Growing up with Polish in Norway: what do we know and what is yet to be discovered – online conference

About the conferenceProgramme

Norway grants logo 3We are pleased to invite you for the online conference “Growing up with Polish in Norway: what do we know and what is yet to be discovered” which will take place on 4th of February 2021 from 10.15 to 16.30 (CET). 

The event will be the public inauguration of the PolskaNorski project (funded by Norway Funds (via National Science Center in Poland, GRIEG programme), which goal is to investigate the development of language skills and world knowledge in Polish-Norwegian multilingual children and their monolingual peers in Poland and Norway. 

The project will investigate the relationship between children’s language skills, world knowledge and the linguistic, cultural and educational environment in which they grow up. We will follow multilingual Polish-Norwegian children and majority speaking Norwegian and Polish children aged 2-6 years through four subprojects. You may find more information about the project here:

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers already involved in research related to PolkaNorski project, like Polish-Norwegian families/children or migrant children in Norway; Polish-Norwegian bilingualism and it’s linguistic, cultural, and social aspects. We hope to provide a virtual space for discussing theoretical issues on the topic and also to look for a way of transferring the research into the field to the immigrant community and professionals working in and with the community.

The conference is free of charge and open to everybody, but we kindly ask all participants to fill in the registration form below. The link to the conference venue will be sent only to registered participants.


The conference programme can be found in the next tab. 
For detailed programme with abstracts CLICK HERE



Ewa Komorowska (project manager):



University of Warsaw, Poland

Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

MultiLing, University of Oslo, Norway

in collaboration with Bilingualism Matters


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For detailed programme with abstracts CLICK HERE


Session one: 10: 15 – 11.20

chair: Ewa Komorowska, University of Warsaw, Poland

10.15-10.40: Introduction and PolkaNorski Presentation

Nina Gram Garmann,
Oslo Metropolitan University & MultiLing, University of Oslo, Norway

Ewa Haman
University of Warsaw, Poland

10.40-11.00:  Poles in Norway and local health providers

Halina Grzymała-Moszczyńska

Adam Anczyk
Agnieszka Krzysztof-Świderska
Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland

11.00-11.20:  Polish-Norwegian project (UAM/UiT/NTNU): Cross-linguistic influence in multilingualism across domains: Phonology and syntax

Magdalena Wrembel (and team)
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

11.20-11.30: Coffee break


Session two: 11:30 – 12:40

chair: Grzegorz Krajewski, University of Warsaw, Poland

11.30-11.50:  Polish children’s and caregivers’ encounters with the Norwegian ECEC

Alicja R. Sadownik

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

11.50-12.10:   Shared digital book reading with Polish/Norwegian dual language learners                                                                                         at home and in kindergarten

Katarzyna Tunkiel
University of Stavanger, Norway

Adriana Bus
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands & University of Stavanger, Norway

12.10-12.40: Discussion – moderating: Grzegorz Krajewski & Anna Sara Romøren

12.40-13.40: Lunch break


Session three: 13:40 – 15:10

chair: Anna Sara Romøren, Oslo Metropolitan University & MultiLing, University of Oslo

13.40-14.00:  Supporting dual language learning in early childhood education: teachers and parents collaborating

Vibeke Grøver
University of Oslo, Norway

14.00-14.20: Vocabulary and general language development in Polish-Norwegian and    Polish-English bilinguals

Pernille Hansen
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences & MultiLing, University of Oslo, Norway

Magdalena Łuniewska-Etenkowska
University of Warsaw, Poland

14:20-14:40: Polish and Norwegian vocabulary acquisition among three kindergarten children – results from CLT assessments

Maria-Rosa R. Doublet

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

14:40-15:10: Discussion – moderating: Anna Sara Romøren & Grzegorz Krajewski

15:10-15:25: Coffee break


Session four: 15:25 – 16:30

15:25-16:10: Workshop: Transforming academic jargon into plain language

Bilingualism Matters:

Katarzyna Przybycien

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Zofia Wodniecka
Joanna Durlik-Marcinowska
Paulina Szydłowska-Klakla

Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

Natalia Mitrofanova
The Arctic University of Norway

16.10-16.30:  Summary and pointing to the future

                    PolkaNorski Team


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