Call for Papers (Deadline: October 30, 2015)

The Business Chinese Workshop is a triennial workshop organized to promote and advance Business Chinese education and research in higher education.  Every three years since 2003, the workshop has been sponsored by the Center for International Business Education (CIBE) and Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.  For 2016, the Chinese Language Program and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce that the fifth Business Chinese Workshop will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 29-30.

A new addition to 2016’s workshop will be a Penn faculty conducted teaching demonstration on topics including Beginning Business Chinese and Advanced Business Chinese to Business Communication courses for MBAs. Following the teaching demonstration, a panel of Penn Business Chinese students will discuss their experiences and open up for Q&A. The teaching demonstration and student panel will be held on Friday, April 29, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. All participating BC educators are welcome to join the event. 

Proposals for the presentations regarding the development, instruction and research of Business Chinese are welcome. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Materials development for BC courses
  • Innovation in BC instruction
  • Literacy in BC instruction 
  • Accuracy and Error Analysis
  • BC programs abroad
  • Assessment and evaluation of BC learning and teaching
  • Business textbook analysis
  • Business Discourse analysis
  • Business news and Case Studies
  • Comparative research on business culture/practice in China and the U.S.

An abstract of 400-500 words in English or Chinese, along with the proposer's full English and Chinese names and school affiliation, should be submitted via email no later than October 30, 2015 to the workshop address (EALC-BC-Workshop@groups.sas.upenn.edu). Acceptance decisions will be announced in mid-December 2015. Registration will start in January 2016 following a special announcement, and will remain open up to the date of the workshop. 

The Chinese Language Program and the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn will provide travel funds up to $500 for presenters traveling from Asia (limited to one person per institution).