2009 Press Releases

TESOL Launches the TESOL Core Certificate Program (December 2009; PDF) 
TESOL announces the launch of the new 130-hour online TESOL Core Certificate Program. Designed and developed by TESOL experts, the program provides a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching, and is geared for current or prospective teachers or administrators worldwide with limited or no formal training in the field.

TESOL Board approves revision to Position Statement on Teaching EFL/EAL (November 2009; PDF)
At its recent meeting, the TESOL Board of Directors approved a revision to its position statement on teaching English as a foreign or additional language to young learners.

Franklin and TESOL Host First Global SpellEvent Championships (August 2009; PDF) 
Franklin Electronic Publishers Incorporated announces it will host its First Annual Global SpellEvent Championship in cooperation with TESOL on Monday, August 10, 2009 at the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York City. Seven countries will be represented at this first competition of its kind.

TESOL Supports the Rights of Deaf Learners (July 2009; PDF)
At its recent meeting, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), approved the association’s position in support of the rights of Deaf learners.

TESOL Revises Position on Independent Short-Term TESL/TEFL Certificate Programs (July 2009; PDF) 
At its recent meeting, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), approved a revision to the association’s position regarding independent short-term TESL/TEFL certificate programs. Typically a full-time intensive program or a series of part-time online courses running 4–6 weeks or longer, short-term TESL/TEFL certificate programs often serve as an entry-level credential to the field of English language teaching.

TESOL and Franklin Host First Global SpellEvent Tournament in Seoul, South Korea (April 2009; PDF) 
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US:FEP), a worldwide leader in providing language and related technology solutions and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), will kick off the first event of the Global SpellEvent on April 11, 2009 at Sookmyung University in Seoul, South Korea. The competition is designed for students fifteen years old and under who are learning English as a foreign or additional language in select countries outside of the United States.

TESOL Calls for Fairness in Program Reduction (PDF; April 2009) 
At its recent meeting, the Board of Directors of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), approved the association’s position on program reduction at institutions. Recognizing the fact that current economic conditions have caused some universities and post-secondary institutions to make program cut-backs, TESOL urges public policy makers and managers of educational institutions to exercise fairness and equity in administering program cuts and not unfairly target ESOL programs.

TESOL Issues Statement Against Bullying (PDF; April 2009) 
At its recent meeting, the Board of Directors of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), approved the association’s position statement opposing bullying and harassment.

TESOL States Position on English Entrance Exams at Colleges and Universities (PDF; April 2009) 
At its recent meeting, the Board of Directors of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), approved the association’s position on the use of English Entrance Exams at post-secondary institutions. As more countries are instituting language proficiency exams, TESOL urges against the practice of using such exams as sole criterion to determine entrance to education programs at the tertiary education level.

TESOL to honor Congressman Jared Polis at 2009 Denver Convention (March 2009; PDF) 
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), announces it will be honoring Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) at the opening plenary of its 43rd Annual Convention and Exhibit in Denver, Colorado, USA. Rep. Polis will be recognized for his leadership in advancing educational opportunities for immigrant students in Colorado.

TESOL "Forging New Pathways" in Denver, CO, March 26-28, 2009 (March 2009; PDF) 
With English becoming the language of global communication, where can one go to learn the latest developments in the field of English language teaching?—to the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA, March 26–28, when Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), hosts its 43rd Annual Convention and Exhibit.