KentLingua Social Events:

We thank everyone who participated in the hike and dinner this past weekend!

Please visit this page again soon to learn about the next KentLingua social event!

KentLingua Professional Events:



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When: Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM                                                 

Virtual Platform: Zoom (event will be recorded)      

Florence Vigneau was born and raised in France. Her father is French, and her mother is Spanish. She grew up spending a lot of time in Spain and foreign languages were always an important part of her life. She studied French, Latin, and Spanish in middle school and Russian in high school.  Her grandparents were Spanish immigrants who flew the Franco regimen in the 1940s. Florence’s grandmother never spoke French and she recalls vividly her difficulties communicating in the country where she sought asylum. Her grandma’s experience stuck with her through the years, and she is happy to now be able to assist people facing the same struggles. 


Florence went to law school in Toulouse, France, and majored in Business Law and International Law. She immigrated to the USA in 1999 and started to work in the immigration field while at the same time legalizing her own status in this country. She instantly enjoyed the profession, as it t allows her to encounter people from all over the world, learn from their cultures and their journeys, and use her legal knowledge and language skills on a daily basis.  She believes that she does make difference in her clients' lives, and many of them bring something special to hers as well.


She is now working with Margaret W. Wong and Associates, LLC., an immigration law firm The headquarters of the law firm is based in Cleveland, Ohio. The firm has several locations in the USA, and she is based in Atlanta, GA.  Florence is the lead Legal Assistant of that office. She handles a huge variety of immigration cases, from Asylum applications to Juvenile Petitions, Employment and Family-Based Green Card Applications, Naturalizations and Investment Visas, and Immigration Court Proceedings. Her clients came from all continents. She is interacting with Spanish speakers, francophones, and anglophones daily. Her firm itself has a variety of employees and they can offer translation, interpreting, and legal services to most of our clients.

KentLingua is the organization of graduate students enrolled in the Institute of Applied Linguistics (IAL) at Kent State University, Ohio. The Institute is affiliated with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies (MCLS).

KentLingua LogoKentLingua's objectives include helping IAL graduate students make the most of the programs in which they are enrolled and acting as a liaison between students and the IAL. KentLingua seeks to meet these objectives through:

  • Mentoring of first-year graduate students by second-year students
  • Helping students obtain internships in language industry companies
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of current students and alumni
  • Ensuring ongoing communication between students and the IAL

KentLingua was officially recognized in September 2000. Its members are graduate students in translation, pedagogy, and literature. They come from around the world. Countries currently represented include Argentina, Benin, Bosnia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Haiti, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Japan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the USA, and Venezuela.