Research

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

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 Conference Committees, key members of the Applied Linguistics Interest Section, and all other interest sections that may be involved in research activities.

For more information on the Research Committee and other TESOL standing committees, please visit the About TESOL section of the website.

TESOL Research Agenda

TESOL ’s Research Agenda is developed by a task force appointed by TESOL’s president. The agenda identifies the most important current and emerging research topics, priorities, questions, practices, and resources with the aim of stimulating discussion and networking opportunities for TESOL members and other professionals worldwide.

TESOL’s past agendas area available for download:

2014 Research Agenda

The Research Agenda Task Force sent out a survey in October 2013 for members to provide input on current and emerging research trends and questions (theoretical and/or practical) in the TESOL field. They released the 2014 Research Agenda in March 2014.

To read and comment on the 2014 Research Agenda, please visit the TESOL Resource Center.

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 in English language teaching and learning. TESOL authors may be leading experts in the field, experienced researchers, classroom teachers, and even students.

For recent books as well as a full list of TESOL publications, please visit the TESOL Bookstore.

TESOL Quarterly

TESOL Quarterly (TQ), a blind refereed 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.

For more information on TESOL Quarterly, please visit the TQ webpage.

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.

For more information on TESOL Journal, please visit the TJ webpage.

TESOL Award for Distinguished Research

Sponsored by the TOEFL Board of ETS, this award 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.

For more information on the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research, please visit the TESOL Awards for Excellence and Service webpage.

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: