Child Foreign Language Learning: Between Theory and Practice

Country: Poland

City: Kraków

Abstr. due: 18.01.2016

Dates: 29.04.16 — 30.04.16

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Pedagogy;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Kraków University


The conference is intended for all persons interested in the teaching and learning of foreign languages at an early age, both pre-primary and lower primary (up to around 11 years of age).
We welcome theoretical papers, practical presentations and workshops from researchers and practitioners, linguists, pedagogues and teachers.
​The workshop sessions will take place on the 3rd day of the conference (30 April, 2016).

Potential topics for conference presentations  and workshops include, but are not limited to:

Early-learning foreign vs. second language acquisition: similarities and differences
The competencies of the (very) young learner (metalinguistic awareness, phonological awareness, linguistic creativity etc.)
Ways of implementing European policy in reference to early language learning
Psycho-pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning foreign languages for young and very young learners
Teaching language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and language subsystems (e.g. vocabulary, pronunciation)
Developing intercultural competence
Evaluation of materials, course-books and syllabuses
The use of new technologies (apps, internet resources, interactive whiteboards, etc.)
Educational discourse
Teaching foreign languages to children with special educational needs
Social contexts of early FLL (parental involvement, teacher/school support etc.)
Diagnosis of school readiness for a foreign language
Young learner teacher evaluation

Each presentation will be allocated 30 minutes (ca. 20 minutes of presentation + 10 minutes for discussion), and each workshop will be allocated 45-60 minutes. The languages of the conference are English and Polish.

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