• First Circular
  • The 2024 ICFSLA First Circular is available here.

  • Positive institutions, or “enabling institutions,” have been defined as “organizational structures that enable success and promote positive language learning environments” and “institutions that enable people to flourish” (MacIntyre & Mercer, 2014, pp. 154, 165) Together with emotions and individual characteristics, they are one of the main pillars of positive psychology, which has been currently heavily highlighted and promoted in the context of second language acquisition and foreign language learning. In this conference we would like to focus on all institutional frameworks which, in one way or another, support, facilitate and organise the process of learning/acquiring another language. This institutional support, whether formalised or informal, public or private, can take the form of communities, movements, organisations or even whole educational systems that promote positive language learning and teaching and contribute to their success. Positive institutions enable learners, teachers, and other members of the educational community to broaden their worldview, change ingrained mindsets, and identify personal strengths, capacity and virtues that might be easily transferrable into their everyday life (James & Seary, 2018). 

Plenary Speakers

Currently, we are happy to announce that the following scholars will present the keynote talks at the 35th ICFSLA conference:

Kata Csizér Wein (Eötvös Loránd University)

Melanie Ellis (Silesian University of Technology)

Steve Killick (University of South Wales)

Mirosław Pawlak (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe (University of the Basque Country)

Shuttle bus transfer

The Participants are welcome to use our university shuttle bus on Wednesday, 17th May 2023 (Katowice-Szczyrk) and/or on Saturday, 20th May 2023 (Szczyrk-Katowice). The exact departure time as well as the pickup spot will be announced later. The bus will take the participants from Katowice city centre (near the railway station) directly to the conference site in Szczyrk (Wednesday) and/or back (Saturday).

If you want to reserve a place on the bus, please do so by writing to the organisers at szczyrkconference2023@gmail.com by 10th April 2023 at the latest. We regret to inform that reservations made after that date will not guarantee a seat on the shuttle bus.

The Organizing Committee

Adam Wojtaszek

Katarzyna Papaja

Aleksandra Szymańska-Tworek

Looking forward to seeing you all in Szczyrk!

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The venue

Traditionally, the event is held in Szczyrk, a well-known (to many of you) resort town in the Beskidy Mountains of Southern Poland. The conference venue is the META Hotel. All conference participants can be accommodated there, but if for any reason you prefer to choose different accommodation or don't require any at all, please inform the organisers about it as soon as possible.