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University of Silesia

32nd  International Conference on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition


Szczyrk, 20th-22nd May 2021




  Narratives of Success and Failure:     

    Stories from Foreign Language    

          Teachers and Learners






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Dear Colleague,


The Institute of Linguistics, School of English at the University of Silesia is pleased to announce the 32nd 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.

Due to a continued pandemic and an unforeseeable path it may take, we are sure now that the conference will not happen in its usual format with all of us meeting face to face in Szczyrk. The unpredictability of the situation forces us to have an alternative plan. After a long deliberation, just like other conference organisers, we also decided to run an online event.

We will stay in touch and keep you informed on the details.

Our deadline for abstracts submission was 31st January 2021. At the same time we thought that  the new online form of the conference may attract new participants so we decided to extend the deadline till  20th of February 2021. For the same purpose, we also include information from the First Circular here.


The leading theme and the programme focus

The main topic of the upcoming 2020 conference is: Narratives of Success and Failure: Stories from Foreign Language Teachers and Learners. The theme itself is self-explanatory, needing little further elaboration. We imagine that research interests relating to perceptions of what constitutes success and failure in a second/foreign language context from the perspective of a teacher and/or a learner (as well as the factors determining those) will constitute the major focus of the presentations. We would also like to emphasize the role of qualitative methods in SLA research, and especially the role of (personal) narratives as a tool not only of an expression of subjective perceptions and experiences but also of interesting in-depth analysis of the issues relating to FL success and failure in a diversity of educational and non-educational contexts. This entails including both foreign language teachers/learners in formal instruction settings and those functioning as immigrants in an L2 country. The emphasis on narratives does not imply that research of a quantitative nature will be of lesser interest during this conference. What is more, we would like to encourage discussion of mixed methods which employ both approaches, as we believe they are complementary to each other. We hope that such a broad topic, and (we assume) a vital one for not only our SLA research but also for teaching/learning experiences, will attract a wide group of participants from different educational institutions from around the world.

As quite a few of our regular Szczyrk conference participants are interested in issues of multilingualism, and also work within multilingual educational settings, we also welcome proposals related with multilingualism 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. Please do not hesitate to consider submitting the proposal even if it does not follow the main theme of the conference (we would like to make it clear that the choice of the topic as long as it relates to SLA in some way, is not the criterion for the acceptance of the proposed abstract. Our conference participants are interested in different areas of SLA research).

We would like to continue with an academic publishers´ session for less experienced scholars (but not only!), 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 fulfil the demands of an academic journal to be accepted for publication.  As usual, the session is run in a question-and-answer format, where the editors answer the detailed questions of the participants in relation not only to their own journals but also in a more general context of academic publications. By all means, make use of their expertise, but also get acquainted with possible places for your publications.


Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following scholars have agreed to present keynote talks at the 32nd ICFSLA conference:


Prof. Christine Gkonou (University of Essex, Colchester)

Prof. Hanna Komorowska (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw)

Prof. Agnieszka Otwinowska- Kasztelanic (Warsaw University, Warsaw)

Prof. Simone Pfenninger (University of Salzburg, Salzburg)

Prof. David Singleton (Professor Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin)



Place and dates

Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, the event cannot  continue in Szczyrk, a well-known (to many of you),  resort town but will move to an online platform. The  dates remain unchanged and they are: 20th to 22nd May 2021 .


The details concerning the conference fee will be announced in the Third Circular in March.


Important dates

Paper abstracts, together with your registration form and your data (excel database) should be sent before the 20th February 2021 to our e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please send your abstract again even if it was accepted last year.

You will be notified about acceptance by 1st March.




Registration for new participants

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 ( baza2021.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).



All those wishing to contribute papers, or just wanting to

attend the plenary talks, presentations and the 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:           szczyrk2This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

            www:             under construction






Conference Organising Committte


Danuta Gabryś-Barker

Adam Wojtaszek

Katarzyna Papaja