ELN Inaugural Conference, Prague



The ELN Inaugural Conference was held at Charles University (Prague) from the 7th to the 8th of November, 2015. Gabriela Malkova was the conference local organizer. The conference was a two-day event with Working Groups Symposia, Interactive Sessions, and Roundtables, it was open to ELN members as well as to other researchers, stakeholders, and general public. Follow these links for Registration and Travel Arrangements

Conference Abstracts

Conference Dinner

Registration for Parallel Roundtables



        Texas A&M University
  United States
               Karin Landerl
University of Graz
   University of California
  United States

Ulla Richardson
University of Jyväskylä


Malt Joshi, Texas A&M University

 R. Malatesha Joshi, Ph.D., is Professor of Reading/Language Arts Education, ESL and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University, where he teaches and conducts research in literacy development and literacy problems among monolinguals and bilinguals in different orthographies. Dr. Joshi is the Editor of Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal and the monograph series titled Literacy Studies: Perspectives from Cognitive Neurosciences, Linguistics, Psychology and Education.  From 1980-2002, Joshi directed seven highly successful NATO Advanced Study Institutes which helped to bring various fields together to study literacy. He has published numerous books and scientific papers and has received several awards, such as Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar, Germany, and Beijing Normal University, China.  He has received several grants and also has served on the review panels for Institute of Educational Sciences as well as the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.

Karin Landerl, University of Graz

During and after her PhD from the University of Salzburg, Karin Landerl was a visiting fellow at the MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London, the UCL Centre of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, the Paedologisch Instituut at the Free University Amsterdam and the Centre for Reading and Language at the University of York and was Prof. of Developmental Psychology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, from 2006-2010. Currently, she is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Graz, Austria, and is Chief Editor of Scientific Studies of Reading. Her main research interests are the neuro-cognitive mechanisms of typical and atypical reading acquisition in different orthographies and the comorbidity of dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Charles Bazerman, University of California

Charles Bazerman is a Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Bazerman is interested in the practice and teaching of writing, understood in a socio-historic context. Using socially based theories of genre, activity system, interaction, intertextuality, and cognitive development, he investigates the history of scientific writing, other forms of writing used in advancing technological projects, and the relation of writing to the development of disciplines of knowledge. He is the author of over 15 books, and over 20 edited collections including: Traditions of Writing Research, Genre in a Changing World, Textual Dynamics of the Profession, Writing Selves/Writing Societies, What Writing Does and How it Does It, and the Handbook of Research on Writing. His recent books are A Rhetoric of Literate Action and A Theory of Literate Action. He hopes to support the aggregation and dissemination of all the knowledge his colleagues have gained about the power and potential of writing.

Ulla Richardson, University of Jyväskylä

Dr Ulla Richardson, Professor of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning at the Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä, and Adjunct Professor of Experimental Psycholinguistics and Research on Speech Sciences, Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä. She is the head of the GraphoGame unit and the head of the Secretariat of GraphoWORLD Network of Excellence. Her current research examines reading and language development, phonology, speech processing, and specifically evidence-based reading intervention in different orthographies.
Day 1, November 7

   Registration & Coffee   


   Opening cerimony


   What is the ELN?, download pdf
  Chair address, Rui A. Alves, University of Porto


  Cognitive Component of Componential Model of Reading (CMR) in Different Orthographies, 
download pdf  
  Opening keynote, R. Malatesha Joshi, Texas A & M University

  Coffee Break

  WG1 Symposium download pdf
  Chair: Julie Dockrell

  Reading in different languages, download pdf
  Keynote speaker: Karin Landerl, University of Graz
  Methodological issues in cross-linguistic research on reading development, download pdf
  Timothy Papadopoulos

  Multilingualism + multi orthography = multi literacy: not a simple equation download pdf
  Rhona Winifred Stainthorp

  Multilingualism and literacy education in Europe: unifying research-informed effective pedagogies or a fragmenting landscape? download pdf
  Charles Mifsud



  WG2 Symposium
  Chair: Mira Bekar

  Imagining true longitudinal lifespan reading and writing studies, download pdf
  Keynote speaker: Charles Bazerman, University of California Santa Barbara


  Presentation of team's workplan

  Academic literacies team, download pdf
  Bojana Petric

  Digital literacy team download pdf
  Luís Pereira
  Multilingual literacy team
  Eva Lindgren


  Coffee Break

  WG3 Symposium
  Chair: Thierry Olive

  A digital environment, GraphoGame, for supporting early reading skills in different orthographies
  Keynote speaker: Ulla Richardson, University of Jyväskylä

  Writing and notetaking at the university: Practices and effects of digital technology download pdf
  Marie-Laure Barbier, Justine Renaud and Thomas Arciszewski

Relationships between writing processes, discovery through writing and text quality download pdf  David Galbraith and Veerle Baaijen

