Research

TESOL is strongly committed to research as a way to advance the field of English language teaching (ELT) and learning and to inform classroom practice. This page highlights diverse resources on research in TESOL and opportunities for ELT researchers and practitioners from various areas of focus to get involved.

Call for Research Proposals

The TESOL Research Standing Committee is now accepting research proposals for 2015. Each award provides up to US$2500 for applicants who are currently working on research or would like to start research projects that are aligned with the TESOL Research Agenda.

For more information, including the link to submit your proposal, please read the 2015 Call for Research Proposals.

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. eastern time. Find the deadline in your time zone.

TESOL Research Agenda

TESOL’s Research Agenda is developed periodically by a task force appointed by the association's president. The task force asks TESOL members to provide input on current and emerging research trends and questions (theoretical and practical) in the field of English language teaching and learning. The agenda reports on these emerging trends and questions as a service to the field. It aims to stimulate discussion and create networking opportunities for TESOL members and other ELT professionals worldwide.

TESOL’s 2014 Research Agenda attempts to bridge the current gap between research and classroom practice. This latest agenda has been designed to raise interest in TESOL’s research direction as well as to bring researchers and practitioners together in the field of English language teaching.

The current agenda is available for download:

For an in depth look at our current Research Agenda, we invite you to view Implementing a Research Agenda, a 90-minute virtual seminar, presented by Christine Coombe and Dudley Reynolds on 29 April 2015.

Past agendas are also available for download:

TESOL Research Committee

The Research Committee monitors, evaluates, and encourages development of research-related informational, educational, and promotional activities for the association in coordination with the Serial Publications, Book Publications, Professional Development, and Convention Committees, key members of the Applied Linguistics Interest Section, and all other interest sections that may be involved in research activities.

TESOL Press Publications

TESOL Press, the publishing arm of TESOL International Association, supports excellence in the field of English language teaching by providing a full range of publications on the latest research. TESOL authors may be leading experts in the field, experienced researchers, classroom teachers, and students.

For a full list of TESOL publications, please visit the TESOL Bookstore.

TESOL Quarterly

TESOL Quarterly (TQ), a peer-reviewed professional journal, fosters inquiry into English language teaching and learning by providing a forum for TESOL professionals to share their research findings and explore ideas and relationships in the field. TQ's readership includes ESOL teacher educators, teacher learners, researchers, applied linguists, and ESOL teachers. TQ subscriptions are available to institutions and TESOL members for an additional fee.

TESOL Journal

TESOL Journal (TJ) is a refereed, practitioner-oriented electronic journal based on current theory and research in the field of TESOL. Articles enable an active and vibrant professional dialogue about research- and theory-based practices as well as practice-oriented theorizing and research. Subscriptions to TJ are a benefit of TESOL membership.

TESOL Award for Distinguished Research

Sponsored by the TOEFL Board of ETS, the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research recognizes excellence in any area of research on language teaching and learning. It is open to any author who has completed an empirical research project and a subsequent scholarly paper that was published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal during the award year.

Forums for TESOL Graduate Students

TESOL offers graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs an opportunity to participate in the Annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo without having to compete with established professionals.

The Master’s Student Forum and the Doctoral Student Forum are offered the day before the annual convention begins. They allow emerging professionals to share their research results and teaching experiences and network with other graduate students and faculty from other universities.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Student Forums webpage.

Other TESOL Research Resources

TESOL White Papers: Written by thought leaders in the field, TESOL White Papers propose research-based solutions to emerging issues in English language teaching and learning in contexts around the world. TESOL Education Programs: TESOL offers a wide variety of virtual seminars and online courses, as well as in-person events around the world. Members can access past virtual seminars, convention sessions, and other research-related resources through the TESOL Resource Center.

Research Resources Through Other Organizations

Learn more about other research issues in the field through the websites of the following organizations: