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26th  International Conference on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition

Szczyrk, Poland, 22-24 May 2014


Material culture in studying second/foreign language acquisition and learning




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Welcome to the official ICFSLA webpage. You will find here updated information on the Conference and the current announcements connected with it.


 The Institute of English at the University of Silesia is pleased to announce the 26th International Conference on Foreign and Second Language Acquisition (ICSFLA). As it was in the past, our conference this coming year will focus on a specific aspect of research in second language acquisition and foreign language learning. The main theme of the 26th ICSFLA is

Material culture in studying second/foreign language acquisition and learning

The theme of the 26th conference is fairly new as a research theme, however it has already gained quite a lot of scholarly recognition in the second language acquisition (SLA) and multilingual language acquisition (MLA) research field. Through choosing this theme we would like to contribute to this quickly developing field. What is material culture in SLA/MLA? What is the range of themes it covers? The old distinction between material and non-material culture denoting the difference between physical objects, resources and spaces that people describe as culture (referring to the former) and non-material culture expressing the nonverbal aspects such as beliefs, values and language among others (referring to the latter), tends to be disregarded in modern research. This fairly new approach to language research comes from not so new but theoretically well-grounded studies in sociology and ethnography (Aronin 2013). In the context of second language acquisition/learning, possible research areas of material culture issues (ibid.) can refer to the material culture of learning: artifacts (books, authentic materials, realia) used and a historical perspective on their use. The research on material culture in SLA can investigate the learning and teaching environment of the FL classroom versus L2 acquisition. Also the way material objects reflect identities, beliefs and attitudes can be the focus of scholarly studies on material culture. Material culture artifacts (objects, events) and language as their integral element can be explored with a view to establishing their relationship. An important aspect of today's language learning and teaching embraces internet and virtual materiality which mark a significant area of language research and belong, undeniably, to material culture aspects of language research. We would also welcome presentations of a more applied nature, on the didactic implications of material culture in foreign language classroom instruction.

As we did last year, we would like to continue giving our attention to all aspects of multilingualism. Researchers in the field of multilingual language acquisition and learning would therefore be welcome participants to the conference. We are planning a special section focusing solely on this fast-growing area of study.

As we do every year, if you do not feel comfortable with the main theme of the conference and would like to present your empirical research in different areas of SLA , we will also review these proposals with the view to accepting them for presentation during the conference, provided they are at the appropriate level of expertise and academic rigour.

A couple of years ago we introduced an additional event held during the conference, namely a Ph. D. workshop . The response to it has been overwhelmingly positive over the past two years, thus, the upcoming conference will also offer this opportunity for new Ph.D. candidates to present their research projects. The lead facilitators will be Prof. Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University) and Prof. Danuta Gabrys-Barker (University of Silesia), but also other scholars experienced in the supervision of doctoral projects in SLA. The workshop is open to all Ph. D. students in SLA/MLA and the prospective participants are asked to send a 500 word description of their Ph.D. thesis proposal for a 10-minute presentation and then feedback discussion of it with the facilitators and other workshop participants.

We are pleased to announce that the following scholars working in the field of material culture have expressed their willingness to present plenary talks at our conference:

Prof. Larissa Aronin (Oranim Academic College of Education, Tivon /Trinity College, Dublin)

Prof. Carla Chamberlin-Quinlisk (The Pennsylvania State University, Abington College)

Prof. Vivian Cook (University of Newcastle)

Prof. Hanna Komorowska (University of Social Sciences and Humanities/University of Warsaw)

Prof. Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University, Philadelphia)

Prof. David Singleton (Fellow Emeritus TCD, University of Pannonia, Hungary, PWSZ Konin, Poland)


The Organising Committee:

Danuta Gabrys-Barker

Adam Wojtaszek

Dagmara Galajda

The registration form is available here (Word 2003 format).

The Excel data file is available here (Excel 2003 format).

The ICFSLA Conferenceis organized by

the University of Silesia's

  Institute of English



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