The British Chinese Language Teaching Society




Human Rights Watch Film Festival


Focus on Asia

Human Rights Watch Film Festival | London | 6 – 17th March 2017


Exploitation of workers, the fight for democracy and the legacies of war are put under the lens as the Human Rights Watch Film Festival provides a pick of human rights stories from across Asia.


View the film festival lineup



+ Q&A


Friday 10 March,18.30, Picturehouse Central

Saturday 11 March, 16.00, Barbican


Rallying thousands of students to skip school and occupy the streets of Hong Kong to fight for democracy, teenager Joshua Wong becomes a notorious dissident, using social media to orchestrate a teenager-led stand-off with the Chinese government.

Watch trailer + find out more



COMPLICIT + panel discussion


Saturday 11 March, 17.30, Picturehouse Central

Monday 13 March, 18.15, Barbican


Shot below the radar over three years in China, Complicit follows critically poisoned factory workers as they fight Chinese iPhone manufacturers Foxconn for acknowledgement, justice and health care - making an enemy of the Chinese government in the process.

Watch trailer + find out more





Wednesday 15 March, 18.15, Barbican

Thursday 16 March, 18.30, Picturehouse Central


The Apology follows three octogenarians, often referred to as ‘comfort women’, from S. Korea, China and the Philippines, as they continue to demand accountability for their sexual exploitation by the Japanese army during World War II.

Watch trailer + find out more



The 2017 Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Symposium, held in Vancouver on April 30th, 2017 provides a platform for Chinese teaching educators to share their teaching pedagogies and research findings. The abstract submission deadline is extended to Friday February 17th since the 13th is the BC Family Day. Please see the call for papers and the registration form in the attachments and forward the email to those who might be interested. We wish to see you in a beautiful season in beautiful Vancouver soon (not when it is snowing J)



Call for Papers



Canadian TCSL Association


in conjunction with the Greater Vancouver K-12 Chinese Teacher Association


invites submission of abstracts for:



The 13th Canadian TCSL Symposium & 2017 AGM



April 30th, 2017


Confucius Institute at BCIT, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC



Conference Theme


New Vision and New Inspiration for TCSL





Abstracts on the symposium are invited for 20-minute presentations (+5 minutes Q & A).


In accordance with the conference theme, the submissions are encouraged to focus on the following fields:


Changes and challenges in Chinese courses and course offerings

New trends, new ideas and new courses

Technology-enhanced Chinese language learning

Student Assessment


Abstract Submission Guidelines:


Abstracts must be submitted to as an attachment with the subject “2017 TCSL Abstract”. For each abstract, please submit two copies. Please ensure that both the title and your name/affiliation are included in the first copy and the title only (without your name/affiliation) in the second copy. Submissions may not exceed 350 words (or about 600 Chinese characters) excluding references.



The complete papers are not to be submitted. After the conference, written papers can be submitted for publication in the association journal. There will be a separate review and selection of papers prior to publication.



Pre-symposium Workshop:


Sign up for a pre-symposium workshop on free innovative technology tools led by experienced TCSL professionals. Workshop will be held at the beautiful Crofton House School on the afternoon of April 29th. Participants will bring their own laptops to download and try out a few learning and teaching tools. The address of Crofton House School is 3200 41st Avenue West, Vancouver. There is an extra charge for participants in the workshop. Parking is free.


Important Dates:


Abstract Submission Deadline: February 17th, 2017


Notification of Abstract Acceptance: March 13th, 2017



Additional Notes:


All fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on April 30th, and tea/coffee during the break time.

Those who would like to have a presentation MUST register before March 29th to ensure a spot on the symposium schedule.

It is strongly recommended that all participants join or renew their memberships along with registration since membership dues plus the cost of registration provides a better value than the nonmember rate.

Take advantage of a discounted rate to participate in the workshops and symposium by making all your payments together for $80 before March 29th. Separate payments will be more.


For further information, please visit the conference website:



Early-bird registration procedure:


1. Complete the attached registration form;


2. Write a cheque in accordance to your status and make it payable to:


Canadian TCSL Association


3. Send your completed form and cheque to:


Canadian TCSL Association


163-2498 West 41st Avenue,


Vancouver, BC, V6M 2A7, Canada


4.An official receipt will be provided on April 30th when you come in for the AGM/seminar.


5.Send an e-copy of your completed registration form to so that we will expect your cheque in the mail.




Call for Papers: Innovative and Reliable Approaches to Language Assessment and Test Design in Higher Education

Conference Date: 23 June 2017

Location: Department of Modern Languages, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter




The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter is organising a one-day conference to bring together practitioners, researchers and experts working in the area of language assessment and test design in higher education. The aim is to share experiences and discuss the latest developments and innovations in this crucial field of language tuition. The conference forms part of the EU-funded project European University Tandem (EUniTa), which includes in its remit the design of assessment components.


We welcome presentations of case studies and projects as well as research-related papers on innovative approaches to the assessment of language and the design of reliable tests across the whole spectrum of Modern Languages taught at university, including English as a Foreign Language.


In particular, we invite contributions in the following areas:


- Placement test design


- Use of the CEFR in language assessment and test design


- Assessment of tandem learning


- E-assessment


- Use of C-Tests in assessing overall language competence


- Effective means of ensuring reliability and validity in test design


- Self-assessment and peer-assessment


- Innovative approaches to the assessment of oral and listening skills


- Assessment of project-based learning


- Assessment of intercultural communication


Abstracts are invited for a 20-minute presentation/workshop, followed by a 10-minute discussion. The abstract with title should be sent in a single-spaced word document of up to 300 words as an email attachment to the conference organisers Sonia Cunico ( and Christian Mossmann ( The email should include the name, contact details and institutional affiliation of the presenter(s).


For further information on the conference, please contact the organisers:

Professor Sonia Cunico, Director of Language Teaching:




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