The 45th UKLA International Conference

Making Connections: Building Literate Communities in and Beyond Classrooms

This event took place Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July 2009
The 45th UKLA International Conference

The venue for the 2009 conference is the spectacular and beautiful venue of Greenwich University, London.

Keynote speakers confirmed so far:

Robin Alexander, Cambridge University Courtney Cazden, Harvard University Malorie Blackman, Author Teresa Cremin, The Open University Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust Angela Thomas, University of Sydney Sarah McIntyre, Petr Horacek, and David Roberts - Illustrators and artists

Please note: The deadline for proposals for symposiums, presentations, seminars and workshops has now passed

For detailed information, and to apply for tickets to this event, please download the flyer (PDF)

Children and adults shape and inhabit rich and diverse literate communities in the context of their daily lives. Teachers and other educators, aware of their own reading and writing practices and those of the learners with whom they work, seek to make connections and draw upon this knowledge in imaginative ways, building strong communities of learners both inside and outside the classroom. This conference will explore the development, diversity and dynamic nature of literate communities in the 21st century, and will consider how educators can expand and enrich such communities across the Foundation Stage, through Key Stages 1-4 and beyond.

The conference will be preceded by a Focus Day on Designing Writing on 9th July 2009, convened by Debra Myhill, University of Exeter. The Focus Day is a forum for sharing research on using language creatively in writing and will feature key researchers and policymakers from the UK and abroad.