31st International Conference on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition

Szczyrk, Poland 16th – 18th May 2019


From code switching to translanguaging


 First Circular





Dear Colleague,


The Institute of English at the University of Silesia is pleased to announce the 31st International Conference on Foreign and Second Language Acquisition (ICFSLA). Traditionally, this conference focuses on research in second language acquisition and foreign language learning, concentrating as it does each year on different aspects of the research in this field.



The leading theme and the programme


The main topic of the 2019 conference is: From code-switching to translanguaging. The term code-switching often used interchangeably with code-mixing and code alteration (though not exactly synonymously), has long been researched in SLA studies (for example Gumperz 1971, Myers-Scotton 1983,1987, Li 1988, Milroy & Muysken 1995, Muysken 2000). It caught the interest of both researchers in natural bilingualism and in classroom settings. The phenomenon has been discussed from various linguistic and non-linguistic perspectives, in which code-switching performs a variety of functions ranging from being a communication strategy to social exclusion (or inclusion). With the fast-growing interest and research in multilingualism and the increased mobility of people resulting in the creation of multilingual societies, code-switching has gained a new dimension as translanguaging. This change results from taking a different perspective on mixing languages in one´s performance and communication acts, where translanguaging is not longer seen (as it often was) as an unwanted phenomenon, but rather as a didactic and communication tool used consciously and purposefully. In other words, it is frequently seen by its proponents as a pedagogic strategy (Wiley & Garcia 2017, Cenoz 2017, Blackledge, Creese & Hu 2016). This view is however regarded as controversial by some scholars. Thus, we would like to create a forum of discussion for the above issues, welcoming both proponents and critics of such an approach.


The proposed discussion offers a wide range of possible specific topics. On the one hand, the presentations can take a traditional perspective discussing code-switching in a FL classroom as observed in teacher procedures and learner performance, as well as beyond the classroom and in the naturalistic setting of coexistence of different nationalities. The presentations can also redefine code-switching as translanguaging and demonstrate how this phenomenon of peaceful coexistence of different languages can lead to better academic achievement in the case of formal language instruction and better communication and identity preservation in the case of a naturalistic context of communication.      



As many of our regular Szczyrk conference participants are interested in issues of multilingualism, and work within multilingual educational settings, we also welcome proposals related with multilingualism research.


In addition to the main conference theme, we also accept selected proposals in other areas of SLA research of interest to our conference participants for our varia sessions.


Following the success of the last year, poster presentations of Ph.D. projects will be continued, instead of our regular Ph.D. workshop. Interested prospective candidates are asked to prepare a poster of their projects and share them with other conference participants and, more importantly, with academic supervisors in order to receive constructive feedback.

We will also continue with an academic publishers´ session, from which less experienced young scholars can get information, advice and guidance on how to prepare their work for publication in an academic journal. This will be conducted in a question-and-answer format.


Plenary Speakers


We are pleased to announce that the following scholars, whose research concerns itself with identity issues (among others), have agreed to give plenary talks at our conference:


·         Prof. Adrian Blackledge (University of Birmingham)

·         Prof. Angela Creese (University of Birmingham)

·         Prof. David Lasagabaster (The University of Basque Country)

·         Prof. Simone Pfeninnger (University of Salzburg)

·         Prof. David Singleton (University of Pannonia, Vészprem/Trinity College, Dublin)

·         Prof. Eva Vetter (University of Vienna)


Place and dates


The event will continue to be held in Szczyrk, a well-known (to many of you) resort town in the Beskidy Mountains of Southern Poland and its dates are: 16th to 18th May 2019 (with as usual the possibility of an earlier arrival on Wednesday the 15th May). The conference venue will be the Hotel META. All conference participants can be accommodated there, but if for any reason you prefer to choose different accommodation, or don’t require any at all, please indicate this on your registration form. Details concerning the conference fee will be announced in the Second Circular in February 2019.



Important dates


Paper abstracts should be sent before the 31st January 2019 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.





The registration form, including the paper 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 (baza2017.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


All those wishing to contribute papers, or just wanting to attend presentations and workshops, 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 English, 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.

            www:            www.icfsla.us.edu.pl

Conference Fee

to be announced...



No bus this year.



 Download TAPSLA Template here


This year, as was mentioned during the conference closing, we decided to publish your post-conference submissions in our  journal Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition - TAPSLA, which is an international academic research-oriented journal published twice a year by the University of Silesia Press.


 Once you are ready with your text, you should submit it online. 

All the details concerning both submission and publication process can be found at http://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/TAPSLA/index.


To facilitate the preparation of your article, you can access the conference webpage to find there a TAPSLA template (http://www.icfsla.us.edu.pl/index.php/publication)  


You can also browse through the earlier issues of TAPSLA online.


Wishing you every success with preparing your submission and looking forward to receiving it,


Danuta  Gabryś-Barker

Adam Wojtaszek

Katarzyna Papaja