TALFL 2014 Online Submission Form

The Department of Languages and Cultures at West Chester University
Fifth TESOL/Applied Linguistics/Foreign Languages (TALFL) Conference

Promoting Student Engagement among Language Learners
March 8, 2014
Graduate Business Center
West Chester University
West Chester, PA, USA

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 2014 TALFL conference. Below you will see the types of presentations for the TALFL conference. If you have any questions about these types, or if you are not sure which type your proposal fits, please email the conference co-chair Esther Smidt at (csmidt@wcupa.edu).

Suggested Topics for Sessions

Teachers generally recognize that engagement is fundamental to language learning, but many face the challenge of how to engage students effectively in language learning tasks. This year’s TALFL Conference is designed to provide a platform for an exchange of views and sharing experiences on the teaching practices that promote language learners’ engagement in the classroom. The conference welcomes presentations that address students’ needs and teachers’ actions that enhance engagement practices.

The topic of student engagement can be examined in a wide range of areas of language learning, including (though not limited to) teaching methodology, materials development, assessment and learning, and technology.

Proposals are invited for the following categories:

    Papers

    Papers are presentations by one or more authors. Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion.

    Poster presentations

    Poster presentations are designed to depict a topic by means of pictures and brief notes. Many possible topics suitable for posters can be pursued, from research notes to a detailed lesson plan. For example, a language learning field trip for students could be depicted with pictures, maps, and samples of materials. Posters will be on display during a set time to be announced later. Presenters will be expected to remain at the presentation site (a bulletin board) in order to discuss their topics with attendees.

    Undergraduate and Graduate Research Forum

    Students are invited to discuss their research projects with conference attendees. Three students with similar topics will be scheduled for one concurrent session; each presenter will talk. Proposals may be from individual students or from a group interested in working together.

    Demonstrations

    Demonstrations involve substantial audience participation, such as the actual doing of a task or series of tasks. For example, the presenter(s) could simulate the steps in the actual performance of language learning by having the audience participate in a lesson. Presentation time for demonstrations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion.

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