Mons 2011

Welcome !

We invite you to attend the 17th European Conference on Reading in Mons, Belgium, July 31 > August 3, 2011.

The theme of the Conference, Literacy and Diversity, refers to literacy as an expression of diversity, the expression of diversity in literacy, the diversity of cultures, languages, theories, methods and practices which thrive in the field… It is also a reference to the European Union motto : United in diversity.

Languages of the conference

The working languages of the Conference are English and French. Presentations in any European language are welcome. Non-English speaking presenters may provide to their audience an English version of their handout or an English Powerpoint to facilitate communication.
Conference venue

The venue is University of Mons, Belgium.

Because of the presence of SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) 6 kilometres from Mons, transport options are excellent. Mons is just one hour by direct train shuttle from Brussels National Airport, or by TGV (fast speed train) from Paris, and 50 min. by regional train from Charleroi Brussels-South Airport.


  • July 2009 First Announcement
  • May 2010 Second Announcement / Proposal Form
  • November 15, 2010 Deadline for submission of proposals
  • January 15, 2011 Notification of acceptance
  • April 30, 2011 Deadline for early registration

Persons submitting a proposal are asked to indicate one of the following subthemes on their abstract, and on their proposal form:

  • Early Intervention Programmes
  • Family Literacy
  • Technology and Literacy
  • Literacy and Democracy
  • Reading Difficulties and Disabilities
  • Oral Language and Literacy
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Literacy
  • Writing Development & Processes
  • Assessment
  • Teacher Education and Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Libraries and Literacy
  • Reading Teachers and Teaching Strategies
  • Schools Where Literacy Thrives
  • Cooperation in Literacy among European Countries
  • Adult Literacy
  • Free Papers

Presentation formats

Presenters may apply to present a paper presentation, a symposium, a round table, or a poster.

Details are as follows:
Paper presentation

A paper may feature significant theoretical reviews, research studies in areas of emergent or innovative educational practice, case studies, evaluations or projects. The Programme Committee will group two or three papers in one session, according to their topic and/or the language of the presentation.

A presenter is allocated 30 minutes: 20 minutes for presentation, and 10 minutes for discussion.


This is a session organised by the person submitting the symposium proposal. It allows several speakers to present on a common topic and then engage in interaction with each other and with the audience. Length: 90 minutes. Reserve 15 minutes for discussion. If required, presenters may apply for more than one session.

Round Table Discussion

A paper is presented in some detail by one or more presenters and discussed with a small audience. This format is appropriate for papers addressing topics best pursued through in-depth discussion. Length: 45 minutes.

The organiser conducts activities in which participants will learn about a certain approach or tools. Formal presentation is kept to a minimum. Length: 45 minutes.

Poster Presentation

A visual display is prepared in order to present a study, a project, an experiment etc. The presenter stands next to the poster and discusses the work in an individualised and informal way. Length: 45 minutes. Size of the posters: 80 cm x 120 cm.

Conference proceedings
BELFRA plans to publish an edited CD-ROM of papers delivered at the 17th European Conference on Reading. Presenters are invited to contribute a chapter to the publication. We would like to receive your papers by November 15, 2011.

These papers will be peer reviewed. If the language you will use is not your first language, we strongly suggest that you consult an expert to edit and proof your paper before submission. BELFRA reserves the right to copy-edit all papers submitted for publication. Any substantive changes that are required will be carried out in consultation with the author(s).

Presenters submitting a paper should do so on the understanding that copyright in the paper (chapter), including the right to translate and reproduce the paper, shall be assigned to BELFRA, who will not refuse any reasonable request by the author/s for permission to reproduce any or all of their contributions elsewhere. Some texts, already published on the CD-ROM, will be selected by a reading committee (IDEC and BELFRA members), translated into French if needed, and published in one of the journals of BELFRA – Caractères (paper quarterly) or Lettrure (online – – in bilingual versions for the translated texts).

Preparing your manuscript

Contributions should be submitted electronically to in a .doc format file. Contributions should not exceed 2500 words in length.

Style and presentation should be consistent with the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Edition). But use sentence-style case in your English headlines (just capitalize the first word and proper names).

Manuscripts should be single-spaced throughout in a 12-point font (Times), including quotations and references. Headings and subheadings should be liberally and correctly used to indicate the organization of the manuscript.

Graphics, such as charts, tables, and photographs (when appropriate), are acceptable and should be uploaded as .tif or .jpg files. Such material must make a significant contribution to the clarity of presentation. These files should be given appropriate designation (table, figure, image).

A cover letter must include your name and affiliation (as you would have them published) and your mailing and e-mail addresses. Any coauthors should be listed in preferred order with name, affiliation, and contact information. If acknowledgment is to be given for research grants, it should appear as a separate note at the bottom of your cover letter.


Presenters are advised that each session room will be equipped with the following IT/AV equipment:

  • Laptop PC (powerpoint 2010)
  • Data projector and screen

Possibility to connect audio speakers : if need be, please contact the help desk before your session.

The amphitheatres Van Gogh, Curie, Gütenberg, Vesale 20, 23, 25 are equipped with DVD players. The DVD must be in PAL format.

There is only a WI-FI access to the Internet in the 3 great amplitheatres:

  • Van Gogh
  • Curie
  • Gütenberg

Code provided in the programme.
Presenters may not plug their own laptop into the conference data projectors.

All presenters are responsible for ensuring that their presentation is compatible with the software powerpoint 2010.

Additional software may not be installed by users.

Presenters are advised to arrive at sessions in good time to copy their presentation onto the laptop, and to check that it works correctly.

Please contact the conference helpdesk (reception desk) for assistance.

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