Low Educated Second Language and Literacy (LESLLA) For Adults

LESLLA 2007 Symposium

The third annual conference on Research, Practice, and Policy for Low-educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) for Adults was held in Newcastle upon Tyne, England 13-15 September 2007. This meeting involved the discussion of research on second language acquisition and/or second language literacy development by low-educated adults and the interaction of language and literacy with each other and with additional factors. The colloquium constituted a single strand of talks, posters, screenings, demonstrations and a site visit that occurred in parallel to the 17th annual EuroSLA conference on 13-14 September; then continued with a series of panels on international perspectives of LESLLA practice and policy. Panels of classroom researchers and professionals involved in issues regarding low-educated adults' L2 acquisition/literacy development focused on research or practice issues in their country or region (e.g. Australia, the European Low Countries, the UK and the USA).

The agenda included plenary speakers on research practice and policy, concurrent sessions, moderated panel discussions and screening of the film "Newcomers in Turkey." The conference agenda is provided here with links to presentations.

LESLLA Third International Symposium Research, Practice, and Policy

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

September 13 - 15, 2007

Wednesday, 12 September 2007
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.Registration
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.Storytelling by Kachi Ozumba
Thursday, 13 September 2007
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.Registration
9:15 a.m. - 12 noonVisit to ESOL programme
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.Presentations
Newcomers in Turkey (film)
Nourreddine Erradi, Belgium

Snapshots of low education/low literacy adult ESL learners in Australia
Howard Nicholas.
La Trobe University, Australia

What makes the illiterate language genius? Jeanne Kurvers, Tilburg; Ineke van de Craats, Nijmegen

Recasts and learner uptake in the non-literate adult second language classroom
Susanna Strube, Nijmegen

Exploring critical literacy approaches in the LESLLA classroom
Rosemary Harison, AUT University, New Zealand
7:30 p.m.EuroSLA Conference dinner
Friday, 14 September 2007
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Poster display
Proceedings of LESLLA 2005 and 2006 for sale
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Presentations

Foundations of Literacy
Michael Hepworth & Heather Campbell,
Park Lane College,

Visual literacy and language learners
Ann Macdonald, Newcastle ESOL Service

Content based language teaching and settlement needs for low literacy ESL immigrants
Laura Chapman & Alan Williams,
La Trobe University, Australia

Literacy Instruction for Immigrants in Germany
Alexis Feldmeier, University of Bielefeld
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.Presentations

Teaching basic literacy to adult ESOL learners: teacher education and teacher attitudes
Helen Sunderland & Pauline Moon,
London South Bank

Learning Portuguese as a second language in multilingual East Timor: learning strategies and behaviour of adult literacy learners
Danielle Boon, Tilburg University
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.Daoud Zaaroura, North of England
Refugee Service chief executive
7:15 p.m. LESLLA dinner (Sylheti Bangladeshi cuisine)
Saturday, 15 September 2007
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.LESLLA 2006 recommendations and information sharing
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Panels

James Simpson, Leeds; Helen Sunderland, London South Bank University/LLU+; Catherine Wallace, Institute of Education; Melanie Cooke, King's College

Low Countries: Ineke van de Craats, Nijmegen; Jeanne Kurvers, Tilburg; Willemijn Stockmann, ROC Midden Brabant; Inge Schuurmans, Karel de Groote Hogeschool Antwerpen; Hilde Vanderheijden, Belgian Ministry of Education

    Larry Condelli, American Institutes for Research; Nancy R. Faux, Virginia Commonwealth University; Heide Spruck Wrigley LiteracyWork International

    Australia: Alan Williams and Howard Nicholas, La Trobe University; Laura Chapman (TAFE Tasmania)
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Lunch
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.Roundtable discussion on current issues
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. LESLLA forum core group meeting