FELA seminar European Literacy Declaration

18 On Friday January 2019, 14.00-18.00 Fela had a seminar at Hamburg University. The Theme was The European Literacy Declaration- good practice examples for its realization.
We like to share the presentations with you. All presentations will be available soon. Some are already (see links). So come back for more information.

14.00 Prof. Dr Renate Valtin, Humboldt University, Berlin: Introductory remarks
14.05 Prof. Dr Anke Grotlüschen, University of Hamburg: The Second German Level-One Survey (LEO 2018): Testing Literacy and asking for Literacy Practices
14.35 Prof. Dr Máirin Wilson: A National Literacy Strategy: the Irish Experience
15.05 Prof. Dr Greg Brooks, University of Sheffield: Joseph Neef (1770-1854): forgotten pioneer of phonetics and phonics
15.35 Cand. Ph. Tiziana Mascia, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano: Distance Education in Literacy Training: TV and Web series for professional development in Italy
16.05 Break
16.20 Prof. Dr Effie Tafa, University of Crete: Enhancing Kindergarten Children’s Story Structure Understanding: An Intervention Program
16.50 Dr. Margit Boeck, Austrian Literacy Association: The “Österreichischer Leseplan”, its status in the Austrian literacy community, and its strange fate
17.30 Prof. Dr Shlomo Alon, Achva College & National Academy for Arabic Language, Israel: Malta – a Model of Literacy Changes: Arabic as a European Legitimate Language
18.00 Close

21st European Conference on Literacy: Last Call for Proposals

We are very pleased to invite you to register for The 18th Nordic Literacy Conference & the 21st European Conference on Literacy under the heading of Learning from the Past for the Future: Literacy for All. This is a last call for submitting a proposal. You can submit your proposal on  the site of the Conference here.The deadline is November, 1 The conference is in Copenhagen, August 4th – 7th 2019

You can submit a proposal for a presentation or you can register without giving a presentation. But please do consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, so that we can share our knowhow and experiences across country borders, whether you are a teacher, a school leader, a librarian, a researcher or just in general interested in literacy.

These are the important dates

  • June 15th 2018: Call for contributions
  • November 1st 2018: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • December 1st 2018: Registration opens for all
  • February 1st – 15th 2019: Letter of acceptance of contributions
  • May 1st 2019: Latest registration of presenters
  • May 1st 2019: Latest registration for early birds
  • August 1st 2019: Latest registration for others than presenters
  • August 4th – 7th 2019: Literacy Conference in Copenhagen

Urgent: Voorstellen voor European Conference on Literacy

De 21st European Conference on Literacy is in Kopenhagen van 4-7 Augustus. Ik had jullie al eerder opgeroepen voorstellen voor presentaties of workshops in te dienen –November 1st: Deadline for submission of abstracts-, maar ik kreeg het bericht dat er nog geen Nederlandse voorstellen zijn. Dat kan niet. In Nederland wordt veel goed werk verricht op het gebied van geletterdheid. Dus een urgente oproep een voorstel in te dienen.
Op de website van de conferentie  vind je alle informatie over de conferentie en de mogelijkheid een proposal in te dienen. Ik ben betrokken bij de organisatie. Om het gezicht van Nederland te redden zal ik in elk geval een workshop geven over digitale geletterdheid, maar 1 Nederlander? Misschien komt er een een aparte stroom voor Elinet. Sommigen van jullie hebben daar wel een mooie presentatie gehouden. Maar dat is nog niet zeker en 1 november is bijna. Dus doen!

