ISCAL 2014

The Fourth International Symposium on Chinese Applied Linguistics will be held April 25 and 26, 2014 at the University  of Iowa-University Capitol Center.  This conference is sponsored by: the University of Iowa International Programs Department, the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies,  the University of Iowa Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE) Program, the University of Iowa Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa

This Symposium will serve as a platform for researchers on Chinese applied linguistics around the world to generate ideas, cross disciplinary boundaries, and disseminate research about issues and concerns in the learning and teaching of Chinese as a non-primary language (including heritage language learning) across different acquisition stages in different settings.

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ISCAL 2014
Keynote Speeches:

Dr. Nan Jiang-The University of Maryland at College Park
A Psycholinguistic Exploration of Language Proficiency Among Advanced CSL Speakers

Dr. Hongyin Tao-The University of California at Los Angeles
Teaching Chinese Discourse Pragmatics:  Theory and Practice

Panelists and Abstracts:

Panel 1: Studies on Chinese Character Learning and Teaching

Abstract #1-Investigation into the Effects of Orthographic Strategy in Teaching Chinese Characters
to English Beginners

Xiao Hu-University of California at Santa Barbara

Abstract #2-An Investigation of Chinese Characters and Vocabulary Learning Strategies
Tianlu Zhang-the University of Iowa

Abstract #3-An Empirical Study on Teaching Radicals to Beginners with the Character Primer
Ying Liu & Ximin Fang-The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Panel 2:  Studies on Assessment of Chinese Speaking and Writing

Abstract #4-The Linguistic Breakdown Phenomenon in Advanced L2 Chinese Oral Production
Jianling Liao-Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Study Center in Shanghai

Abstract #5-Assessing L2 Writing Development:  The Case of Chinese as a Foreign Language
Li Yang-Kansas State University

Panel 3:  Studies on Chinese Vocabulary Learning and Development

Abstract #6-Experimental Research on Polysemous Morphological Awareness of Learners from Non-Chinese Character Cultural Sphere
Menji Wu-Confucius Institute at Indiana University-Purdue

Abstract #7-Semantic Gap Filling Ability in Chinese as a Foreign Language
Yan Liu-Duke University

Abstract #8-L1 Transfer and Chinese as Second Language Learners' Comprehension of  Noun-Noun Combinations
Shuyi Yang-The University of Iowa

Abstract #9-The Developmental Research of Semantic Access in Second Language Words Among the Less Proficient English-Chinese Bilinguals
Fang Liu-CET-Chinese Studies and Internship Program in Beijing

Panel 4:  Studies on Chinese Teacher Development

Abstract #10-Narrative Inquiry of CSL Teachers' Growth History:  The Steady Accumulation of the Practical Knowledge
Yongyi Wu-East China Normal University

Abstract #11-An Investigation of Chinese Teachers' Intercultural Teaching Consciousness
Shuai Wang-Peking University

Panel 5: Studies on Chinese Listening Skill and Perception

Abstract #13-Cognitive Factors in Speech Perception by CFL Listeners
Bei Yang-University of Wisconsin at Madison

Abstract #14-Presenting in Chinese Character or Photograph and Character with Pinyin for Elementary Chinese Listening Testing:  A Comparative Experimental Study
Wanbing Yang-Jinan University

Panel 6:  Studies on Chinese Grammar Acquisition

Abstract #15-The Study of the Acquisition of Directional Complements of Chinese by Learners of the Three Counties of South-east Asia
Chunhong Qi-Yunnan Normal University

Abstract #16-Chinese L2 Acquisition of The Displacement Ba- Construction:  Developmental Stages, L1 Transfer, and  Pedagogical Implications
Yuan Lu-The University of Iowa

Abstract #17-A Learner Corpus Investigation of CFL Learners'  Lexico-grammatical Development of Result-state Resultative Verb Compounds
Jie Zhang-University of Oklahoma

Panel 7:  Studies on Chinese Pronunciation and Speaking Pedagogy

Abstract #18-Corrective Feedback and Uptake/repair Patterns in Chinese Classrooms
Xiaomei Zu-Nankai University

Abstract #19-Experimental Study for Teaching Tones to Australian Learners of Mandarin
Ting Zhang-Nanjing Normal University, The Confucius Institute at
Queensland University of Technology

Abstract #20-An Preliminary Study on Film-based Oral Interactive Teaching Mode
Zengjiao Liu & May Liu-Nanyang Technological University-Singapore
Sim Seok Hwa-Ministry of Education-Singapore

Panel 8:  Studies on Chinese Grammar Acquisition

Abstract #21-Analyzing Syntactic Complexity of Chinese L2 Writing:  What Unit and What Else?
Yupeng Kou-The University of Iowa

Abstract #22-The Co-occurrence Error of "cai" and "le" in CSL (Chinese as Second Language)
Wei Bo-Sun Yat-Sen University

Panel 9:  Studies on the Use of Technology in Teaching Chinese

Abstract #23-An Evaluation on the Utility of Chinese Interlanguage Corpus in the Statistics of Confusing Words
Hua Li-Beijing Language and Culture University

Abstract #24-How Different Combinations of Distant Courses and Face-to-face Courses in a Blended Learning Influences Students' Learning of Chinese Listening
Jing Guo-Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales
(INALCO) France

Abstract #25-Building an Innovative Online Language Teaching and Learning Program:  A Collaboration Between NTNU and UTA
Neal Liang-The University of Texas at Arlington

Panel 10:  Studies on Chinese Learners' Individual Differences

Abstract #26-Construction of a Chinese Language Learning Anxiety Scale:  Towards a Theoretical Model
Han Luo-Northwestern University

Abstract #27-An Investigation into the Relationship Among Intermediate L2 Chinese Learners' Foreign Language Anxiety, Foreign Language Listening Anxiety, and Listening Comprehension
Yu Li-The University of Iowa