Challenging Reading

Challenging Reading: English-Language Education with Children and Teenagers

International Conference / 11 - 12 March 2016 / University of Münster, Germany

The TEFL team (Fachdidaktik Englisch) at the University of Münster is organising an international TEFL conference on reading as a deeply mindful activity and powerful mechanism for learning, central to a wide span of EFL/ESL education – from the youngest learners to advanced secondary students. The area covered includes the pleasure of language play and language creativity, the multi-literacy challenge of multimodal literature, the danger of the stereotyped single story and the cognitive challenge of exploring alternative worlds. The conference will address issues of literary canons in English language education (young readers – old books?) and the complex challenge of visual and virtual texts. Recent research on language education and sociocultural theory will combine with intercultural learning, emotional engagement, the potential for changing perspective and empathy building, critical literacy and cognitive criticism in the field of children’s, young adult and adult literature.

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Guest Speaker

Award-winning author Dr Beverley Naidoo will be reading from her works Out of Bounds and The Other Side of Truth.


Plenary Speakers

Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford
Lexis and Literacy in Children with English as an Additional Language: The Power of the Word

Professor Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota
What Is A Graphic Novel & Why We Need It: A Reader’s Manifesto

Professor Junko Yokota (em.) National Louis University, Chicago
Nurturing Dispositions for Critical Reading through Diverse Literature

Assoc. Professor Susanne Reichl, University of Vienna

Reading Alternatives: Ethical & Cognitive Challenges of Time-Travel Stories for Young Adults

Panel Discussion Guest Speakers:

Dr Evelyn Arizpe, University of Glasgow
Professor Werner Delanoy, University of Klagenfurt
Professor Geoff Hall, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Professor Jean Webb, University of Worcester
Professor Lies Wesseling, Maastricht University


Programme Review Committee

Dr Evelyn Arizpe, University of Glasgow
Professor Peter E. Cumming, York University, Toronto
Dr Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, University of Wroclaw
Dr Saskia Kersten, University of Hertfordshire
Dr Sandie Mourão, Nova University Lisbon
Dr Amos Paran, UCL Institute of Education
Professor Jean Webb, University of Worcester
Professor Lies Wesseling, Maastricht University