Low Educated Second Language and Literacy (LESLLA) For Adults

Symposia: 2005 Agenda

LESLLA held its inaugural symposium on 25–27 August 2005 at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. Researchers from the Netherlands, England, USA, Belgium and Sweden presented their research on L2 language and literacy development of low educated adults. Topics included cognitive factors, working memory, phonological awareness and instructional interventions. Conference participants also visited the Midden-Brabant Regional Education Center (ROC), where they heard presentations about Dutch national and municipal immigration policy and the ROC’s educational programs. The conference agenda, presentations and proceedings are available for downloading.

Proceedings from the conference were compiled into a book.

Linguistics, Language Acquisition and Literacy

Inaugural Symposium on Low-Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition
Tilburg University - August 25-27, 2005
The Netherlands

Programme

Thursday August 25 - Tilburg University - building QZ 206

9:00
Welcome
9:30
Opening by Roeland van Hout
Dutch National Research Council
9:45-10:45
The low-educated second language learner
Martha Young Scholten, University of Durham and Newcastle
Ineke van de Craats, Radboud University Nijmegen
10.45-11.15
Coffee break
12.30-13.30
Group Lunch
13.30-14.45
14.45-15.15
Tea break
15.15-17.15
Panel: First time L2 readers

Is there a critical period for learning to read?
Martha Young Scholten, University of Durham and Newcastle

Knowledge on language of illiterate adults
Jeanne Kurvers, Tilburg University
19:00
Conference dinner

Friday August 26 - Tilburg University - building QZ 206

9.00 - 10.30
Classroom practices: Effect of literacy on L2 proficiency
  • Larry Condelli (PowerPoint), Director Adult Education & Literacy,
    American Institutes for Research
  • Larry Condelli (Word)
    Article: INSTRUCTION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY: WHAT WORKS STUDY FOR ADULT ESL LITERACY STUDENTS
10.30-11.00
Coffee Break
11.00-13.00
Getting Research into the Classroom: Preparing Teachers to Help Low-literacy Adult ESOL Learners
  • Nancy Faux (PowerPoint), Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
11.30-13.00
Panel: Adult literacy learners

Adult migrant literacy i Sweden. An overview

Qarin Franker and Ingrid Skeppstedt

"There are many flowers in flowery cloth". Collaborative form focused discourse and language awareness.
Images for literacy learners
Qarin Franker, Gothenburg University
13.00-14.00
Group Lunch
14.00-17.00
Theory meets practice: Visiting a Center for Adult Basic Education
  • Remy Kalalo (PowerPoint), Council of Tilburg, Department of Education and Youth:
    National and Municipal Immigration Policy

    Bert van Leeuwen, Director College for Adult Education ROC Midden-Brabant (department 3):
    Implementing The National Policy in an Education Center
  • Willemijn Stockmann (PowerPoint), innovator ROC Midden Brabant:
    Curriculum development and portfolio methodology for low-educated L2 learners
18:00
Dinner buffet at the Center for Adult Education

Saturday August 27

9:00
Next Conference?
10:00
Setting the research agenda
Joint Projects
Taking the next step
12:00
Lunch and depart
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