First Circular


33rd International Conference
on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition
Szczyrk, 19-21st May 2022
University of Silesia

Modern technologies in foreign language teaching, learning and research
First Circular

Dear Colleague,
The Institute of Linguistics, School of English at the University of Silesia is pleased to announce the 33rd International Conference on Foreign and Second Language Acquisition
(ICFSLA). As it has been for over thirty years now, this conference focuses 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 decided to focus among other topics on the most recent research as well as the didactic experiences determined by the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19.


The leading theme and the programme focus

The main topic of the upcoming 2022 conference is: Modern technologies in foreign language teaching, learning and research. The presence of modern technologies is not a
new theme, as both didactic context as well as research ideas have been informed by it for decades now so we are also interested in some of these more traditional approaches and contributions. However, the main idea behind the conference theme comes from our more recent experiences of functioning in the largely different environment of online teaching, learning and research. Thus, we thought that perhaps our annual conference during the postpandemic time when life will be given back to us can become a forum for sharing the new ideas that have originated in this difficult period for us all. We would like to share these experiences and to demonstrate how we all managed to use modern technology to the best of the potential it offered but also to approach it critically understanding its dangers and inadequacies. We hope that this topic will attract a wide range of participants from different academic institutions around the world and that this shared reflection will enrich our perceptions of the way educational institutions function in their didactic and research roles now and in the future.

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 not the criterion for the acceptance of the proposed 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 questionand-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 and suggestions concerning possible places for publishing interesting and up to academic standard research.

Plenary Speakers

Currently, we are happy to announce that the following scholars will present the keynote talks at the 33rd ICFSLA conference:
• Prof. Regine Hampel (Open University, UK)
• Prof. Simone Pfenninger (University of Salzburg, Salzburg)
• Prof. Arkadiusz Rojczyk (University of Silesia, Katowice)
• Prof. Maria Pilar Safont (Univeristat Jaume I, Castello de la Plana)
• Prof. David Singleton (Professor Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin)


Place and dates

Despite the success of last year´s online edition of ICFSLA, we are hoping that the (post) pandemic situation will allow us to meet face-to-face. If this be the case, the location of the conference will be in Szczyrk, the resort town in the Beskidy Mountains of Southern Poland well-known to many of our participants. The conference dates are 19th to 21st May 2022 (with the usual option of an earlier arrival on Wednesday the 18th 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. 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 2022


Important dates

Abstracts for presentations should be sent before the 31st January 2022 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 2022.



The registration form, including your abstract, should be sent as an attachment to an 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 (ICFSLA_baza2022.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
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
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.

Conference Organising Committee

Danuta Gabryś-Barker
Adam Wojtaszek
Katarzyna Papaja