Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy

We are happy to inform that Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy is affiliated to IRA. Congratulations and best wishes to the association and thanks to all who were involved into the process.
Rūta Elijošaitytė and Rūta Kačkutė where the main engines. Global Affairs and Pehr Olof Rönnholm provided instrumental guidance. Special thanks to Amy Kuchner for constant and efficient support.
We are looking for a success of Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy  in IRA and IDEC family.
We are looking for more groups in European countries following Lithuanian example in establishing and affiliation process.

18th European Conference on Reading

Welcome to the 18th European Conference on Reading!
In Jönköping, Sweden, August 6-9, 2013

The Conference 2013 is held at the University of Jönköping. The university is located in the city centre with a walking distance to the rail station and the city centre.

The conference is arranged by SCIRA (Swedish Council of International Reading Association), in cooperation with School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University,  IDEC (International Reading Association’s International Development in Europe Committee) and FELA (Federation of European Literacy Associations)

Venue: School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University
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The Power of Water

A few days ago, I was invited to visit Pohnpei, Micronesia through pictures. I was truly masmerized by my friend’s description of a photo of her standing at the blow holes at Tonga and the power of the sea.

As a a life- long learner myself, non- native speaker of English, an EFL teacher, someone whose kids made snow tunnels this February, I felt a need to experience and google  concepts like lazy sting rays, puffer fish, coral reef, lagoon, snorkling and blow holes.

Since, I am in hospital now and have plenty of time, I continued my “visit” and listened to the concerns of the local people for the future of the islands in Micronesia.The cute, five or six- year old children  joyfully crossing the shallow water of the street, may have to permanently leave  their homes and islands, because they are being covered by the sea. The global warming again. How sad!