Call for papers (pdf)

       We would like to kindly invite you to the 8th International Scientific Conference CHILDREN AND LANGUAGES TODAY which will be held on 1 and 2 December 2017 and organized by the Department of Philology, Faculty of Education, University of Osijek. The main theme of the Conference is First and Second Language Literacy Development.

       The aim of the Conference is to bring together scientists and contributions from contemporary research on children’s literacy development in first and second/foreign/additional language. Recent findings point at multiple understandings of literacy, one of the core human competencies, for successful social participation. Therefore, literacy development from an early age should focus on a range of different literacy types. It should be emphasised that the term literacy also involves teaching children to read and to understand various text genres, not only with the aim of being informed, but also with the aim of aesthetically experiencing literary work.

       8th International Conference Children And Languages Today welcomes presentations focusing on the following areas of interest:

1. Emergent and early literacy

2. Functional literacy

3. Cross-linguistic influences, linguistic landscape and literacy development

4. Children's literature and literacy development

5. Media and literacy development

       The suggested topics are not restrictive, but are meant to be motivating for exploration and study of children-languages-literacy relationship.

       In order to address the challenges and issues related to literacy development in children we invite researchers from various theoretical and applied perspectives (e.g. cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, multilingualism, language assessment, language education, language policy and planning, etc.) to submit papers grounded in cognitive, socio-cultural, dynamic and emergent theories of literacy development. Furthermore, we invite contributions concentrating on the analysis of literary text and discourse, literary pragmatics and functional perspectives in literature. The Conference also encompasses themes discussing artistic value and usage of media materials in the context of new media, taking into account media effects, intermediality and interdisciplinary research. Also, we encourage submissions by researchers studying literacy development via multimodal texts as features of global digitalised culture.

      We are happy to announce the following plenary speakers:

Janet Enever, Umeå University, Sweden

Milena Mileva Blažić, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jelena Kuvač Kraljević, University of Zagreb, Croatia.


      Abstract submission deadline has been extended, so please send your abstract up to 300 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 10 July 2017. Your contribution can be in the form of oral presentation or poster. You will be notified of your abstract acceptance by 15 September 2017.

Early bird registration: 350 kn (50€) - before 31 October 2017

Standard registration: 450 kn (60€) - after 31 October 2017

Students and listeners: 100 kn (15€)

       The conference fee should be paid to Faculty of Education in Osijek (for details see Conference website).

       Papers selected in the review process will be published by the Faculty of Education in Osijek, University of Osijek, as a Book of Proceedings.

       Official Conference languages are Croatian and English.

       Hereby we enclose the Application Form.

       Conference website:

       Looking forward to your application, we send our kindest regards.


On behalf of the Organizing Committee:

Dr Valentina Majdenić,


On behalf of the Programme Committee:

Dr Željka Flegar,


Dr Ivana Moritz,

Conference secretary





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