ISCAL 2012


The Third International Symposium on Chinese Applied Linguistics (ISCAL) - April 27-28

Location and Sponsors

The Third International Symposium on Chinese Applied Linguistics was held April 27 and 28, 2012 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union and 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 Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.




Selected Proposals for 2012 ISCAL

Panelists and Abstracts:

Panel 1: Studies on Chinese Vocabulary Learning and Processing

Abstract #1: The Acquisition of Modifier-head Compound Words in Chinese by CSL Learners
Jiang Xin
Beijing Language and Culture University

Abstract #2: Effects of Contextual Information and Cultural Familiarity on Chinese Colloquial Idioms Comprehension among Intermediate Chinese Learners of American and Korean
Yu Li
The University of Iowa

Panel 2: Studies on Chinese Writing Process, Skills Development, and HSK Characters

Abstract #3: Using Wiki to Develop L2 Chinese Composition Writing Skills
Jianling Liao
CIEE Study Center in Shanghai

Abstract #4: CFL Learners’ View on Chinese Language and Their Writing Process:
A Case Study of Three Advanced-level CFL Learners

Hana Kang
Michigan Technological University

Panel 3: Studies on Chinese Pragmatic Strategies, Development and Instruction

Abstract #5: Greeting Strategies: L2 Learners of Chinese at Different Proficiency Levels
Ying Wu
Purdue University

Abstract #6: Pragmatic Development in Request Performance by English-speaking Learners of Chinese
Xiaohong Wen
University of Houston

Abstract #7: Learning to Express Gratitude in Chinese through Online Instruction
Li Yang
The University of Iowa

Panel 4: Studies on Chinese Discourse Teaching, Discourse Perspective on ALP, and Pedagogy

Abstract #8: Teaching Discourse and Orthography to Beginners of Chinese as A Foreign Language (CFL): A Case Study at The University of Hong Kong
Claudia Wong & Sue Meng
The University of Hong Kong

Abstract #9: A Discourse Perspective on Advanced Spoken Language Proficiency
Hongyin Tao
University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract #10: Second Language Teaching: A Game between Form and Meaning (1)
Pedagogy and Learners’ Perspective

Wu Yongyi
East China Normal University

Panel 5: Studies on Chinese Listening, Relations between Listening to Reading, and Character Meaning Inference

Abstract #11: The Relationship between Listening and Reading of Chinese Language Learners with Different Native Languages
Wenquing Yu
Beijing Language and Culture University

Abstract #12: Character Meaning Inference in Sentence Reading among CFL Learners
Chan Lü & Farah Kerawala
Loyola Marymount University

Panel 6: Studies on Interactions and Output

Abstract #13: Effects of Proficiency Differences and Patterns of Paired Interaction: In-class Pair Work between Chinese Heritage Learners and Foreign Language Learners
Yi-Tzu Huang The University of Iowa

Abstract #14: Effects of Dictogloss on L2 Chinese Output in Quantity and Quality
Fangyuan Yuan
United States Naval Academy

Panel 7: Studies on Chinese Separable Words, Classifiers, and Word Confusion

Abstract #15: The Relations between NNSs and NSs’ Cognitive Manifestations of Prototypes in the Linguistic Categorization Revealed in Chinese Classifiers
Neal Szu-Yen Liang
The University of Texas at Arlington

Abstract #16: A Contrastive Study on Distribution Features of Word Confusion among CSL Learners from Different L1s
Zhang Bo
Beijing Language and Culture University

Panel 8: Studies on Chinese Speaking Assessment, Directional Complement, and Teacher Training

Abstract #17: A Study on Task-based Chinese Speaking Assessment
Zhai Yan
Beijing Language and Culture University

Abstract #18: Initial Research on Formation of Knowledge and Abilities of International Chinese L2 Teachers
Zhu Ruiping
Beijing Normal University


Call for Proposals

The Third International Symposium on Chinese Applied Linguistics will be held at The University of Iowa on April 27-28, 2012.

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. A peer refereed volume will be published out of presentations of the symposium in honor of Dr. Michael Everson on the occasion of his retirement from The University of Iowa, thus recognizing his significant contributions to theory and research in Chinese SLA (second language acquisition), L2 Chinese pedagogy, and field building.

Proposals of theory-based and original studies on topics of Chinese Applied Linguistics, Chinese SLA, and L2 Chinese pedagogy are invited.

Abstract requirements

Papers are presented within a twenty-minute period. All abstracts will be blind and peer reviewed. Submissions include two separate files: 1) the abstract and 2) author information.


Abstracts should include the following components: title of paper, significance of the study, theoretical framework/background, research procedure, major findings, and references. Abstracts can be written in Chinese (1,000 characters) or English (500 words). Please do not include author’s information in the abstract. Please use xxx to replace name(s) of institution(s) where data are collected.

Author information

Author information includes: title of the paper, name of the author(s), email address(es), phone numbers, and affiliation(s).

Submission deadline

December 1, 2011 by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time. Please submit both files (abstract and author information) electronically to

Notification of abstract acceptance: January 16, 2012

Accommodations for all presenters

Round-trip airfare (up to $500 for US and Canada flights and up to $1,200 for international), hotel accommodations (double room), round-trip ground transportation between the Cedar Rapids airport (CID) and Iowa City, and shared meals.