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ATFLY 2022 Programme

Day 1: Thursday, 22 September 2022


Time (CET)



Conference Opening
Stefanie Frisch (University of Wuppertal) & Karen Glaser (Leipzig University)


Keynote 1
Heiner Böttger
 (Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) & Norbert Schlüter (Leipzig University):

Current issues in primary foreign language teaching


Coffee Break>



Panel 1: Input Matters in Teaching YLLs


Chair: Annamaria Pinter

(Warwick University, UK)



Panel 2: Early L2 Literacy


Chair: Renata Šamo

(Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia)



Johannes Schulz, Catherine Hamilton, Victoria Murphy & Elizabeth Wonnacott (University of Oxford):
The impact of multi-word units in early FL learning and teaching contexts. A systematic review

Heike Mlakar & Joanna Hirst-Plein (University of Hildesheim): “I leik aiskrim”: Cognitive and linguistic predictors of young L2 learners’ spelling ability



Holger Limberg (University of Flensburg): 
On teachers' use of the L1 in primary school EFL classrooms in Germany


Constanze Weth (University of Luxembourg):
Does plural spelling in French as a foreign language help to improve capitalization of nouns in German, the language of literacy?


Renyu Jiang, Robert Woore & Victoria Murphy(University of Oxford): The effect of orthographic input on young Mandarin-speaking EFL children’s English pronunciation learning

Krystina Mensing (University of Duisburg-Essen): Preventing early reading and spelling difficulties in inclusive primary EFL education: An evaluation of a phonological awareness training


Lunch Break



Panel 3: A Focus on Teacher Education


Chair: Mateja Dagarin Fojkar

(University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)



Panel 2: Early L2 Literacy (cont’d)


Chair: Julia Reckermann

(University of Muenster, Germany)


Sandie Mourão (Nova University): Advances in under­standing the role of early English education in Portugal: Intercultural and citizenship education in action

Julio Roca de Larios & Yvette Coyle (University of Murcia): The effects of genre-based instruction on report writing with 4th year EFL children in a CLIL science class


Anja Pirih & Silva Bratož (University of Primorska): ‘Mini takeaway lesson’ as a model for online EFL learning material for young learners

Anne Schrader (Leipzig University):
Writing in the Primary English Classroom: A Design-Based Research Study


Jana Roos, Hannah Ruhm, Kristin Kersten, Sonja Bruns­meier & Karen Glaser (Universities Potsdam, Hildes­heim, Vechta, Leipzig): Effective teaching strategies in the primary EFL classroom – Diverging perspectives?

Nuhi Bllaca (University of Vienna):
Is collaborative writing beneficial for young EFL learners of low-language proficiency?



Coffee Break


Publisher Presentations

Schoolbook presentation by Klett (Playway, Come in)

Schoolbook presentation by Cornelsen (Sally, Sunshine)

Schoolbook presentation by Westermann (Flex und Flori, Bumblebee)


Keynote 2

Yuko Goto Butler (University of Pennsylvania):

Putting children in the center of assessment practice


Closing of Conference Day 1 and invitation to Social Gathering

Stefanie Frisch (University of Wuppertal) & Karen Glaser (Leipzig University)


Dinner Break

from 20:00

Social Gathering (in Gather)



Day 2: Friday, 23 September 2022


Time (CET)



Day 2 Welcome
Stefanie Frisch (University of Wuppertal) & Karen Glaser (Leipzig University)



 Panel 4: Bilingual and CLIL programs


Chair: Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe

(University of Basque Country, Spain)



Panel 5: Pragmatic Competence


Chair: Júlia Barón Pares

(University of Barcelona, Spain)


Lieselotta Botz (University of Wuppertal):
Conceptual and Language Learning in a German Bilingual Primary School – Findings of the BiSY-Study

Eva Jakupčević & Mihajla Ćavar Portolan (University of Split): Speech acts in EFL textbooks for young language learners


Anja Steinlen, Daniela Schwarz & Thorsten Piske (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg): The transition from elementary school bilingual programs to regular foreign language lessons in secondary schools: A longitudinal perspective

Milica Savić & Anders Myrset (University of Stavanger):   Young EFL learners’ frames of reference for making sense of pragmatic practices: Potential for teaching L2 pragmatics in primary school



Yvette Coyle & Julio Roca de Larios (University of Murcia): Young CLIL learners’ perceptions of their strategy use during an on-line writing task

Gila A. Schauer (University of Erfurt): 

Teaching L2 pragmatics to young EFL learners: exploring the potential of two graphic novels


Coffee Break


Publisher Presentations

How to publish in Language Learning (Wiley)

How to publish with Multilingual Matters

How to publish in Language Teaching Research (Sage)

How to publish in Language Teaching for Young Learners (John Benjamins)


Poster Presentations (in Gather)

12:00 – 12:20: Orientation in Gather // Participants can browse posters and choose their preferred room for the pitches.
12:20 – 12:35: Poster pitches // The presenters in a room take turns pitching their work in 3-minute mini presentations.
12:35 – 13:00: Exchange // Participants can continue to look at posters and talk to poster presenters.


Lunch Break



Panel 6: Agent and Stakeholder Perspectives


Chair: Carmen Muñoz

(University of Barcelona, Spain)



Panel 7: Curricular and Political Perspectives 


Chair: Janet Enever

(Umea University, Sweden)



María-Jesús Inostroza (University of Concepción): 
Young learners' perspectives on English learning experiences: Variations in motivations and attitudes in Chilean primary school


Margit Hempel, Markus Kötter & Jutta Rymarczyk (Universities Duisburg-Essen and Siegen & Heidelberg University of Education): Early foreign language teaching in Germany: Recent political and curricular developments


Dominik Rumlich, Raphaela Porsch & Sonja Brunsmeier (Universities Vechta, Magdeburg, Paderborn):

Starting early or late? Parental perspectives on the onset of English at primary school

Nils Jaekel, Michael Schurig & Markus Ritter (University of Oulu, Technical University of Dortmund, Ruhr University Bochum): Investigating cohort effects of early foreign language learning


Coffee Break


Keynote 3

Florence Myles (University of Essex):

Socio-cognitive development in middle childhood and its impact on attitudes and motivation
towards learning a foreign language in primary school


Conference Closing

Awarding the poster prize and information on the conference publication

Stefanie Frisch (University of Wuppertal) & Karen Glaser (Leipzig University)


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