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In memoriam

  Jane Orton (1945-2020)

CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) Association has suffered a great loss. We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our greatest leaders, Dr. Jane Orton. She passed away peacefully after a serious illness. It is impossible to express in words how essential and important Jane’s work has been to CASLAR. She has been one of our greatest advocates and best supporters from the very beginning of the foundation of our association. She recognized how important it was to have an organization that brings together Chinese and non-Chinese scholars from all over the world to do research in order to support Chinese language acquisition and teaching.

Professor Orton has had a very distinguished career. She went to China to teach English and English Teaching Methodology in the Foreign Languages Department of Beijing Teachers College (now Capital Normal University) in 1981. In her second year there she took the Chinese Pedagogy and Psychology courses in Chinese compulsory for her students, and thereby cemented relationships with students and teachers still vibrant today. Back in Melbourne she returned to La Trobe University where she taught ESL Methodology and wrote an award-winning PhD thesis, “Educating the Reflective Practitioner in China”, which was completed in 1990.   

Jane Orton went to the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne in 1989 as Senior Project Officer for the Asian Languages in Teacher Education Project. From 1992-2008 she coordinated Modern Languages Education in the Faculty. She was also an Executive Member of the Australia-China Business Council, including five years as a Vice President.

In 2008, she produced a report, Chinese Language Education in Australian Schools, which suggested remedial action to improve the quality of teaching and learning outcomes, including the establishment of an Australian Centre for Chinese language teaching. In 2009 she became Director of the Chinese Teacher Training Centre, established by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in collaboration with China’s Hanban Office. When the Department did not continue funding after 2015, Jane retired.  She became an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

In 2016 the Australia China Relations Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney published Building Chinese Language Proficiency in Australia, a comprehensive report on the current state of Chinese language education written by Jane Orton. Among other recent publications in 2019, with co-author Andrew Scrimgeour, she published Teaching Chinese as a Second Language - The Way of the Learner. Professor Orton has supervised more than forty theses on language and culture education and for over two decades she has presented and published widely on communication between Chinese and Australians. She has also designed and published several innovative electronic language teaching resources for Chinese.

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6th International Conference onChinese as a Second Language Research

Short Title: CASLAR-6

August 5-7, 2020

The George Washington University, USA

 

Call for papers

Location: George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA

Conference website:  https://eall.columbian.gwu.edu/caslar-6-2020

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CASLAR website: www.caslarcenter.com

Subject Language(s): Chinese, English

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline

 15 February 2020 

Extended to 08 March 2020

Acceptance Notification (by email)

 15 March 2020

Extended to 20 March 2020

Early Bird Registration Deadline

Registration Deadline                                                                    

 15 May 2020

 30 June 2020

Conference Dates

 5-7 August 2020

Conference Formats:

This conference will offer keynote speeches, breakout sessions, panel presentations, poster presentations, workshops, publisher exhibitions, etc. to promote collaboration, provide new knowledge, support peer-to-peer learning, and deepen communications between researchers and Chinese language practitioners at all levels.  

Meeting Description:

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 experienced-and practice-based discipline into a discipline 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 , CASLAR-4 was held at East China Normal University, China in 2016, and CASLAR-5 was held at University of Hong Kong in 2018. Another means supporting the CASLAR movement is a bilingual journal Chinese as a Second Language Research 漢語作為第二語言研究 published by De Gruyter Mouton; Berlin/New York. Copies of the journal will be available at the conference. Website of the journal: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/caslar

 The CASLAR-6 conference is co-organized by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL), and East Asian National Resource Center (NRC), the George Washington University (GWU). The GWU Foggy Bottom campus is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C., close to the White House, the Kennedy Center and a number of federal and international agencies.

 The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) at the George Washington University focuses on the teaching and research of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages and cultures, both classical and modern. The department offers majors and minors in all three East Asian languages and the MA program in Chinese Language and Culture. A major in EALL will achieve an advanced competence in one of the three languages and a deep knowledge of the literary and cultural tradition of the region represented by the language.

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The CASLAR Association is planning to launch a research initiative (CASRI) in order to promote the development of research projects and publications on topics that are expected to significantly support Chinese language learning and teaching. CASRI aims to bring together scholars from all over the world to work together on these projects. Special efforts will be made by CASLAR to bring Chinese and non-Chinese scholars together to work on join projects. We will start CASRI with recommending to set up six research groups headed by scholars who are internationally recognized in their respective field of study. For details, please go to the drop down menu under ‘Projects 研究项目’ (http://www.caslarcenter.com/projects/casri)

 

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CIFLTE Online Information Session 
June 2nd, 8am-10am, 2018 
Online via Zoom (a meeting ID number will be sent to registrants)
 
 
The Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE) at Teachers College is holding an information session to introduce three Chinese/English teacher training programs, namely a one-year program in TCSOL at Teachers College and a TCSOL/TESOL summer program in Beijing and Osaka. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to interact directly with our faculty members, current student and alumni. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
 
 
Please click here to sign up for the event. 

 

 

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