11th Annual Conference
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Organized by the Linguistics and TESOL graduate students and faculty, TALGS aims to provide a serious but relaxed environment for graduate students and professionals working in TESL/TEFL/FL and a variety of applied linguistics fields to present their work, receive feedback, and network. The TALGS Conference provides graduate students as well as TESOL and other Foreign Language professionals (including ESOL, TESL, EFL, ESL, TEFL, Spanish, French, German, DLI, etc.) a forum to showcase their research and successful teaching practices. TALGS is committed to bettering the educational experiences of language learners in the community by providing a comfortable environment where an interaction between theory/research and practice/teaching is possible. For the first time, TALGS was hosted by Western Carolina University in February 2012. Our collaboration will continue with TALGS 2013 held at ECU and TALGS 2014 once again hosted by WCU. Please visit ECU's TALGS website for additional information.
Annual TALGS Keynote Speaker for 2014
Dr. Sarah Rilling
Sarah Rilling, Associate Professor of English at Kent State University, teaches courses in ESOL methodologies, literacies, and English as an international language. She earned degrees in German (BA, MAT), TESOL (MA), and Applied Linguistics (PhD) and has taught English and applied linguistics in the US, Japan, and Germany. She has worked with ESOL teachers in NE Ohio earning degrees, and endorsement since 2002 and licensure since 2006. She also contributes to improving resources for area teachers in meeting learner and institutional needs. Recently, she served a multidistrict Common Core initiative with language arts teachers at all levels in NE Ohio, culminating in a summer, week-long series of workshops supporting group development of curriculum to meet state standards and local needs.