Call for Contributions to International ELINET Symposium 2018 (deadline by February 28th)

Dec, 2017 | Events

Call for Contributions (deadline by February 28th) to International ELINET Symposium 2018
“Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity”.
July 23-24, 2018, Cologne, Germany


The ELINET Association will host an International Symposium for Improving Literacy Policies and Practices across Europe from July 23rd -24th 2018 in 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
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. The symposium strives to produce outcomes in terms of statements on key-questions for the future, and policy statements.

Particularly interesting for our BleTeach followers are the thematic sessions II and III:

II: Teaching disciplinary literacy in all subjects – new research and practices (Chair: Sari Sulkunnen)
III: “Make every teacher a teacher of literacy” – new approaches in teacher education and professional development. (Chair: Christine Garbe)

These two sessions will give a fundamental insight into new approaches and partices of disciplinary literacy in teacher education and professional development.


Are you interested? Submit your contributions till February, 28.


Find the current programme here.

We are happy to welcome you in Cologne!

Contact Us