Biltmore Park site to host Feb. 15 TESOL conference

Western Carolina University’s graduate program in teaching English to speakers of other languages will host a conference for students and professionals in the field at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in February.

The daylong conference is designed to provide opportunities for graduate students and professionals working in fields such as teaching English as a second or foreign language, foreign languages and a variety of applied linguistics areas to present their work, receive feedback and network with others, said Eleanor Petrone, assistant professor of English and director of the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program at WCU.

The 11th annual TALGS Conference (TALGS stands for TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students) will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

Organized by WCU’s graduate program in TESOL and East Carolina University’s linguistics and TESOL graduate students and faculty, the conference will serve as a forum where students, faculty and professionals can showcase their research and successful teaching practices, Petrone said.

“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,” she said.

Sarah Rilling, associate professor of English at Kent State University, where she teaches courses in TESOL methodologies and English as an international language, will deliver the keynote address.

Conference organizers are seeking proposals from prospective presenters. Deadline for submission is Sunday, Dec. 1.

For more information, contact Petrone by email at or by telephone at 828-227-3928.