TESOL Member Resolution to Promote AIDS Education, through Content-Based ESOL Instruction (1992)

Whereas the number of AIDS cases is rapidly increasing worldwide, and

Whereas the public health education effort has been unable to control the rate of increase in AIDS throughout the world, and

Whereas language minority people in all risk categories in countries where English is the dominant language are less well-informed about, and therefore more vulnerable to, AIDS because of their linguistic and economic remove from mainstream AIDS education programs, and

Whereas education is presently the only defense against HIV infection, and

Whereas integration of AIDS education into the ESOL curriculum can enhance our students' language learning experience by providing them content-rich language instruction essential to the preservation of their health and the health of their communities, and

Whereas TESOL has formed, within its Sociopolitical Concerns Committee, a subcommittee on AIDS education, whose work includes identifying, producing, and disseminating effective AIDS education materials and strategies, and working with the TESOL membership and with other professional organizations and agencies to further AIDS prevention education among ESOL students and their communities;

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of TESOL that recommending that the affiliates work with their government agencies to approve certification procedures/programs which reflect the differences in instruction of the English language and content areas for native speakers and for nonnative speakers of English;

1. TESOL promote AIDS prevention instruction aimed at ESOL students, their parents, and other adolescents and adults, particularly in communities with high concentrations of people with AIDS;

2. TESOL promote the integration of this instruction into the ESOL curriculum; and

3. TESOL collaborate with other organizations and agencies to advance these goals.

1992 TESOL Convention
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Note: This member resolution was voted upon during the annual business meeting of the association in 1992. 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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