Justification Toolkit

The Value of Attending the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

As an English language educator, you value attending the TESOL convention. Economic conditions of the past few years have caused many school districts, governments, and other organizations to slash travel and education budgets. To obtain the financial support you need from your employer, you will likely have to justify your attendance. To help you, TESOL has prepared the following resources.

General Information and Points to consider (see below)

Ways to Save

Expenses vs. Benefits

Justification Letter for Your Supervisor


General Information

As the largest convention focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo is the best place to get professional development in the field. Every year, more than 6,000 English language teaching professionals take advantage of this opportunity.

The 2014 TESOL convention offers more than 800 sessions (over 30,000 hours of learning) for attendees to choose from. You can attend as many sessions as you want, including keynote speaker sessions and invited speaker sessions, and if you register by 3 February 2014, the member rate is only $330 ($565 nonmembers). Over just four days, you can learn about the latest research in the field, current best-practices, and even pick-up a lesson plan or two, and you will have numerous opportunities to network with colleagues.

Talking Points

Here is a list of talking points that should help you get the approval you need.

  • With more than 800 sessions to choose from and the expo hall, it’s like getting an entire year’s worth of continuing education in just 4 days.
  • The knowledge and training that you will bring back to your job is a return on the investment.
  • You can share your new knowledge and training with your colleagues. This way, everyone in your workplace can benefit from your attendance.

To help you make your presentation, you can use the following resources:

You can get CEUs for attending the convention. TESOL partners with a local institution every year to get you CEUs for the Pre- and Postconvention Institutes, K-12 Day, and even the convention sessions. This argument is especially powerful if you are required to get a certain number of CEUs each year.
  • Remind your supervisor that there will be major and exclusive discounts on publications and other useful products from TESOL and other companies exhibiting at the convention.
  • Find a colleague who will cover for you during your time out of the office. Your supervisor will appreciate your initiative and will see you as very responsible.
  • By arriving early you can take advantage of full and half day preconvention workshops or K-12 Day for a small additional cost.