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TALGS Organizers Seek Proposals

The East Carolina University English Department is accepting proposals for the 7th Annual TALGS Conference, scheduled for Feb. 20, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bate Building on campus.

Organized by the linguistic and TESOL graduate students and faculty, the conference offers a serious, yet relaxed environment for graduate students and professionals to present their work, receive feedback and network.

Organizers welcome disciplinary and cross-disciplinary proposals with relevance to language use, language learning and/or teaching from a variety of fields such as English studies, discourse studies, foreign languages, anthropology, communication, sociolinguistics, psychology and sociology. 

Proposals reporting on action research inside and outside of the classroom, works in progress, successful teaching practices, pilot research, as well as proposals for discussion sessions and workshops are welcome.

Proposals should be submitted by Nov. 30 through the TALGS Web site at

This year's plenary speaker is Elaine E. Tarone, director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition and distinguished teaching professor in English as a second language at the University of Minnesota. Tarone will present, "Alphabetic Literacy Level and Oral L2 Processing, along with a discussion session on Exploring Learner Language for Teachers.

The discounted pre-registration deadline is Jan. 18, 2010; pre-registration ends Feb. 1.

Continuing Education Units for NC teachers will be available.

For additional information, visit the TALGS Web site or contact organizers at


This story appeared originally in the Oct. 15, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at