2023 BCLTS Annual Conference

Conference programme


Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in the New Normal

Cross-Disciplinary Theory and Practice


The 20th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education

* The 2023 Annual International Conference

of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society

* The 6th Conference on Chinese Teaching in Scotland


29th June-1st July 2023


Organised by the British Chinese Language Teaching Society

Hosted and Co-organised by

Confucius Institute for Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, UK


We invite submission of abstracts for conference oral presentation (25 minutes), workshops and/or panel discussions (60-minutes) and posters (see examples here). Every abstract submitted will be peer reviewed and a selection of papers will be published in the Conference Proceeding. The working languages for this conference are English and Chinese.


The theme for this conference is cross-disciplinary theory and practice and we particularly welcome submissions in the following areas:

  1. Teaching Chinese in a multilingual, multicultural context
  2. Applied linguistics and science of language learning
  3. Design and development of teaching and learning materials
  4. Technology-enhanced language learning
  5. Standards and benchmarks for assessing Chinese learning
  6. Second language acquisition
  7. Corpus linguistics
  8. National language policies
  9. Teacher education and development
  10. Translation and literature
  11. Teaching Chinese for specific purposes

Keynote speakers

1. Thomas BAK, the University of Edinburgh, UK

    Learning Chinese in the 21st Century: a Cognitive Neuroscientist’s Perspective


2. Professor LIU Shijuan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Future of Chinese language teacher in the SMART Technology Era


3. LU Yang, University of Nottingham, UK

    Looking Forward: Formative Assessment and Its Importance to Learning and Teaching of L2 Chinese


4. Professor WANG Lijun, Beijing Normal University, China


    Teaching Strategies of Chinese Characters to Foreigners Based on the Character Attribute Database

5. Professor George Xinsheng ZHANG, Richmond American University London, UK

    The Chinese Proficiency Grading Standard for International Chinese Education and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in the UK


Important dates

  • 1st April 2023: Deadline for abstract submission
  • 30th April 2023: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • 5th May 2023: Early-bird registration closes
  • 1st June 2023: Conference registration closes
  • 29th June – 1st July 2023: Conference
  • 30th September 2023: Conference full paper submission closes
  • May 2024: Planned Conference proceedings completion

Abstract submission

You can submit your abstract online via this link or scan the QR Code here.  

Please make sure to include the following information.

  • Full name and affiliation of the author(s)
  • An abstract of approximately 260 words in English, or 400 characters in Chinese
  • The corresponding author’s email address


Conference fees

Please note:

  • Fees include refreshments for on-site participants
  • All welcome for an optional Conference dinner (£35)
  • Graduate students to supply student card identification at registration

For any further inquiries, please email Dr XU Shejiao (W.Xu1@westminster.ac.uk). If you wish to submit a full paper, please also email this to Dr XU. Visit the following websites (BCLTS) for the most up-to-date conference information.

2023 BCLTS Annual Conference Organising Committee