Call for Special Issue Proposals

Chinese as a Second Language is inviting proposals for 2024 special issue from interested guest editors

Chinese as a Second Language (CSL), formerly Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association, established in 1966, publishes peer-reviewed original articles in English or Chinese that make a significant contribution to the research and practices of teaching and learning of Chinese as a second language.

With this call for proposals, we are looking for (a) guest editor(s), who will produce a special issue that addresses a theme of interest to our readership, to be published in 2024. CSL serves a wide audience who may be concerned with Chinese language acquisition and pedagogy, Chinese applied linguistics, language program administration, curriculum design, as well as teaching Chinese culture and literature in Chinese language classrooms. In line with the scope of the journal, we especially welcome themes that connect theories and research findings with practice and/or address underrepresented areas of scholarship that is significant to the interdisciplinary field of teaching/learning Chinese as a second language. The special issue is expected to have four to five original articles that offer new perspectives, and the proposed theme should refine or challenge existing practices of teaching/learning Chinese as a second language. The articles should adhere to regular CSL journal manuscript preparation standards and guidelines. (

            The special issue proposals should include:

  1. Rationale for the special issue topic, including a general description of the issue and its potential contribution to the field (maximum 700 words);
  2. A list of contributors and five original article abstracts (300–400 words each);
  3. Short CVs (3-page)/descriptions (maximum 300 words per editor) of qualifications of the guest editor – and in the case of multiple guest editors, qualifications of each of them––with particular emphasis on published research on relevant topics and editing experience;
  4. Overall issue should confirm to regular length of 100 pages;
  5. Proposals may be in English or Chinese and—per journal guidelines­­—the issue may contain manuscripts in Chinese, English, or both.

Proposals/inquiries should be sent to the editor (, Subject: CSL CFP) by September 30, 2023.  All proposals will be evaluated by the CSL editorial board.

Important dates:

  • September 30, 2023: Proposals due
  • November 15, 2023: Winning proposal to be announced.
  • May 31, 2024: Submission of first-draft manuscripts to the guest editor(s). Guest editor(s) arrange peer reviewers. (Manuscripts authored by the guest editor(s) themselves will be sent out for reviews by other field experts through coordination of the journal editorial board.)
  • Sept 30, 2024: All final manuscripts due.

The CLTA 60th Anniversary Celebration Special Lecture Series (#3)

This event will be held during the CLTA membership meeting on April 9 (Sat), 2022, 7:30-8:30 (EST).

Invited Speaker 特邀演讲嘉宾: Professor Perry Link 林培瑞教授

Topic: 继母语万岁: 对外教学转为引内教学

60th Anniversary Lecture Series 3

60th Anniversary Lecture Series 3

CLTA 60th Anniversary Lecture Series #2

CLTA 60th Anniversary Celebration Special Lecture Series (#2)
美國中文教師學會  六十週年大慶  專題講座 (二)
美国中文教师学会  六十周年大庆  专题讲座 (二)

讲题 : 汉语动词词尾 “了1” 的呼应界点
时间: February 11 (Fri), 2022, 8pm-9:30pm (EST)
地点: ZOOM, Virtual Lecture via Zoom (Registration required, Open and Free for CLTA members)
特邀演讲嘉宾: 孙朝奋教授 (Professor Chaofen Sun), 斯坦福大学

With our gratitude, we would like to THANK The Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) for sponsoring this CLTA 60th Anniversary Lecture #2 event.

2022 CLTA Annual Conference (Notice #3, posted date: 12/23/2021)

The 2022 CLTA annual conference, along with the 60th anniversary celebration of CLTA, will be held at the University of Notre Dame from April 7th to 10th, 2022. This annual meeting will be held primarily in person but will also offer the option of online participation. The conference registration site will open on 1/20/2022.

CLTA 60th Anniversary Lecture Series #1

讲题 : 追寻庐山真面目: 谷歌翻译、语言盲点与对外汉语教学

时间: October 22 (Fri), 2021, 8pm-9:30pm (EST)
地点: ZOOM, Virtual Lecture via Zoom (Registration required, Open and Free for CLTA members)
特邀演讲嘉宾: 张正生教授 (Professor Zheng-sheng Zhang)

CLTA Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence

(March 18, 2021)

CLTA Virtual Forum (#5)

全美中文教師學會網上論壇-第五講  (全美中文教师学会网上论坛-第五讲)

讲题: 中文教师职业发展与学术规划
Title: Career Advancement as CSL Professionals

主持人: 袁芳远
特邀讲者: 许怡, 郦帅, 张洁, 刁文豪, 萧旸
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (EST), March 6 (Saturday), 2021

The CLTA Virtual Forum #5 (Open and Free for CLTA Members, registration is required)

Steps to register:

  2. Login with your CLTA Member info.
  3. Fill out the Virtual Forum registration form (you can also find the Virtual Forum registration form under the News tab at the top of the CLTA website)

You will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link information immediately after your submission. Keep this email. You will need this information to enter the CLTA Virtual Forum event.

The event starts at 8:00 pm. Zoom will open at 7:45 pm. The Zoom meeting can only admit up to 300 people, first come first served.