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TexFLEC 2014

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Fifteenth Annual

Texas Foreign Language Education Conference (TexFLEC)

February 14 and 15, 2014

College of Liberal Arts Building

The University of Texas at Austin

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.

This year’s conference will be a half day on Friday, February 14th and a full day on Saturday, February 15th.  The schedule will be published on this site as soon as it is confirmed.  Please check back for updated information as it becomes available.

Click here for the program and schedule. 


All attendees must register!


Advanvced registration is closed. 

On-site registration (check or money order only):

  • FLESA members: free
  • Current university students: $35
  • K-12 educators: $45
  • General admission: $65

Keynote Speakers:

Dwight Atkinson

Dr. Dwight Atkinson, Associate Professor, Purdue University

Dwight Atkinson is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Purdue University where he teaches courses in qualitative research, postmodernism, and second language acquisition. He has held positions at Temple University Japan, the University of Alabama, Auburn University and the University of Southern California teaching courses on Applied Linguistics, Second Language Education and TESOL.  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.

Dr. Atkinson received his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern California (1993).  He held a post-doctoral fellowship with the U.S. National Academy of Education in India where he conducted research on the learning of English by “out-caste” first-generation college students.  Past work has covered a wide variety of topics, from the history of medical and scientific research writing in English, to critiques of commonly used concepts in university writing instruction such as critical thinking and voice, to explorations of the concept of culture.


Dr. Veronica Sardegna, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Veronica Gabriela Sardegna is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focuses on learner autonomy, learning strategies, and second/foreign language learning and teaching. She is particularly interested in evaluating the effectiveness of using language learning strategies as well as instructional technology tools for autonomous language learning and teaching in the areas of English pronunciation, business writing, and oral communication. She also conducts research evaluating the effectiveness of teaching interventions for developing language skills and intercultural sensitivity. She is author of The Practiced Business Writer: An ESL/EFL Handbook(Briefings Media Group), board member of Tex-TESOL III, and Chair-Elect (2013-2014) for TESOL Speaking, Pronunciation, and Listening Interest Section (SPLIS). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a specialization in online teaching, and second language acquisition and teacher education. She teaches courses in English pronunciation teaching, methodology, technology for language learning and teaching, teaching culture, and second language acquisition.


Dr. Tom Garza, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin 

Professor Tom Garza teaches in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and is the director of the Texas Language Center. Garza's research on vampires was featured in the History Channel's docudrama, "Vampire Secrets," and in HBO's vampire documentary to launch the "True Blood" television series. Recent publications include: "Breakthrough! American English for Speakers of Russian," with Lapidus, Barchenkov and Tolkacheva, "Ne Trozh' Molodezh'! A Portrait of Urban Youthspeak and the Russian Language in The 21st Century" in Russian Language Journal, vol. 58, 2008, "From Aga Khan to Dim Sum: New Russia's Asian Appetite" in Ulbandus vol. 10, 2008, "Conservative Vanguard? The Politics of New Russia's Youth" in Current History, and "Getting from Gorbachev to Grunge: Constructing Ethnographic Portraits to Introduce Contemporary Russian Culture" in "The Learning and Teaching of Slavic Languages and Cultures," Olga Kagan and Benjamin Rifkin, editors.

TexFLEC is proudly sponsored by:

  • ESL Services and the International Office at UT Austin
  • The Foreign Language Education Student Association (FLESA) at UT Austin
  • The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin
  • The Department of French and Italian at UT Austin
  • The Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UT Austin
  • The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT Austin
  • The Texas Language Center (TLC) at UT Austin
  • Arabic Flagship Program 

More Information

Attendees interested in receiving continuing professional education (CPE) credits will be able to do so by picking up a form at the conference registration table.  A certificate with the number of CPE credits will be emailed in PDF form after the conference.  There will be opportunities to receive up to 15 hours of credit. 

Questions about the conference can be directed to

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