Department of English News

2011 TALGS Conference Articles/Photos

TALGS Articles/Images? From Spring 2011

The 8th Annual TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students (TALGS) Conference, held at East Carolina University on Saturday, February 19, 2011, welcomed graduate students and professionals alike to share their ideas and practices about TESOL and other aspects of applied linguistics. This conference, which is organized by the Linguistics and TESOL graduate students and faculty in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, “aims to provide a serious yet relaxed environment for graduate students and professionals to present their work, receive feedback, and network”, according to their website.

In addition to a variety of presentations and posters (link to Austin’s interviews here or TALGS website), I had the opportunity to interview keynote speaker, Dr. Ofelia García, who talked about her research, how she came to the field, and common misconceptions about bilingualism. I also had the pleasure of attending Dr. García’s plenary address entitled Negotiating Bilingualism in Education: Deconstructing structures and pedagogies”, which was an eye-opening discussion on language policies and emergent bilinguals education.

For more information on the TALGS conference:  including abstracts, past conferences, and their recent partnership with Western Carolina University, please see the TALGS website.

Amber Bone