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LITASA 2024 Conference

Literacy learning across contexts: home - play - work 

 13 - 15 September 2024

University of Cape Town

Neville Alexander Building

Abstract Submission: 29 May 2024
Abstract Outcomes: 10 June 2024
Registration closure: 30 July 2024 


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Abstracts are invited for the 2024 LITASA conference which will take place in Cape Town from 13-15 September

Language and Literacy are acquired and stimulated optimally when language and literacy practices and skills are supported across contexts, namely: in homes, families, and communities, in children’s play, home-schooling, at school, and in post-schooling contexts. In their homes and communities children learn about the ways of talking, thinking and
behaving around texts which are valued and many other activities that form part of formal schooling and everyday life. Examples of these practices include informal reading, writing, art and performing arts. At school, teachers can draw on these - and other - practices to teach new skills. Engagement with language and literacy practices and skills does not need to stop after school has been completed as literacy practices and skills are also integral aspects of human development post-school. Literacy practices and skills are required and acquired at work and are part of a lifelong process of learning and of human and economic development. 

This conference looks beyond the binaries of literacy practices and skills, of languages and of settings. We invite submissions that discuss the different ways in which families and communities ‘do’ literacy and what this means for children as they move outside of their homes and local communities to participate in the wider, and sometimes very different, institutional literacy practices of other educational contexts. We invite submissions that explore the most effective literacy practices in schools. We hope these submissions can describe how early childhood specialists and school teachers can build on children’s existing literacies and support the transition children make as they adapt to new ways of doing literacy in different contexts. This capacity to adapt to new and different ways of doing literacy will also enable children to become citizens who can in time access the literacy practices which are part of the workplace, tertiary education, and other community institutions. Furthermore, the conference seeks to foster relationships and to show interdependence of the various contexts in developing literate communities. Finally, it also seeks to highlight
innovative research and initiatives at developing and sustaining engagements with literacy across these contexts.


Subthemes to be considered:

  • Play as literacy development (digital games/gamification, musical games/game songs games and imaginative play, narrative play, story play, drama)

  •  Literacy learning across contexts and activities

  • Storytelling as literacy development

  •  Skills and practices for literacy development

  • Technology and literacy development

  • Literacy development in the post schooling space

  • The role of literacy in building relationships

  • Expanding language and literacies repertoires

  • Literacy development for social change

  • Decolonising language and literacies practices


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The annual LITASA conference is the premier platform for those working in the literacy sector to connect, share knowledge and learn from each other. Exhibiting at the conference is a great way to meet members of our literacy community and introduce them to your innovations, products and services. We offer our exhibitors coverage on our website, social media and in -person platforms in the buildup, during the conference and beyond. 

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Delegate fees are as follows:


Non-member: R3100 | Member: R2700

NGO representative Non-member R1900 | NGO representative Member: R1500

Teacher Non-member: R1600 | Teacher member: R1200

Student registration: R650

International registration (Africa) R3300

International : $320

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Please note that the member discount will be applied during invoicing. Discount applies to only one of the three people registered under an institutional or school membership.

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Please note that the member discount will be applied during invoicing. Discount applies to only one of the three people registered under an institutional or school membership.

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Click here for a guide on the payment process for debit/credit cards, QR code and payments via the Post Office/Checkers/Shoprite. 


If you prefer to make payment via bank EFT, our banking details can be found below.

ACCOUNT NAME | Literacy Association of South Africa

BANK | Standard Bank

ACCOUNT NUMBER | 071816100

BRANCH | Constantia

BRANCH CODE | 025309

ACCOUNT TYPE | Business Current


IBAN NUMBER | 025309071816100


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For in-person conference attendance, a 10% cancellation fee applies up to 1 week before the conference, thereafter a 100% cancellation fee will apply.


No refunds will be given for non-attendance.

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