All participants are invited to submit their paper proposals with abstracts of max 200 words on the following topics:
- Teaching Mandarin in Baltic countries: history and current situation by countries and institutions;
- Teaching methods and materials;
- Classroom training and mastering language skills in real practice: how to intensify links between the two; issues of practice bases, skilful instructors and tutors;
- Cooperation of Baltic institutions in Mandarin training between themselves and with Mandarin training centres in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China etc. – current situation and ways for improvement;
- Issues of teaching Chinese writing: traditional and/or simplified characters; Romanization systems and their applicability for learners of different linguistic backgrounds;
- Computerization of Mandarin training: newest trends and online resources;
- Testing and assessing the learners knowledge and skills;
- Linking the language training with cultural studies.
However, the topics need not be limited to the above-mentioned list, everybody is encouraged to add topics and send proposals for discussion.
The length of the presentation should be a maximum of 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and comments. Participants are encouraged to use a PowerPoint presentation (or similar).