Request for Proposals

Lead a Session at the 2020 NCLC!

The success of 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 2020 NCLC in Orlando, Florida. The official conference starts from May 8-10, with optional pre-conference activities on May 7.

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

The Request for Proposals is now closed. A notification email of the review committee's decision will be sent to the presenters by early January 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us directly via

Instructions for submitting a proposal

Proposal Requirements

  • All sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes. Plan your session to allow for sufficient question and answer time.
  • Presenters will be limited to four individuals.
  • If the language of the presentation is only in Mandarin Chinese, please include the title and 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 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

1. Session Focus

Select a strand that best describes your session.

  • Assessment: Approaches to integrating formative and summative assessment in instruction, assessment tools, and technology-based solutions, measures of literacy, oral proficiency, etc.
  • China Across the Curriculum: Approaches to teaching about China or Chinese culture across various subject areas, including traditional and contemporary trends.
  • College and Career Readiness: Models and Strategies for connecting students with academic and career opportunities.
  • 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. Proposals focused on elementary, secondary, and/or post-secondary instruction, are all welcome.
  • Partnerships and Community Engagement: Strategies to enhance your Chinese program with dynamic partnerships. Models might include thriving U.S.–China exchanges, bringing together local partners and resources, or engaging students in community activities.
  • Program Models and K–16 Articulation: Models and strategies for delivering well-articulated, content-rich instruction in Chinese along the K–16 pipeline, including early learning and immersion programs, as well as innovative models for secondary and post-secondary learning.
  • Research: Findings and analysis on current issues in Chinese language teaching and learning, including topics in Chinese second language acquisition and classroom-based research.
  • Teacher Development and Sustainability: Strategies for building support for and institutionalizing a program, such as fundraising, involving local stakeholders, recruiting and supporting teachers.

2. Primary Presenter information

Enter the basic information requested for the lead presenter.

3. Co-presenter(s) information

It is recommended that each session include up to four presenters (one lead presenter and up to three co-presenters). Enter the basic information requested for the co-presenter(s).

4. Session Title

Limit your title to less than 12 words

5. Primary audience(s)

Select all that apply:

  • K-12 teachers
  • K-12 administrators
  • College/university faculty
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers
  • Staff from governmental/non-governmental organizations

6. Session Keywords

Select up to four keywords that best describe your session:

  • Administration
  • Articulation
  • Classroom Practices
  • Cultural Exchange/Study Abroad
  • Global Competence
  • Immersion
  • Learning Standards
  • Literacy
  • Research
  • Student Assessment and Proficiency
  • Teaching Methods
  • Technology/Online Learning
  • Teacher Development/Training
  • Total Physical Response (TPR)

7. Session Presentation Language

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. (Please note that for NCLC participants who do not speak Chinese, they may not understand your session presented by Chinese.)

8. 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.”

9. Presentation Outcome

Describe the outcome of your presentation. For example, what knowledge and skills would the attendees walk away with?

10. 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?

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