On April 25th -26th, the Confucius Institute (CI) of San Francisco State University hosted the 2nd International Conference with the theme, “Chinese Language Research and Chinese Teaching: Today & Tomorrow”. CIAU faculty Emma Wang, Katie Wang, Elyn Song, and Tina Jiang traveled to this conference on teaching Chinese as a second language. One hundred forty people attended, including directors and teachers of Confucius Institutes from the United States, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean, as well as several language schools in the USA. The president of San Francisco State University and the director of the Confucius Institute of SF sent warm regards to all those present. The conference consisted of eight panels who researched the interests of the keynote speakers:
1- Latest theories and developments in Chinese linguistics research & TCSL/TCFL
2- Developments and trends in teaching Chinese culture
3- Research on Chinese language, culture, and thinking modes
4- Teaching Chinese grammar, vocabulary, and characters
5-Chinese films in culture education: theories and practices
6-Teacher education & professional training of qualified Chinese language teachers
Eighteen instructors, including directors of CI in the USA and professors from esteemed universities in China and Hong Kong, gave incisive presentations which stimulated an animated and lively discussion.