Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Jerome Williams
109 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

The Department of Languages and Cultures in Colloboration with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) are pleased to host the

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

Proposals are due January 27, 2014

Proposals are now being sought for the fifth TESOL/Applied Linguistics/ Foreign Languages (TALFL) Conference on promoting student engagement among language learners. Proposals of practical, empirical, and/or theoretical work which address or demonstrate the topic are invited.

Conference Theme

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.

Keynote Speaker

Cindy Barnes

C Barnes


“Practical Approaches to Engaging Language Learners in our Schools.”


Cindy Barnes is the supervisor of the English Language Learners Program for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. She has taught ELL students in grades K-12 for the past ten years. Along with teaching for the DCIU, Cindy also served as the professional development specialist, providing in-service programs and presentations designed to assist schools throughout Delaware County in providing quality education for English Language Learners. Prior to working for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, she lived in Honduras, Central America, where she taught English at a bilingual school. She holds a Masters in TESOL from West Chester University and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.


Proposals are invited for the following categories:

  • Papers: Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion.
  • Demonstrations: Demonstration presentation involves substantial audience participation. Demonstrations involve the actual doing of a task, or series of tasks. (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A)
  • Poster Presentations: Posters will be on display during a set time to be announced later.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Research Forum: Students are invited to discuss their research projects with conference attendees.


TALFL 2014 Online Submission Form

Foreign Language TALF Link Code


Click on the following link to register for this event


Previous TALFL Meetings

TALF 2011