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TALGS Event Set for February

The ECU English Department will host the 6th Annual TALGS Conference Feb. 21, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bate Building.

This year’s theme is “Research Meets Practice & Practice Meets Research,” and the plenary speaker is Dr. Jodi Crandall, professor of ESOL/bilingual education and director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in language, literacy and culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Organized by linguistics and TESOL graduate students and faculty, the conference aims to provide a serious yet relaxed forum for graduate students and professionals to present their research or successful teaching practices, receive feedback and network. TALGS combines applied linguistics graduate students and graduate students studying TESOL – Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Organizers encourage submissions from students and professionals whose research and/or practice falls under the umbrella of applied linguistics and teaching English as a second or foreign language.

They welcome cross-disciplinary proposals with relevance to language use, language learning, and/or language teaching.

Those interested in submitting a proposal should do so by Dec. 7 through the TALGS Web site, available at Conference preregistration ends Jan. 18.

For additional information about the conference, visit the TALGS website or e-mail

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at