  The value of developmental corpora for researching language acquisition download pdf
  Špela Arhar Holdt

 19h  Conference Dinner

Day 2, November 8

 Registration & Coffee


  5 Parallel Roundtables. Register here to attend one roundtable 

  1) Roundtable on Recent trends in Bachelor’s dissertation/thesis research: Foci, methods, approaches , download pdf
 Panel of 5 speakers. Bojana Petric, Introduction to the panel; Montserrat Castelló, Helping students to develop voice and authorial identity in writing their dissertations/theses; Natalie Schembri,Textual voice and overall success in citation: Some data from six Maltese undergraduate dissertations in Education; Mira Bekar, Logical fallacies and student voice in academic  L2 writing: Towards dissertation writing; Savka Blagojevic, The relation between students' bibliographies and the writing  styles they use in their Bachelor's theses (pdf); Madalina Chitez, Linguistic support in "Thesis Writer": Corpus-based academic phraseology in English and German (pdf); Karl-Heinz Pogner,The interplay of project manuals, Bachelor projects and theses;  academic literacies and peripheral participating (pdf). Discussion and comments from the invited expert (Prof Charles Bazerman, US)

  2) Roundtable on Digital Literacy, chaired by Luís Pereira and Maria José Brites. download pdf
  Planning and discussion of digital literacy team’s work plan. Skype working session - Martine Smith, Luís Pereira, Manuel Perea  and Maria Brites

  3) Roundtable on Multilingual Literacy, chaired by Eva Lindgren. download pdf
  Planning and discussion of multilingual literacy team’s work plan. Eva Lindgren, Introduction; Esther Breuer, Liana Konstantinidou and Rachael Agius, Important issues in multilingual literacy. Presentation and discussion of suggested themes and teams and how to move on from here
  4) Roundtable on ELN's publication strategy, chaired by David Galbraith and R. Malatesha Joshi. download pdf 
  Preparation for the International Handbook of Literacy: Preliminary Thoughts 

  5) Roundtable on Evidence Synthesis, chaired by Marcin Szczerbinski, download pdf
  Effective sharing of effective practice: Can we improve policy and practice through best evidence synthesis, and its user-friendly communication?


  Coffee Break


  Interactive session 1a
  Chair: Gabriela Malkova  
  Publishing in English: The experiences of scholars from Bosnia and Herzegovina download pdf
  Alma Jahic

  Academic writing in Spanish and Albanian: a contrastive experience download pdf
  Emilio Gallardo Saborido, Anastasi Prodani and Edlira Gabili 
  Genres of undergraduate writing in Ukrainian universities download pdf
  Tatyana Yakhontova
  The challenges of writing the Master Thesis download pdf
  Maria João Couto and Karl-Heinz Pogner

  From writing to "texting": Academic text production under the conditions of multilingualism (Lx) download pdf
  Karl-Heinz Pogner and Dagmar Knorr

  Literacy Policy Documents And Perspetives: Croatia as a Case Study download pdf
  Anita Peti-Stantic

  Multilingual literacy in minority and indigenous contexts
  Eva Lindgren

  Assessing Writing in Vocational Education and Training Schools: Results from an Intervention Study download pdf
  Lianna Konstantinidou,  Joachim Hoefele and Otto Kruse

  Media education contests: promoting digital literacy in a non-formal context. download pdf
  Luís Pereira, Ana Jorge and Maria José Brites 

  Interactive session 1b (11h15)
  Chair: Marie Van Reybroeck 

  The development of a literacy diagnostic assessment battery for Maltese children download pdf
  Rachael Agius
  Development of Turkish Reading Achievement Tests download pdf
  Nalan Babür, Gulcan Erçetin and Belma Haznedar  
  The cognitive profile of Portuguese adults and children with dyslexia: where are the differences?
  Luís Faísca, Maria São Luís Castro and Alexandra Reis

  Web-Based Intelligent Tutring System Delivers Powerful Reading Comprehension Strategy to Children in Grades 4 through 12 download pdf
  Kausalai Wijekumar, Bonnie Meyer and Puria Lei 

   Development of a reading software to improve reading fluency and reading comprehension skills of students with/or at risk of learning disabilities and evaluation of its effectiveness
   Orhan Cakiroglu

  HandSpy: a web tool for managing experiments on cognitive processes in writing
  José Paulo Leal

   Can colors help reading text in the digital world?
   Ana Marcet, Pilar Tejero and Manuel Perea

   Digital literacy and social participation: Opportunities and challenges for people who use augmentative and alternative communication. 
  M. Smith, P. Raghavendra and S. Rowland

  "My Literacies" Children's views on literacy practices in multilingual and multimedia contexts download pdf
   Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo and Werner Mayer



  MC Meeting




  MC Meeting


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