Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education, Biała Podlaska in cooperation with Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
are happy to announce

1st International Conference

Literacy skills in educational environments:
changing theories and practices

which is going to take place from 22th to 23th October 2018 in Biala Podlaska

under the patronage of
Rector of Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education
prof. Józef Bergier


Call for Papers


The conference aspires to provide a forum for sharing both theoretical and empirical findings in research into the development of literacy skills as well as pedagogic practices related to their implementation at different stages in both monolingual and multilingual settings, with a focus on second/foreign language instruction. Our main aim is to bring together scholars and researchers interested in the exploration and analysis of the issues of teaching/learning reading and writing from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including second language acquisition, linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, educational psychology, pedagogy, or foreign language didactics, to name but a few.


On behalf of Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska:
The Department of Neophilology and the Department of Pedagogy at the Department of Humanities and Social Science

On behalf of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University:
The English Language Acquisition and Teaching Department at the Department of English as well as the Division of Applied Linguistics at the Institute of German Studies and Applied Linguistics

The Scientific Committee

Prof. Halina Chodkiewicz – Chair
Prof. Jolanta Szpyra-Kozłowska
Prof. Maryia Zhyhalava
Prof. Adam Głaz
Prof. Henryk Kardela
Prof. Jarosław Krajka
Prof. Roman Lewicki
Prof. Przemysław Łozowski
Prof. Marian Nowak

The Organizing Committee

Dr Izabela Dąbrowska − Chair
Dr Yuliya Khadyniuk
Dr Małgorzata Krzemińska-Adamek
Dr Karolina Kotorowicz-Jasińska
Dr Krzysztof Kotuła
Mgr Anna Kiszczak
Mgr Marta Popławska
Mgr Anetta Roszkowska
Mgr Barbara Struk


Plenary speakers

The following scholars have kindly agreed to deliver plenary talks during the conference:

  • Prof. Catherine Wallace (University of London)
  • Prof. Emilia di Martino (Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples)
  • Dr Linda Saunders (St. Mary’s University, Twickenham London)
  • Prof. Elżbieta Awramiuk (University of Bialystok)
  • Prof. Grażyna Krasowicz-Kupis (Maria-Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin)
  • Dr Marcin Smolik (Polish Examination Board, Warsaw)


Submission of proposals

We welcome contributions related to the theme of the conference in the form of position, research and work-in-progress papers as well as posters. Each presentation will last 20 minutes , with 10 minutes allowed for discussion. The languages of the conference are: English (the main language), Polish and Russian. Preference will be given to proposals that are related to one of the areas listed below.

  • Teaching and learning literacy skills in today’s educational settings: monolingual, bilingual and multilingual
  • Traditional vs. new approaches to literacy education (e.g. New Literacy, critical literacy, multimodal literacy, digital literacy, internet literacy, etc.)
  • Explaining and modeling L1/L2 reading and writing processes: implications for teaching
  • Linguistic foundations of literacy skills development (the role of phonology, grammar, vocabulary, discourse)
  • An interdependence of reading and writing skills in the acquisition process and in instructional practice
  • The role of reading in language mediation (translating, summarizing, paraphrasing)
  • Learning to read – focus on early reading skills and reading curricula in teaching lower primary learners
  • Reading and writing with adolescents and adults; contribution of literacy skills to academic and professional development
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) – reading and writing to learn at primary, secondary and tertiary levels
  • Exploiting literary and cultural texts in expanding literacy skills
  • Literacy-oriented techniques in L1 and L2 classrooms: learner participation, strategy training and types of assessment
  • Print vs. on-line instructional reading materials – designing and implementing
  • Educational potential of extensive reading and reading for pleasure
  • Motivation, interest, engagement, and attitudes in improving literacy skills
  • Linguistic identities of monolingual vs. bilingual and multilingual readers and writers
  • Difficulties in developing reading and writing skills (dyslexia, disgraphy, disorthography)

Abstracts (up to 250 words) should be sent as .doc, .docx or .pdf files to literacyconference2018@gmail.com by 15th September. Please save the file under the following name: proposal_yoursurname_yourname. In the case of co-authored papers use the following format: proposal_surname1&surname2. The proposals will be peer-reviewed and the notification of acceptance will be sent by 25th September 2018.

The papers presented at the conference will be published in two refereed journals (Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literature and Rozprawy Społeczne) assigned 8 points by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) on December 2016. We also plan to publish a volume based on conference papers.


Registration and conference fee

You are kindly requested to fill in the registration form and send it to our e-mail address literacyconference2018@gmail.com

You should register by 25th September 2018.

The conference fee is 400 PLN (or 100 euros) for regular participants and 300 PLN (or 75 euros) for PhD and M.A. students. The fee must be paid by 30th September 2018. It covers organization costs, conference materials, meals, conference dinner and coffee breaks.

Please make your payment to one of the following accounts:

Account number for PLN:  11 1500 1331 1213 3004 3528 0000

Title of payment: Literacy 2018, your name

Account number for EUR: (IBAN) PL11 1500 1331 1213 3004 3528 0000


Title of payment: Literacyconference2018, your name

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