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Full Title: 27th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics

Short Title: NACCL-27
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Start Date: 03-Apr-2015 - 05-Apr-2015
Contact: Hongyin Tao
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Meeting Description: The 27th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-27) will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, April 3-5, 2015.

The theme of the conference will be Integrating Chinese Linguistic Research with Language Teaching. Linguistic research and language teaching have generally been viewed as two separate types of academic endeavors, each with its own priorities and practices. While linguists have been preoccupied with uncovering patterns of language and building theories of language structure, rarely are they concerned with issues in language pedagogy. Language teaching practitioners, on the other hand, often encounter teaching and learning issues that are not readily addressed by theoretical linguistic research and find themselves in need of enriching their knowledge about the language for a better-informed pedagogy. We believe that it is time now that the integration of the two strands of academic endeavors be prioritized, for a number of reasons: a) truly insightful linguistic findings should find their value in applications such as language teaching, b) it takes tremendous effort and time to translate research into practical language teaching, c) language teaching can raise fundamental questions for linguistic research, and finally, d) the proliferation of Chinese language learning and teaching at the global level demands increased linguistic effort and synergy for a deeper understanding of the language and better pedagogies for language teaching.

A pre-conference workshop for language teachers is being planned. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 25.2917

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