HSN Conferentie 2018 Het is bijna zover

Het is bijna zover. De HSN-32 vindt plaats op 16 en 17 november 2018, aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Meldt je aan als je dat nog niet hebt gedaan. Ik hoop je te verwelkomen. Hier staat het programma. Samen met Jordi Casteleyn ben ik weer stroomleider Innovatie en Digitale Geletterdheid.
Binnen de HSN Onderwijs Conferentie Nederlands trachten de deelnemers in de vele bijdragen antwoorden te zoeken op de vaak complexe en moeilijke oefening die het onderwijs Nederlands met zich meebrengt, vaak in een multilinguale context. Ook digitale geletterdheid en Nederlands zijn nauw met elkaar verbonden maar in het curriculum nog nauwelijks aanwezig.
De HSN Conferenties Onderwijs Nederlands zijn een ambitieuze poging om kennis te construeren in een interactie van mensen uit de theorie met mensen uit de praktijk; in een confrontatie van onderzoek met theorievorming en empirie én in communicatie met leraren uit diverse onderwijsniveaus. De evaluaties van voorbije conferenties leren dat precies de ‘breedte’ van de conferentie door de deelnemers sterk wordt geapprecieerd. Indien de doelgroep van HSN gedefinieerd wordt naar soorten van deelnemers, dan onderscheiden we leraren (op verschillende niveaus), ontwikkelaars, didactici, onderzoekers en studenten lerarenopleiding. Daarenboven is de conferentie uitdrukkelijk Nederlands-Vlaams, opdat wederzijds gebruik zou gemaakt worden van didactische ontwikkelingen, good practices en onderwijservaringen.

Press Release International ELINET Symposium Köln

I hope to see you July 23 in Cologne on the International Elinet Symposium. I will be the co-chair Digital Literacy. Please share the press release with your friends and colleagues.
Tot ziens in Keulen op 23 juli op de interessante conferentie van Elinet, waar ik co-chair Digital Literacy mag zijn. Deel deze oproep met je vrienden en collega’s.  

Press Release (download press release in PDF in English or German)
The European Literacy Policy Network Association organizes the second International ELINET Symposium: “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity” on 23./24. July at University of Cologne

“Literacy is an essential prerequisite for all kinds of learning and human development. It enables people to live full and meaningful lives, and to contribute towards the enrichment of the communities in which we live. By literacy we mean the ability to read and write at a level whereby individuals can effectively understand and use written communication in all media (print or electronic), including digital literacy. In the knowledge-based societies of the 21st Century, the rapid spread of new technologies and a constantly changing work environment, literacy learning is no longer limited to childhood and adolescence but must be recognised as a lifelong need and requirement.

In Europe one in five 15-year-olds and nearly 55 million adults lack basic literacy skills. Not only does this make it difficult for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion, limiting opportunities for cultural and civil participation, lifelong learning and personal growth. The European Commission recognises that there has been little improvement in literacy in the last 15 years. The two day symposium will offer various opportunities to share ideas and perspectives on current and future literacy issues around participation, inclusion and equity.” (From the Call for Proposals)


 Participation is free. Registration until 16th of July 2018.
More information on www.eli-net.eu

ELINET (the “European Literacy Policy Network”) sees itself as a think tank and coordinator of a European literacy policy. The network was founded in February 2014 and financed for two years with three million euros from the European Commission.

Under the coordination of University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Institute for German Language and Literature II), the project brought together 80 partners from 28 European countries involved in literacy projects and research, including: existing literacy networks, associations and organizations (such as UNESCO), education ministries, foundations, non-governmental organizations, research centers and teacher education institutions. A central European Literacy Platform has been set up at www.eli-net.eu , where thirty Literacy Country Reports, over 100 good practice examples and many tools and recommendations for reading and writing promotion, awareness raising and fundraising have been made available. All information is available free of charge.

Following international conferences in Vienna (2014), Budapest (2015) and Amsterdam (2016) as well as the first International Symposium in Madrid (2017), the network is now giving its first glimpse into its work in Germany. During two days, over 80 contributors from 20 countries will present their research and practice projects on “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation, Inclusion and Equity”. As in the project period, ELINET is also keen to present examples of good practice and relevant educational programs in the field of reading and writing for all age groups; we will pass on international impulses to nationally and regionally active researchers and practitioners. The conference language is English.

