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Conference announcement and call for papers

The Texas Foreign Language Education Conference (TexFLEC) at The University of Texas at Austin is an annual conference that brings together researchers, educators, and students in the fields of foreign language education, TEFL/TESL (Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language), linguistics, and applied linguistics. TexFLEC provides conference participants with the opportunity to share diverse up-to-date ideas.

Bridging the gap between research and practice is an inevitable challenge in the field of foreign/second language pedagogy. TexFLEC unites scholars and educators from diverse contexts who strive to connect research findings to classroom practices, thus shaping the future direction of language education. TexFLEC welcomes research studies and practice-oriented presentations that clearly establish strong connections between theory and practice in diverse contexts. Our goal is to offer an interdisciplinary forum for all those interested in research findings with implications for the classroom as well as those interested in pedagogical approaches to language learning grounded on empirical findings.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dwight Atkinson, Associate Professor, Purdue University. He is the editor of Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (2011) and author of the book’s sixth chapter focused on his sociocognitive theory of SLA. The chapter’s subtitle “How mind, body, and world work together in learning additional languages” gives a taste of the sociocognitive approach.

Questions about the conference can be directed to For information about submitting a proposal for a conference presentation, visit

Submitted by Jenna Oconnor, University of texas