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UKLA 56th International Conference

"We need to talk about literacy": Why spoken language matters in literacy learning and teaching.

We are thrilled to be holding our first virtual International Conference from 2nd to 4th July 2021. Our keynote speakers this year include Michael Rosen, Anne Fine, MG Leonard, Mariana Souto-Manning, Neil Mercer, and Muna Abdi.

The conference will include contributions from educators who work with learners for whom spoken language is not the first medium of communication, where talk is characterised as a spontaneous exchange of idea through multiple modes and media including, but not exclusively, language.

By reclaiming talk as the basis of literacy, this conference will invite delegates to consider the relationships between talk, language and literacy. It will explore how, as teachers, researchers and literacy advocates, we consider the contribution of language to learning as well as recognising its unique and distinct place in the development of identity. The conference will also make space for delegates themselves to enjoy spoken language – through poetry, storytelling and, crucially, through the rich conversations generated by gathering together to talk about literacy.

Find out more and book your place on our designated UKLA International Conference website here: www.literacywithukla.co.uk


The atmosphere was vibrant and friendly, it has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to the next conference!” 2019 International Conference participant.

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