TESOL Success Stories

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, TESOL International Association recognizes teacher and student success stories. Your stories show the impact that TESOL teachers can have on their students and the impact that students can have on the world.

The stories listed below were chose by the 50th Anniversary Team. The stories will also appear in TESOL Connections, the English Language Bulletin, and other TESOL publications. Some story authors may also be asked to do a blog post, or TESOL may ask to interview subjects and writers for a feature or a podcast.

Please feel free to share the stories with your students and colleagues.

Selected Success Stories

Xenia's Story and Mike's Story
Submitted by Xenia Metaxa, adjunct professor, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and academic director, XTMPI Private Institute, Limassol, Cyprus.

​The Story of Jean Blain

Submitted by Susan Matson, director of teacher training and development, ELS Educational Services, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

The Story of Divine Tsasa
Submitted by Rejane McCorkel, ELL teacher, Francis Hammond Middle School, Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Groping in the Dark

Submitted by Gladys Focho, EFL teacher, and faculty officer, Faculty of Science, University of Bamenda, Cameroon

The Story of Arifa
Submitted by Lisa G. Currie, adjunct professor of ESL and developmental English, Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, Virginia, USA

The Story of Giana Salomon
Submitted by Hillary Gardner, director, Center for Immigrant Education and Training and the New York City Welcome Back Center, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, New York, USA