United Kingdom

Website: www.ukla.org

President: Alayne Öztürk: alayneozturk@gmail.com;
IDEC representative:  Henrietta Dombey, University of Brighton, UK  h.dombey@brighton.ac.uk

Forthcoming conferences:

UKLA was founded in 1963 as the United Kingdom Reading Association. In 2003 it changed its name to the United Kingdom Literacy Association, to reflect more accurately its wide range of concerns.  UKLA seeks, through education and advocacy, to promote good practice and research in language and literacy teaching, and to promote dialogue between the teaching, research and policy communities in order to support the development of good practice and policy.

UKLA runs an annual International Conference as well as National and Regional conferences and seminars. UKLA has several task groups responding to policy issues, and it has sub-committees promoting research, international relations, publications, conferences and awards. It has a strong publications section, with two refereed journals Literacy and Journal of Research in Reading. It also publishes English 4-11 (jointly with The English Association) and many books, position papers and practice and planning guides.  Details of all this can be seen on the website.

In July 2013 UKLA’s highly successful International Conference took place in Liverpool, England.  This year UKLA has continued to produce:

  • further titles in our useful Minibook series  – Reading Motivation and Engagement (Sarah McGeown), Talk for Reading (Claire Warner);
  • Continuing Professional Development pack Raising Standards through Innovations in English teaching (David Reedy and Eve Bearne);
  • publications in the ‘Ideas in Practice’ series,  Literacy and Community (Eve Bearne and Rebecca Kennedy), Planning for Innovation in English Teaching (Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges et al.), Building Communities of Readers (Teresa Cremin et al.)
  • a position paper and ‘Fact Cards’ on the Teaching of Writing, to inform debate on literacy education (UKLA’s Task Group on Primary Literacy, led by Henrietta Dombey).

UKLA’s next International Conference, our 50th, will be on 4-6 July 2014 at University of Sussex – a wonderful campus just outside the city of Brighton and close to some of the most beautiful countryside in England.  The conference theme will be: 50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change.

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