28th International Conference on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition

Country: Poland

City: Szczyrk

Abstr. due: 31.01.2016

Dates: 19.05.16 — 21.05.16

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Pedagogy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: szczyrkconference2016@gmail.com

Organizers: Uniwersytet Slaski w Katowicach

 

Following the May tradition established some thirty years ago, we are pleased to invite you to our Szczyrk conference, which is the 28th International Conference on Foreign and Second Language Acquisition (ICSFLA). The main theme of this event will be:
Life-long learning: the age factor in second/foreign language acquisition and learning
Discussion on the role of age in the context of second/foreign language learning has been going on for a long time now, both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective. A major part of age-related research focuses on the natural setting for L2 acquisition (bilingual children) or on the early start in foreign language learning (formal classroom instruction). Much less has been said about the late start, about in the third age of learners (50+). Although we welcome presentations on different age groups in FL learning, we would very much like to focus on older learners, following the idea of life-long education and third age universities as the major agents involved in late adult FL instruction, supported very strongly by European Union initiatives. The answer to the question, Am I too old to learn a new language? is categorically No.
Apart from the leading theme, we would also like to welcome those scholars who are working in the area of multilingualism andmultilingual language acquisition (MLA) and who research in this promising fairly new area of study. As it was in the past years, we are planning to have a special section on multilingualism. These presentations can embrace both theoretical and empirical studies of multilingual issues.

If your research interests lie beyond the main theme of the conference, and if you do not work in multilingualism, you can also submit a proposal in other areas of second language acquisition (SLA) and foreign language learning (FLL). The proposals for these presentations will also be reviewed by us and considered for acceptance as presentations at the conference.

Conference Web-Site: http://www.icfsla.us.edu.pl/