The aim of the symposium is to draw attention to the great challenges of the 21st century in securing a basic standard of literacy for all citizens of Europe and to present ways of tackling this challenge. The symposium provides a platform for exchange among educational policy makers, researchers and practitioners on the effective development of European, national and regional literacy programmes.

The opening lectures on both days will focus on Literacy and language learning in multilingual European societies (Kristina Cunningham, EU Commission, Brussels) and on Literacy, citizenship and digital technology – policy perspectives and practices in Europe and beyond (Janice Richardson, International Advisor for Literacy, Luxembourg).

  • Thematic sections will be offered to the following topics:
    Language, literacy and professional development in preschool education
  • Teaching disciplinary literacy in all subjects – new research and practices
  • Digital literacy policies and frameworks
  • The gender gap in literacy: How to engage boys?
  • Adult literacy programmes. New practices and perspectives
  • Instructional methods in early literacy teaching
  • Make every teacher a teacher of literacy: New approaches in teacher education and professional development
  • Digital literacy and language teaching.

Furthermore, there will be a research poster session and three sections with examples of good practice. In two round table discussions, international experts will discuss the topics “Literacy policies in Europe – examples of successful national programs” and “International literacy assessments – implications for literacy curriculum development and policy“.

Detailed abstracts and biographical information on the speakers can be found on the ELINET website: http://www.eli-net.eu/events/elinet-association-symposium-2018-cologne/ , where you can also download the entire program.

Registration (for catering and network participation) is open until 16 July; there are no participation fees and participation in individual events is possible without registration.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Universität zu Köln  Christine.garbe@uni-koeln.de


Conferentie Digitale Geletterdheid, 22 juni 2018

Vandaag, 22 juni 2018, was de conferentie Digitale Geletterdheid, georganiseerd door Kennisnet in samenwerking met Mediawijzer.net en Beeld en Geluid in het gebouw van Beeld en geluid in Hilversum.
Het was een interessant programma. Er was ook een grote delegatie van de ontwikkelgroep Digitale geletterdheid van curriculum.nu die inspiratie opdeed en vragen stelde.
Ik heb ook een presentatie gehouden, waarbij ik aansloot op de presentatie van Frank Huysmans. Je kan de presentatie bekijken en downloaden op mijn slidesharepagina. Ik was gevraagd vooral in te gaan op de vraag hoe je in de praktijk nu aandacht kan besteden aan digitale geletterdheid. Zoals mensen die mijn blogs vaker hebben gelezen, heb ik digitale geletterdheid ingeperkt en vooral gedefineerd als een uitbreiding van traditionele geletterdheid met nieuwe vaardigheden en kennis, noodzakelijk in de huidige digitale informatiemaatschappij.

Het programma

Hoe maak je leerlingen digitaal vaardig? Die vraag staat centraal op de conferentie over digitale geletterdheid die op 22 juni plaatsvindt in Beeld en Geluid. Tijdens de Conferentie Digitale Geletterdheid vertellen verschillende wetenschappers over recent onderzoek. Daarbij behandelen zij vragen als:

  • Wat weten we over de digitale vaardigheden van kinderen?
  • Welke factoren zijn van invloed op hun ontwikkeling?
  • Wat weten we over het soort onderwijs dat werkt?
  • Hoe stel je leerlingen in staat om zichzelf te verbeteren.

De volgende sprekers buigen zich over deze vragen en vertellen over de inzichten die zij hebben opgedaan:

  • Patti Valkenburg, universiteitshoogleraar Media, Jeugd en Samenleving aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Felienne Hermans, docent Software Engineering aan de TU Delft
  • Martina Meelissen en Maaike Heitink van de Universiteit Twente
  • Frank Huysmans, hoogleraar bibliotheekwetenschap van de Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Tjeerd van den Elsen, leraar van het jaar Kon niet komen en werd vervangen door Tessa van Zadelhoff, bekend van de boekjes BoekTweePuntNul en tegenwoordig heel actief op het gebied van onderwijs en technologie in Brabant.
  • Jeroen Clemens, leraar Nederlands en onderzoeker
  • Hakan Akkas, leraar

Kennisnet heeft toegezegd de presentaties beschikbaar te stellen. Ik ga er later wat uitgebreider over schrijven.



