Position Statement of the TESOL Board on Language Varieties (October 1996)

As an international association that recognizes and values cultural and linguistic diversity, TESOL encourages the recognition and appreciation of all varieties of English, including dialects, creoles, and World Englishes; recognizes the desirability of bi- and multidialectism, as well as bi- and multilingualism; promotes discussion and information dissemination regarding language varieties; advocates for dialect-fair assessment instruments and placement for students; and views positively the development of curricula that encourage awareness of language variation.

This statement was approved by the TESOL Board of Directors in October 1996.