Students & Alumni
Visit the following links to learn more about National, Regional and State Conferences:
- American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
- Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
- Georgetown University Roundtable (GURT)
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Students are also welcome to participate in conferences in other ways, such as:
- Attending sessions
- Volunteering to work at the conference
- Volunteering to review proposals
- Volunteering to serve as an officer in an Interest Section
- Contributing articles to an IS newsletter
- Participating in a swap shop
- Presenting a poster
- Presenting a research report
- Organizing a panel
- Presenting a paper or demonstration
- Delivering a workshop
How to increase your chances of getting your proposal accepted:
- Pitch your proposal to the conference theme
- Check out topics from the previous year’s conference (often available online)
- Put yourself in the place of the session attendees (what kind of session would YOU attend)
- Partner with a colleague (collaboration is smiled upon by conference organizers)
- Follow instructions carefully (guidelines are online)
- Ask someone whose proposal was accepted previously to share a copy with you
- Don’t miss the submission deadline
- Proofread (or have someone else proofread) your proposal
Did you know that…
- Airfare will be the least of your expenses. Hotel rooms cost about $100/day, but you can get 3-4 people to a room if you make certain accommodations.
- USF offers travel grants for graduate students. TESOL and other national conferences usually have travel awards for students as well.
- The student conference registration fee is almost always much less than the regular registration fee.
- Most conferences have “early bird specials.” If you register early, you will get a discount on the fee.
- You can often pick up free texts and other materials on the very last day of the conference. Publishers don’t like to pack up and ship all their materials back to the home office.