TexLER Student-Led Conference
The challenge is to raise funding to help support a student-run conference that promotes the collaboration of educators, students, and researchers in the field of language learning.
About the Conference
The 2019 Texas Language Education Research Conference (TexLER) is scheduled to be held on October 4th and 5th at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Downtown Campus. The theme for TexLER 2019 is “21st Century Literacies: Critical Approaches for Social Transformation. ” With this theme, TexLER 2019 aims to open scholarly dialogue through which we can examine pressing issues facing language education nationally and internationally. Likewise, we hope to envision ways to bring equity and social justice to the forefront in our field. In such an endeavor, your experience and expertise will constitute an unparalleled contribution that will benefit all fellow scholars and educators.
What Your Gifts Do
Financially giving to this conference helps provide opportunities for UTSA students to present their research and engage in efforts to improve educational practices for language learners. The ultimate goal for participants and presenters in TexLER is to promote equity for English language learners in our community and beyond. Money raised will go directly to fund the 2019 TexLER conference in October by paying for facilities and awards for students. Last year, three cash awards were given to students participating in the conference to help fund their research. We would like to continue this practice of supporting early scholars.
History of the Conference
TexLER was formerly held at the University of Texas at Austin for fifteen years, under its former name Texas Foreign Language Education Conference (TexFLEC). Since 2015, however, UTSA has had the honor of hosting this prestigious conference, whose purpose has historically been to bring together students, educators, and researchers to discuss their research findings and voice their concerns. UTSA graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Bicultural and Bilingual Studies and beyond work as a non-profit student organization throughout the entire academic year to prepare the conference. Since its conception 18 years ago, TexLER has grown from a small, local conference to a large academic event that has hosted prominent scholars such as Ana Celia Zentella, Deborah Palmer, Margarita Machado-Casas, Bonny Norton, Elaine Horowitz, Juliet Langman, and Wayne Wright. Equally important, over the past five years, we have had the honor of hosting attendees coming not only from Texas, but also from all over the United States and countries as far as Mexico, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Thailand, and Japan.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration! Supporting the 2019 TexLER Conference is a meaningful way to encourage current and future researchers who support equity for all people and all languages. Each supporter will receive a note of appreciation. Thank you!