2nd International Language Skills Conference
Working with Text and around Text

22nd- 24th September 2014 in Lublin, Poland

Last update 24/09/2014

About the conference

The conference aspires to provide a forum for sharing both theoretical and empirical findings in text research as well as pedagogic practices related to the use of text and text-based activities in the development of language skills and subsystems in second/foreign language instruction. Our main aim is to bring together scholars and researchers who explore and analyse text from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including pedagogic, discourse, linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic or translation, to name but a few.

Plenary speakers

  • Prof.Paul Meara
    Swansea University
  • Prof.Scott Thornbury
    The New School, New York
  • Prof.Steve Walsh
    Newcastle University
  • Prof.Maria Dakowska
    University of Warsaw
  • Prof.Andrzej Łyda
    University of Silesia
  • Prof.Mirosław Pawlak
    Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz & State School of Higher Professional Education, Konin


The conference is organized by the English Language Acquisition and Teaching Department of the Department of English at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin and the Department of Methodology and Typhlopedagogy of the Institute of English at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

The Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Halina Chodkiewicz chair
  • Prof. Jolanta Szpyra-Kozłowska 
  • Prof. Henryk Kardela 
  • Prof. Przemysław Łozowski 

The Organizing Committee

  • Dr Małgorzata Krzemińska-Adamek chair
  • Dr Ewa Guz 
  • Dr Piotr Steinbrich 
  • Ewa Surdacka 
  • Marta Kwiatek 
  • Anna Kiszczak 

Important dates

  • 22/06
    Abstracts submission and registration deadline for participants who wish to present a paper.
  • 29/06
    Notification of proposal acceptance and registration deadline for participants who do not wish to present a paper.
  • 07/07
    Deadline for payment of the conference fee
  • 22/09
    Beginning of the conference.

Call for papers

Proposals should be submitted by 22nd June 2014. We welcome contributions related to the theme of the conference in the form of position, research and work- in-progress papers as well as posters. Preference will be given to proposals that are related to one of the areas listed below.

  1. Text in language description and instruction

    • Classroom discourse as text.
    • Spoken and written texts.
    • Corpus as text.
    • Text and digital media.
    • Text in literacy development.
  2. Text in L2 language skills development

    • Text in receptive and productive language use.
    • Criteria for text selection (genre, authenticity, difficulty, etc.)
    • Adapting and creating texts for pedagogic use.
    • Learner texts in L2 production: elicitation, assessment, feedback.
  3. Texts and tasks in L2 instructional settings

    • Text-based syllabuses.
    • Analyzing text structure for instructional purposes.
    • Text exploitability and task design.
    • Enhancing text comprehension.
    • Text in ESP/EAP and in CBI-CLIL.
  4. Text in translation and interpreting

    • Translation as text production.
    • Source text/target text relationship.
    • Specialised text in translation and interpreting.
    • Translation (mediation) as a language skill.

How to apply?

Papers are given 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion. Abstracts (up to 250 words) should be sent as .doc, .docx or .pdf files to contact@skillsconference.umcs.lublin.pl.

Please save the file under the following name: proposal_yoursurname_yourname. In the case of co-authored papers use the following format: proposal_surname1&surname2.

The proposals will be peer-reviewed and the notification of acceptance will be sent by 29th June 2014. We plan to publish a volume with selected papers with an international publisher.


The conference will take place in the main building of the Faculty of Humanities at Maria Curie-Skłodowska Square 4a in Lublin, Poland. The venue will host all plenary and other sessions. Meals and refreshments will also be served on the premises.


Participants are kindly requested to book their own accommodation. All the hotels listed below are within walking distance from the conference venue.

Note Special conference rates have been arranged in two hotels: the Huzar and the Mercure. More information about the rates can be found in the third circular.

  1. Hotel Huzar
    ul. Spadochroniarzy 9
  2. Hotel Mercure Lublin
    Al. Racławickie 12
  3. Hotel Europa
    ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 29
  4. Grand Hotel Lublinianka
    ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 56
  5. Hotel Campanile
    ul. Lubomelska 14-16
  6. Hotel Victoria
    ul. Narutowicza 58/60
  7. Hotel Mlyn
    Al. Racławickie 23a
  8. Hotel Logos
    ul. Akademicka 4

Registration details

The conference fee is 400 PLN (or 120€) for regular participants and 300 PLN (or 80€) for PhD and M.A. students. The fee must be paid by 7th July 2014. It covers organization costs, conference materials, meals, conference dinners and coffee breaks.

You should register by 22nd June 2014.


Please title your payment Language Skills 2014, your name and transfer money to one of the following accounts:

For payments in euros

Account number:
PL 78 1140 1094 0000 2905 1600 1047
Bank code:

For payments in PLN

Account number:
57 1140 1094 0000 2905 1600 1134

Note Payments cannot be refunded and payments on site cannot be accepted.

If you wish the invoice to be issued to the institution you are affiliated with, the payment needs to be made from the bank account of that institution. For payments made from a personal bank account, the invoice will be issued to the owner of the bank account.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at contact@skillsconference.umcs.lublin.pl

  • Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
    Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 5
    20-031, Lublin, Poland
  • John Paul II Catholic University
    Al. Racławickie 14
    20-950, Lublin, Poland