Request for Proposals
Lead a Session at the 2023 NCLC
UPDATE: The NCLC 2023 call for proposals has closed now. Thank you for your enthusiastic support! All qualified proposals are being reviewed by our Program Advisory Committee. Final decisions are expected to be announced in Mid-February, followed by the launch of conference registration. Your patience is highly appreciated!
The success of the National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) is built upon the innovation, best practices, and shared experiences of educators and administrators in the field. Share your ideas and successes by leading a session at the 2023 NCLC.
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 NCLC registration fee
If you have any questions, please contact us directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructions for submitting a proposal
Educators and school leaders from early childhood education, K–12 and higher education are encouraged to submit a proposal to present at NCLC.
We are seeking proposals in the following strands:
- Curriculum and Instruction: New and classroom-tested approaches to language and culture instruction with a focus on interaction, communication, technology, and the development of higher order cognitive skills. Proposals focused on elementary, secondary, and/or post-secondary instruction, are all welcome.
- Classrooms Practices and Student Outcomes: Exploring the link between classroom practices and how they influence student outcomes. Approaches to assessing classroom practices can include formative and summative assessment in instruction, assessment tools and technology-based solutions, measures of literacy, oral proficiency, etc.
- Chinese Culture Across the Curriculum | English Only: Approaches to teaching about China or Chinese culture across various subject areas, including traditional and contemporary trends.
- Program Models and K-16 Engagement Articulation | English Only: Models and strategies for delivering well-articulated, content-rich instruction in Chinese along the K–16 pipeline.
- Immersion and Early Childhood Program Models and Instruction | English Only: Models and strategies for delivering well-articulated, content-rich instruction in Chinese in immersion and early childhood programs.
- Teaching Strategies, Program Models, and Engagement for Heritage Learners: Teaching strategies, research, outreach, engagement, and program management for heritage learners.
School Leadership & Administrators Track
- Teacher Development and Sustainability | English Only: Strategies for building support for and institutionalizing a program, such as fundraising, involving local stakeholders, recruiting and supporting teachers.
- Partnerships and Community | English Only: Strategies to enhance your Chinese program with dynamic partnerships. Models might include thriving U.S.-China exchanges, exchanges with local Chinese communities, bringing together local partners and resources, or engaging students in community activities.
- Conversations on the Chinese Language Education Field | English Only: Conversations on pressing and current issues in the field of Chinese language and education that schools, teachers, parents and students face. Presenters will offer their analysis, insights, and suggestions on how these issues affect the field and how we can address them to advance the field moving forward.
Beyond School Track
- Research, Technology, and Innovation | English Only: Research on global competence, Chinese language, and second language acquisition in teaching, pedagogy, technology, linguistics/language learning, neuroscience and beyond. Both academic and classroom-based research is welcome.
- All sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes. Plan your session to allow for sufficient question and answer time.
- Presenters will be limited to 3 individuals (one lead presenter and up to two co-presenters).
- If the language of the presentation is Chinese, you must include the session description in both Chinese and English.
- Proposals advertising or promoting specific products or services will not be considered for the main conference program; however, you may apply to be an exhibitor or sponsor of the conference.
Preference will be given to proposals that:
- Include speakers from multiple institutions and/or regions
- Highlight K–16 and early childhood 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.
- Demonstrate innovative and meaningful use of technology in learning.
- Offer fresh perspectives on critical issues in the field.
To accommodate all conference participants, a presentation will be delivered in English or Chinese. Please indicate your presentation language.
English: presentation language should be comprehensible to the audience who do not speak Chinese, but may contain some use of Chinese language in your presentation materials.
Chinese: presentation language should be aimed at the audience who speak Chinese. If your presentation is in Chinese, please provide the title and session description in both Chinese and English.
- 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.”
Describe the outcome of your presentation. For example, what knowledge and skills would the attendees walk away with?
Presentation Delivery Method
Describe the methods you will use to deliver your presentation. How will you convey the session content and how will you engage the audience?
Please note that all proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on Monday, January 16, 2023.