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First National Conference on the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Tucson, Arizona, 6–9 May 1964

On 6–9 May 1964, the first conference on the teaching of ESOL took place in Tucson, Arizona attracting more than 700 participants, far more than expected.

At a meeting on 9 May of representatives of the sponsoring organizations, it was agreed that although the conference had been timely, any move toward the establishment of an independent association would be premature. Further, the agreement to call a similar conference in 1965, cosponsored by the same organizations, was confirmed.

At the general business session on that same day, one of the first questions asked by a participant was about the possibility of an association for teachers of English as a second language. The chair gave a brief account of the agreements reached by the representatives of the sponsoring organizations. Similarly, the question of a journal and other publication On Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Series 1), edited by Virginia French Allen and containing papers read at the Tucson conference, was a result of the conference.

Conference Meeting in Chicago, 6 August 1964