11th Annual Conference of the NECLTA - Guest Speaker

Sunday, September 18, 2022



Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
The 11th Annual Conference of the NECLTA-International Conference on Learning and Teaching Chinese Language and Culture

Conference Theme: "Chinese Language Study: Strengthening Communication for a Shared Future"


Keynote Speaker 嘉宾简介:

Prof. Erwin Tschirner
University of Leipzig, Germany

"Pathway to Proficiency: Understanding and Supporting Language Development for Communication"

Research-based proficiency assessment provides a powerful framework for well-articulated sequences of courses supporting student language development in secondary and postsecondary language programs for both students and instructors. Both students and instructors need to be acquainted with the goals of proficiency-based learning and teaching; understand the relationship between the four macro-skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing as well as the roles lexical and grammatical competencies play in their development; understand what needs to happen and be done to make progress towards the next higher level of proficiency in various areas; and have realistic expectations to what proficiency levels may be achieved given particular time frames. In my presentation, I will focus on links between vocabulary size and receptive and productive levels of proficiency as well as links between hours of instruction and proficiency levels; the kinds of things students need to know about language proficiency to be able to engage in purposeful learning activities appropriate for their specific levels; the things instructors need to know to plan and manage their students’ learning; and the kinds of teaching interventions that may be most beneficial at various proficiency levels.

Erwin Tschirner (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley) is Gerhard-Helbig-Professor of German as a Foreign Language at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island. His main areas of research include language assessment theory and test development, the acquisition of speaking, listening and reading abilities, vocabulary acquisition, German syntax and morphology, and corpus linguistics. He has lectured and consulted widely in many parts of the world. He is editor of Aligning Frameworks of Reference in Language Testing: The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Stauffenburg 2012) and coauthor of A Frequency Dictionary of German: Core Vocabulary for Learners (Routledge 20192). He has published numerous articles, book chapters, books, and edited volumes in the field of foreign language teaching, learning, and assessment. He has been a tester and tester trainer for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview since 1989 and 1993, respectively, and was a contributing author to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.

Conference Committee, NECLTA