TESOL Member Resolution on the Needs of Refugee Populations in English-Speaking Countries (1981)

Whereas the number of refugees from all parts of the world who have entered English-speaking countries has been on the increase during the past five years, and

Whereas this number will probably continue to grow over the next few years, and

Whereas our experience clearly demonstrates the need of such refugees for appropriate language instruction, and

Whereas TESOL is dedicated, among other activities, to the provision of high quality ESL teaching to various populations of speakers of other languages including refugees, to the training of teachers in programs for such populations, and to the development and improvement of materials and other resources for such populations;

Be it Therefore Resolved that TESOL take special cognizance of the urgent linguistics, cultural, and social needs of such refugee populations and that, as evidence of that special recognition, the President of TESOL create a special task force; as soon after the passage of this resolution as feasible, for the purpose of supplementing the work of existing bodies in English-speaking countries in the coordination of information concerning:

1. Language learning program design, materials, and other resources for this special population;

2. The design of teacher training programs for this populations;

3. The monitoring of governmental policies and funding for refugees; and

4. The general raising of professional awareness of the problems of this unique population; and

Be it Further Resolved that the Executive Committee of TESOL make funds available for the work of this task force.

1981 TESOL Convention
Detroit, Michigan USA

Note: This member resolution was voted upon during the annual business meeting of the association in 1981. Resolutions passed at the annual business meetings of the membership are not official policy of the association. The resolutions need a vote of approval by the Board of Directors.

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