Following the successful conference organised in 2016, we would like to cordially invite you to the second edition. This time the scope of the conference will be extended to all children learning additional languages, both foreign, second and other. Acquiring foreign/second languages in childhood is becoming a widespread phenomenon. This may be the result of recommendations in language policies, the strive for social advancement, or migration.
Despite starting early, not all children master second languages to the same extent. Different learning contexts result in variability in learning outcomes and learning routes. Therefore in this conference we would like to take a closer look at factors that account for variability in children’s foreign and second language achievements. Different language learning experiences and abilities of children in one class also cause a challenge for teachers who have to cope with the problem of heterogeneity.
Additionally, our conference is also to serve as a response to recent educational reform in Poland (2017), which has prolonged the length of primary school from 6 to 8 grades (i.e. from age 7 to14/15). Such a long period within one institution may enable longitudinal research on young learners.
The goal of the conference is twofold:
Firstly, we would like to scrutinize the vagaries of early language learning with a view to identifying factors that impact final attainment of early starters in a foreign language. Secondly, we would like to find ways of dealing with classes of students with varied learning experiences, varied learning abilities and educational needs.
The conference is intended for all those interested in the teaching and learning of foreign languages at an early age, both pre-primary and primary (up to around 14 years of age). We welcome theoretical papers, practical presentations and workshops from researchers and practitioners, linguists, and teacher educators.
Potential topics for conference presentations and workshops include, but are not limited to:
Early-learning foreign vs. second language acquisition: similarities and differences
Long-term results of early language contacts
Factors affecting final outcomes in FLL:
o Cognitive (working memory capacity, learning strategies etc.)
o affective (motivation, self-concept, self-esteem, emotions etc.)
o social factors (language policy, family background, socio-economic status)
Pedagogical innovations in TEYL (CLIL, Story-based approach, ICT etc.)
Teaching students with special educational needs (dyslexia, dysgraphia, gifted children etc.)
Migrant (EALs, ELLS) children (L2/L3 etc. maintenance and attrition, identity preservation, adaptation to school, etc.)
Crosslinguistic transfer ( L1/L2, L2/L3); translanguaging
Developing intercultural competence in learners and teachers
Adaptation difficulties at transitions between educational stages (pre-primary/primary, lower/upper – primary)
Literacy development in L2/L3
Assessment and evaluation
Young learner teacher education and competencies
The conference fee is 400 (PLN) for Polish participants or 120 euros for foreign participants. The price includes the cost of materials, three lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner.
The conference fee does not include travel and accommodation costs, which have to be met by the participants themselves.
Registration for abstract submission opens: 2 January, 2019.
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 March, 2019
Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 April, 2019
Early-bird registration and payment: 30 May, 2019
Deadline for registration and payment: 30 June, 2019
If a person resigns from the conference before 30 July, 50% of the fee can be returned. After that date no compensations can be made.