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TESOL Academy in Honduras Attracts More Than 200 Participants

by David Cutler | 07/24/2018
TESOL International Association recently held a very successful TESOL Academy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The two-day event, held 11–12 July 2018, attracted more than 200 participants from all over Central and South America. With the theme “Empowering TESOL Communities Through Collaboration,” the event was co-organized by the Honduran English Language Teachers Association and hosted at Universidad Technologica Centroamericana. It was TESOL’s first academy in Honduras.

TESOL President Luciana C. de Oliveira delivered the opening keynote. She spoke about the academy’s theme, asking participants to think about empowerment and what it meant to them, and how it felt to be a member of the TESOL community. De Oliveira also gave participants an overview of TESOL’s popular 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners. She connected TESOL’s Principle 6, “Engage and Collaborate within a Community of Practice,” to the academy’s theme by acknowledging the community that came together at the academy to develop their skills as English language educators.

The academy consisted of four workshops, each led by experts in the TESOL field: K–12 methodology, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), grammar, and action research. TESOL staff also played a critical role, with Professional Learning Coordinator Michelle Kim helping to oversee the program’s logistics. “This was the first-ever academy to be held in Honduras,” Kim noted, “so people were very excited and happy to have this opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts in the field.”

TESOL Academies provide intensive, hands-on training in a workshop format for a wide variety of TESOL practitioners. Academies usually start at noon on Friday and run through Saturday afternoon. For each Academy, TESOL collaborates with its local affiliate to develop workshops on key issues and areas of practice relevant to the local context.

For more information about TESOL Academies, please visit the TESOL website.

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