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International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching Special Issue on Chinese for Specific Purposes - Call for Papers

Teaching Languages

Guest Co-editors

Daoxiong Guan, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Clare Wright, University of Leeds, UK
Ying Peng, University of Leeds, UK

We invite submissions for original papers for a special issue for International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching (IJCLT) ( on the topic of Chinese for Specific Purposes, to appear in early 2022

Aims and Scope

Many degree courses and part-time language classes are increasingly focused on business or other specific purposes for Chinese, yet research remains scarce in this area. So it is timely to highlight existing best practices and identify future questions to help inform our current understanding and shape future research agendas. This special issue will focus on work linking Chinese language education (L1 and L2) with business and professional communication, translation training and academic research training, specialized curriculum design and development, and professional development of teachers and trainers. Papers can also address applications of language and culture with business, science, engineering, health and other professional or specific purposes. Other relevant areas may also include specialized language testing and evaluation, use of multimedia and technology, and implications for different modes of language communication, e.g. written vs. spoken Chinese. Work reflecting practical applications are welcome but all papers should include a clear research perspective to show how they will contribute to the field.

Submission Instructions

We accept submissions written in English or Chinese. English-version papers should be around 7-9,000 words and Chinese papers maximum 10,000 Chinese characters - both limits inclusive of notes and references. For formatting requirements, please see the journal’s style guide and recent publications at

Questions about this special issue and submission of abstracts and full manuscripts should be sent to the corresponding editor: Clare Wright,

Important dates

Abstracts due March 31, 2021
Initial notification April 15, 2021
Papers (if accepted) due September 1, 2021
Final revisions due November 1, 2021
Publication February, 2022