Registration International ELINET Symposium 2018 is open

International ELINET Symposium 2018 “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity
You can download the conference programme in color or in black & white.
To register for the conference please visit the symposium page on the Elinet website. Here you can download the registration form and send it to gross-projects[at]web.de until July 12th 2018.

There will be no conference fees. Participants will only have to cover travel and accommodation costs by themselves. We hope to see you all.

ELINET Association (European Literacy Policy Network) & University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Chair of ELINET Association; University of Cologne, Germany
Viv Bird, ex Chief Executive of Booktrust, UK
Prof. Dr. Patricia Schillings, University of Liège, Belgium
Dr. Sari Sulkunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Prof. Dr. Eufimia Tafa, University of Crete, Greece
Prof. Dr. Renate Valtin, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. William G. Brozo, George-Mason-University, USA
Drs. Jeroen Clemens, Windesheim University for Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Dr. Fabio Nascimbeni, Universidad International de la Rioja, Spain
Dr. George Manolitsis, University of Crete, Greece
Prof. Dr. Gerry Shiel, St. Patrick ́s College Dublin, Ireland


Call for papers Literacy Association of Ireland 42nd International Conference

42nd International Conference

Marino Institute of Education, Dublin November 9th-10th 2018


The theme of this year’s conference is Literacy without Borders

Professor Peter Afflerbach 9th November (Evening) University of Maryland

LAI invites proposals for papers, workshops and poster presentations for its 42nd annual international conference.

The conference will explore research and practice across a wide range of topics relating to literacy across all educational sectors (early childhood, Primary, Post-Primary, tertiary and educational services).
Cuirtear fáilte faoi leith roimh pháipéir nó cheardlanna i nGaeilge.

DATE (for all presentations) 10th November 2018


Proposals for papers or workshops (150-300 word abstract) should be submitted by September 14th, 2018, using the proposal form at www.literacyireland.com

Proposals (or queries) should be sent by e-mail to LiteracyIreland@gmail.com
Please watch our website for ongoing updates and follow us on Twitter @LiteracyIRL

Literacy Association of Ireland, c/o Drumcondra Education Centre
St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

21st European Conference on Literacy 2019 Call for papers & registration


I’m a member of the Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA). We are very pleased to invite you to register for the 21st European Conference on Literacy & the 18th Nordic Literacy Conference  Learning from the Past for the Future: Literacy for All August 4th-7th 2019 Copenhagen, Denmark

Go to the website for more detailed information, sending proposals and for registration. 

You can send a proposal for a presentation or you can register without giving a presentation. But please do consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, so that we can share our knowhow and experiences across country borders, whether you are a teacher, a school leader, a librarian, a researcher or just in general interested in literacy.

Important dates

June 15th : Call for contributions
November 1st : Deadline of submission of abstracts
December 1st : Registration opens for all

February 1st-15th : Letter of acceptance of contributions
May 1st : Latest registration of presenters
May 1st : Latest registration for early birds
August 1st : Latest registration for others than presenters
August 4th – 7th : Conference in Copenhagen



Literacy Slam Award at the International ELINET Symposium 2018 and Reminder Call for Proposals

The International Elinet SymposiumJuly 23-24, 2018, Cologne, Germany gets even more interesting. And the deadline for proposals has been extended to April 30th. 
Participate in the Young Researcher´s and Professional´s Literacy Slam competition and win the “Literacy Slam Award 2018” of 1.000 Euro! More info here.
And a Reminder for the Call for Contributions online for the International Elinet Symposium. You can submit your contribution and a brief CV to communication@eli-net.eu  or go tho the website. Please tell your colleagues and friends. Download the programma here