With more than 6,500 attendees, 1,000 education sessions, and 150 exhibits, the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo
is the largest professional development event in the TESOL field.
The convention offers professional development opportunities to English language educators at all levels from around the world. In lively interactive sessions, educators develop a global perspective through the exchange of ideas and practices. Participants integrate knowledge of current trends in the field while developing a professional network.
Annual Call for Session Proposals
The call for participation for the TESOL International Convention
is issued one year prior to the convention. The proposal deadline is usually around 1 June of that year. All proposals must be submitted online. Presenters are are usually notified about the status of their proposals in early October.
If you submitted a proposal for TESOL 2017, you will be notified of its status in early October.
English Language Expo
The English Language Expo, the largest of its kind, provides the opportunity to showcase your latest products, publications, software, and ESOL teaching tools to more than 6,500 international TESOL professionals.
Gain added exposure and stand out from competitors by combining TESOL’s advertising, sponsorship, and exhibiting opportunities and reach leaders in the profession—program directors, ESL/EFL instructors and educators, and most influential people throughout the field.
To ensure your success and increase your bottom line, we have created a dynamic exhibit hall, and an array of highly effective advertising and brand‑building opportunities to ensure maximum visibility. You are invited to be part of the most highly regarded and attended meeting of the year. Exhibiting information is available in May for the upcoming Expo.
Forums for Graduate Students at the TESOL Convention
TESOL offers two graduate student conferences the day before the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo: the Master's Student Forum
and the Doctoral Research Forum
. These forums enable students to
- Share their research results, teaching ideas and experiences, and teaching materials
- Meet and network with graduate students and faculty from other universities
- Participate in the TESOL convention without having to compete with experienced professionals for time on the convention program
- Gain experience organizing a conference, adjudicating proposals, and other professional activities
Calls for Proposals
For the 2017 forums, proposals are due 30 September 2016
Highlights and Handouts from TESOL 2016
Future Dates, Locations, and Host Affiliates
21–24 March 2017 Seattle, Washington, USA
, hosted by Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages (WAESOL)
27–30 March 2018 Chicago, Illinois, USA, hosted by Illinois TESOL/BE (ITBE)
12–15 March 2019 Atlanta, Georgia, USA, hosted by Georgia TESOL (GATESOL)
31 March–3 April 2020 Denver, Colorado, USA, hosted by Colorado TESOL (CoTESOL)
23–26 March 2021 Houston, Texas, USA, hosted by Texas TESOL IV (TexTESOLIV)
Past TESOL Conventions
Here is a list of dates and locations for past TESOL conventions