies in the classroom
  3. Flipped and blended learning
  4. E-portfolio in Chinese learning
  5. Experiential and active learning
  6. Assessment in student learning


Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts must be submitted to cantcsla@gmail.comas an attachment with the subject “2020 TCSL Abstract”. For each abstract, please include the following information.
Title: 15 words maximum
Please keep it simple; make it obvious what your session is about - e.g. Strategies for Making Learning Chinese Characters Fun.

Description: 300 words maximum (or about 250 Chinese characters) excluding references

Key words: Please include 3-5 bullet points that participants will gain from attending your session.

Personal Information: Name, Title and Affiliation (included in the email body, not in the abstract)

The complete papers are not to be submitted. After the conference, written papers can be submitted for publication in the association’s online journal. There will be a separate review and selection of papers prior to publication.


Travel grants:

Two travel grants ($150.00 each) will be awarded to graduate student presenters from outside the Greater Vancouver area. Evaluations are based on the quality of the abstracts.


Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: February 15th, 2020