CLTA Annual Conference 2019

April 5-7, 2019

17620 International Boulevard SeattleWashington 98188


Workshop 1

Title: Standard-Aligned Language Teaching and Assessment: What does it look like? How do we do it?

Presenter: Chunman Gissing 洪春滿, IB Diploma Examiner, University of Hawaii and other Startalk Lead Instructor, Teacher Trainer

Workshop 2

Title: Robust vocabulary instruction in K-12 Chinese programs

Presenter: Chan Lü 吕婵, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Workshop 3

Title: Publish, Present, Propose or Professionally Perish: A Primer to the Universe of Publications, Conferences and Projects Beyond the Chinese-Specific World

Presenter: Scott McGinnis 马思凯, Defense Language Institute-Washington Office

Workshop 4

Title: Easy and Free Technologies to Promote Learning in and out of the Classroom

Presenter: Amber Navarre 黄馨怡, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Exhibitor Table Reservation

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Hotel and Travel


17620 International Boulevard SeattleWashington 98188


Minutes from Seattle Sea-Tac Airport



  • Free airport shuttle (available 24 hours)
  • Free shopping center shuttle
  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • 24 hour state-of-the-art workout facility
  • Outdoor pools


  • Acme Bowl – 3.4 mi / 5.4 km
  • Great American Casino – 3.8 mi / 6.2 km
  • Family Fun Center – 3.9 mi / 6.3 km
  • The Boeing Company – 4.7 mi / 7.6 km
  • Des Moines Marina – 4.9 mi / 7.8 km
  • Highline Community College – 6 mi / 9.7 km
  • Kent Valley Ice Center – 6.9 mi / 11.1 km
  • Kubota Garden – 7.5 mi / 12 km
  • ShoWare Center – 7.6 mi / 12.2 km
  • Kent Station – 7.6 mi / 12.2 km
Conference Committee

The 2019 CLTA Annual Conference Organizing Committee

Conference Chair:
Professor Yuan, Fangyuan (U.S. Naval Academy)

Program Chair:
Professor Wang, Zhijun (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Professor Bi, Nyan-Ping (University of Washington)
Professor He, Baozhang (College of the Holy Cross)
Professor Yin, John Jing-hua (University of Vermont)

Call for Proposals

Proposal Submissions are now closed.

CFP Chinese (pdf)

The 2019 Annual Conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA

The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA (CLTA) is now calling for proposals for its 2019 annual conference to be held at Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center on April 5-7, 2019. The objective of the annual conference has been to provide a forum for Chinese teachers, scholars and school administrators to exchange ideas and report the latest results in their teaching and research in the areas of Chinese language acquisition, pedagogy, grammar, or new instructional technology. In addition, the 4th Regional Association Conference will be held during the 2019 CLTA Annual Conference and representatives of the Regional Associations will report their best practices and their Professional Development Projects with support from CLTA. We encourage Chinese teachers and researchers all over the world (including non-members of CLTA) to submit a proposal to share their teaching experiences and research results.

Proposal Submission and Deadline

Proposals, written in either English or Chinese, are acceptable, and the language used must be the same language used at the conference presentation. Please submit your proposal at before October 15, 2018. One person must submit only one proposal. The other proposals by the same person will not be considered. All proposals will be reviewed anonymously by invited reviewers. Acceptance of proposals will be notified through email by November 29, 2018.

Three types of proposals are accepted. You must indicate at the top of the page which category your proposal is.

  1. Individual Papers. This category is for proposals to present research results of empirical studies for a twenty-minute presentation (including Q&A). The proposal must include a. name(s) of the presenter(s), contact information, and professional affiliation(s); b. the title and abstract should not exceed 300 English words or 450 Chinese characters; c. a summary with no more than 60 English words, or 90 Chinese characters, to be used in the program.
  2. Panels. This category is for proposals to have an hour-long panel with three, or four, papers on a common theme. The papers can be related to empirical studies, or to explore issues between theory and practice, or both. Each panel must have a representative submitting a proposal, which should include a. names of the panelists, contact information, and professional affiliations; b. the main theme of the panel; c. individual topics and abstracts for each paper altogether should not exceed 500 English words. or 750 Chinese characters; d. a summary with no more than 100 English words, or 150 Chinese characters, to be used in the conference program.
  3. Technique Demonstrations. This category is for proposals to present a demonstration to share with colleagues the most interesting and effective teaching activities in eight minutes. The demonstration should focus on a language skill, a linguistic construction/lexical item, or a clearly articulated learning objective. The proposal should include A) name of the presenter, contact information, and affiliation; B) the name of the demonstrated activity; C) a brief introduction, in no more than 100 English words, or 150 Chinese characters, with the needed proficiency level of the intended students for whom the activity is intended, the specific linguistic construction for which the activity is intended, or the type of skill that the activity is all about.

In addition, the CLTA Conference Committee and other CLTA subcommittees will organize the following events:

  1. Professional Development Workshops. This 1-hour long professional workshop aims to enhance participants’ professional knowledge/skills in acquisition theories, research methods, material developments/analyses, teaching technique or job interview. Fees will be charged to the participants.
  2. Roundtable Forum. 6-8 speakers and a mediator will be invited to form a panel and discuss their different views on a topic. The time duration is two hours (using two consecutive time periods for a panel). Each speaker can make a brief presentation on his/her view for 5-8 minutes. The rest of the time will be used to interact with audience.

Conference and Contact Information

Conference website:

All inquiries about the annual meeting should be sent to:

Award Categories

1) The Tao-chung Ted Yao Memorial Award

2) The ChinaSprout Presentation Award

3) The Cheng & Tsui SIG Awards

Award Eligibility Considerations Aside from specific eligibility rules set for each individual award, the following general rules of consideration apply to all award categories listed in this guideline:

1) Each year one applicant can only apply for one award;

2) Previous awardees should not be considered for the same awards;

3) Please indicate at the beginning of the abstract which award you would like to apply.

For detailed information on the qualifications/nomination, procedures and deadline, please check at