First Circular

34th International Conference
on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition
Szczyrk, 18-20th May 2023
University of Silesia

Psychological perspectives on
second / foreign language learning and teaching

Dear Colleague,
The Institute of Linguistics, School of English at the University of Silesia is pleased to announce the 34th International Conference on Foreign and Second Language Acquisition (ICFSLA). As it has been doing for over thirty years now, this conference will focus on research in second language acquisition and foreign language learning, relating to different aspects of both the teaching and learning of second/foreign languages. This time we have decided to concentrate, among other topics, on the psychological dimensions of foreign language acquisition, learning and teaching.

 

The leading theme and programme focus
The main topic of the upcoming 2023 conference is: Psychological perspectives on second/foreign language learning and teaching. Studying second language acquisition and learning and the implications it offers for language instruction have been evolving from researching more language-oriented themes within applied linguistics, such as for example language errors and transfer, the development of lexical or morphosyntactic competences of a learner/speaker to psycholinguistic perspectives in observing individual variability due to individual learner differences, among many other psychological factors significant for language learning processes to be successfully carried out. More recently, research on psychological dimensions has evolved around the issues of FL learner and teacher affectivity which goes well-beyond traditional studies of motivation or language anxiety, although they still seem to draw researchers’ attention. Constructs such as well-being and its constituent factors have come to the fore with many acknowledged scholars in SLA. We are hoping that multidisciplinarity and its inevitably complex perspective on SLA as applied to psychological dimensions in learning and teaching foreign languages will bring to the conference fruitful discussions leading to a new understanding, new ideas and inspiration for further research.

Traditionally, in addition to the leading theme, we also accept selected proposals in other areas of SLA research of interest to our conference participants for our varia sessions, as well as those presentations that relate to multilingualism research. In other words, please do not hesitate to consider submitting your proposal even if it does not fit the main theme of the conference. The choice of the topic to be presented - as long as it relates to SLA in some way - is no obstacle to its acceptance as a presentation. If, after the initial registration with the conference, prospective participants demonstrate interest, we will continue with an academic publishers´ session for less experienced scholars, where they can get updated information on selected journals directly from their editors and can also receive advice and guidance on how to prepare their articles to meet the demands of an academic journal and to be accepted for publication. As usual, the session is run in a question-and-answer format, where editors answer the questions of participants in relation not only to their own journals but also in the more general context of academic publications. The event not only allows its participants to make use of the editors´ expertise, but also promotes information exchange and suggestions concerning possible places for publishing interesting and high academic standard research.


Plenary Speakers
Currently, we are happy to announce that the following scholars will present the keynote talks at the
34th ICFSLA conference:
• Jean Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck College, London)
• Tammy Gregersen (American University of Sharjah)
• Peter MacIntyre (Cape Breton University)
• Sarah Mercer (University of Graz)
• Joanna Nijakowska ( University of Warsaw)
• Ema Ushioda (Warwick University)

Place and dates
The location of the conference is in Szczyrk, the resort town in the Beskidy Mountains of Southern Poland, well-known to many of our participants. The conference dates are 18th to 20th May 2023 (with the usual - and recommended - option of an earlier arrival on Wednesday the 17th May). The conference venue will be our favourite Hotel META. All conference participants can be accommodated there, but if for any reason you prefer to choose different accommodation, you may do this. If you do not require any accommodation, please indicate this on your registration form. Details concerning the conference fee will be announced in the Second Circular in February 2023.
Important dates Abstracts for presentations should be sent before the 31st January 2023 to our e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will be notified about acceptance by 20th February 2023.

Registration
The registration form, including your abstract, should be sent as an attachment to your e-mail. Additionally, to facilitate the procedure of building the conference database, all participants are kindly asked to type their entry details into an Excel document (baza2023.xls), filling in all the columns in the second row below the blue headings, and send it back as a separate attachment, changing its name to SurnameName.xls (in Excel 2003 or later format). Both documents necessary for registration can be downloaded from our webpage at www.icfsla.us.edu.pl Not just those wishing to contribute papers but also those wanting to attend the plenary talks, presentations and editorial session are warmly invited to participate in the conference.

Contact details
For conference-related matters, please contact the Conference Organisers, at the following address:

Institute of Linguistics, University of Silesia
ul. Grota-Roweckiego 5
41-205 Sosnowiec
POLAND
tel: (48 32) 3640892
fax: (48 32) 3640809
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www: www.icfsla.us.edu.pl


Conference Organising Committee
Danuta Gabryś-Barker
Adam Wojtaszek
Katarzyna Papaja