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TESOL /Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference

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2015 TALGS Conference in Greenville held by East Carolina University in the Rivers Building



TESOL and Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference


Schedule of Events






Registration and Check In East Carolina University Rivers Building Lobby



Paper Presentations



Rivers 269


Rivers 271








Issa A. Bidiar University of Memphis Perceptions and Realities of Learners’ Communicative Competence 


Communicative Competence


Nikki Logan University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Ways in which Teachers Structure Reading Instruction for Bilingual Students with Disabilities: A Case Study Analysis


Reading Instruction








Johanna M. Tigert University of Maryland Community Language School as a Site for Ethnolinguistic Identity Construction


Community Language Instruction/Sociolinguistics


Mark McAndrews Shantou University, Guangdong, China Attested Pronunciation Difficulties and Intelligibility Priorities of ESL Speakers from Three L1 Backgrounds








Coffee Break



Paper Presentations



Rivers 269


Rivers 271







Rana Halawani East Carolina University Teaching of English to Adult Refugees in Charlotte: An ESL Teacher’s Challenges and Perspectives


Community Language Instruction/Sociolinguistics



Paul Morin and Rai d'Honore East Carolina University Language Academy Crafting the Essential Components of Oral Communications Curricula


ESL Pedagogy




















Invited Presentations



Rivers 269


Rivers 271








Christine Nicodemus and Mark Johnson East Carolina University Testing a threshold: An Approximate Replication of Johnson, Mercado, and Acevedo (2012)


L2 Writing


Lida Cope

East Carolina University

Texas Czech Legacy Project



Sociolinguistics/Language Documentation





Rivers 226






William Grabe and Fredricka L. Stoller Northern Arizona University Busting Myths about L2 Reading and Reading Instruction






Lunch (Catered)



Guest Speaker

Celebrate the International Mother Tongue Day with us!





Rivers 226






Marta McCabe UNC Chapel Hill Heritage Languages in a 21st-Century America



Practical Workshops



Rivers 269


Rivers 271








Florence Michele Abbott East Carolina University When Cheap and Easy is a Good Thing: Creating Engaging, and Relevant Less-Stress Activities in a Multi-Level Classroom


ESL Pedagogy: Multiple-Proficiency Classrooms



Elizabeth Donnelly and Karrissa Ebert Pender County Schools, North Carolina and Duplin County Schools Using Higher Level Thinking Verbs to Scaffold Collaborative Teaching and Learning



ESL Pedagogy: Academic Language &Instructional Design





















Practical Workshops



Rivers 269


Rivers 271








Marilia Martins University of Southern Maine I Have a Preposition for You: Helping ELLs Deal with Prepositions


Grammar/Vocabulary Instruction


Luz Cadavid Greensboro College, North Carolina Improving Writing Skills Using Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies


L2 Writing Instruction








Kathryn McLaughlin-Rojas Lander University, South Carolina Improving Second Language Writers’ Article Use: An Interactive Workshop


Grammar/Vocabulary Instruction


Milena Jimenez Greensboro College, North Carolina Using Situation Comedies (sitcoms) to Improve Advanced Students’ Social Pragmatic Skills in the EFL Classroom


L2 Pragmatics Instruction






Coffee Break



Plenary Workshop



Rivers 226





Fredricka L. Stoller and William Grabe Northern Arizona University Techniques for Strategic-Reader Training







Closing Remarks


Awards for Exceptional Presentations