TESOL 2019 Strand Descriptions

All proposals are evaluated by TESOL members who are trained proposal readers working in conjunction with the strand and assistant coordinators and the Conferences Professional Council. When you fill out your proposal, please choose the most appropriate strand to receive your proposal. Please note that a proposal submitted to an inappropriate strand has little chance of acceptance.

If you have any questions, please contact TESOL Conference Services.

What Are Strands?

The term "strand" refers to a narrowly defined content area of inquiry and practice that is used to facilitate the proposal submission and review process. Proposals to any strand can focus on issues, theories, processes, practices, products, and consequences related to the specific content area.

Which Strand Should I Choose?

To determine which strand best corresponds to your proposal, please read the descriptions below. Please choose the one strand that represents your proposal's content. (If you submit more than one proposal, choose one strand for each proposal.) The strand you choose will appear in the Convention Program Book, the desktop planner, and the mobile app.

Please note that the lists of possible presentation topics are not meant to be exhaustive.

You can download the TESOL 2019 Strand Descriptions here.

Advocacy and Social Justice

Notions of advocacy and social justice as directly relevant to English learners, teachers, teaching, and the broader field of English language education in a wide variety of educational settings.

Possible presentation topics:
  • social responsibility
  • world citizenship
  • global issues (e.g., peace, human rights, and the environment) in relation to language education
  • language policy and planning (with a specific focus on advocacy)
  • issues related to (in)equity, discrimination, idealization, and marginalization in TESOL (in relation to NESTs and NNESTs)
  • refugee concerns
  • bilingual/multilingual/translingual education
  • multicultural understanding through (English) education, critical studies, and critical pedagogy.

Applied Linguistics

Theory and research as applied to addressing challenges and/or problems in TESOL professional practice with an ultimate goal of enhancing language teaching, learning, and communication.

Possible presentation topics:
  • second language acquisition (SLA)
  • educational linguistics
  • corpus linguistics
  • pragmatics
  • sociolinguistics
  • raciolinguistics
  • psycholinguistics
  • phonetics/phonology
  • translation and interpretation
  • knowledge about language/linguistics
  • English as an international language
  • English as a lingua franca
  • world or global Englishes

Content and Language-Integrated Approaches

Instruction that is based on the integration of content or that follows special ways, purposes, or domains to achieve target language goals.

Possible presentation topics:
  • content-based instruction (CBI)
  • content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
  • task- and project-based language teaching (TBLT/PBLT)
  • English for specific purposes (ESP)
  • English as a medium of instruction (EMI)

Culture and Intercultural Communication

Language and culture in intercultural communication situations as they relate specifically to second language teaching, learning, and teacher education.

Possible presentation topics:
  • intercultural understanding and communication
  • cultural studies
  • language socialization
  • language ideologies
  • intercultural pragmatics
  • the bidirectional relationship between (English) language and culture

Digital Learning and Technologies

Issues related to language teaching, learning, and digital technologies.

Possible presentation topics:
  • video and digital media
  • online learning and teaching
  • online course design
  • computer/mobile-assisted language learning (CALL/MALL)
  • computer-mediated communication (CMC)
  • computer-mediated communication (CMC)
  • massive open online courses (MOOCs)
  • massive multiplayer online games (MMPOGs)
  • virtual worlds
  • Web 2.0 tools
  • social networking sites (SNSs)
  • (online) multimodal projects
  • blended/hybrid settings for language learning and teaching

Language Assessment

Second language testing, assessment, and evaluation as linked to policy and practice in TESOL.

Possible presentation topics:
  • kinds of tests and testing (diagnostic, placement, progress, proficiency, internal/external, objective/subjective, summative/formative/alternative, small/large-scale, [non-]standardized, etc.)
  • qualities of tests and testing (issues of validity, reliability, fairness, practicality, authenticity, washback, impact, and consequences)
  • evidence-based decision-making in educational settings, computer-assisted and computer-adapted language testing (CAT)
  • assessment of individual second language skills, test validation, specific constructs in testing (e.g., proficiency, fluency, competence, etc.)
  • dynamic assessment

Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation

Acquiring, processing, teaching, and using second language pronunciation, speaking, and listening skills.

Possible presentation topics:
  • teaching of English pronunciation (e.g., segmentals, suprasegmentals, etc.)
  • development/evaluation of pronunciation, speaking, and listening materials
  • methods of delivery of instruction in pronunciation, speaking, and listening
  • integrated teaching of pronunciation, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication

Materials Development and Publishing

Development, design, publication, and distribution of instructional materials (e.g., workbooks, textbooks, guides, audiovisual sources, software, websites, apps, etc.) that support teaching and learning of English as an additional language, as well as a range of issues related to publishing and materials writing professionals.

Possible presentation topics:
  • selection, evaluation, and adaptation of instructional materials
  • authenticity
  • curricular issues
  • needs analysis
  • audiovisual design
  • task design
  • visual design
  • computer- and web-based materials
  • materials for individual/integrated skill development
  • integrating research into published materials
  • teachers as material writers
  • self- or commercial publishing
  • legal issues
  • materials for ESP

Personal and Professional Development and Continuing Teacher Learning 

Personal and continuing professional development of teachers in diverse teaching settings around the world and teacher educators who work with teachers therein.

Possible presentation topics:
  • reflective practice
  • teacher identity and classroom-based/action/practitioner research in/for continuing teacher learning
  • continuing education and professional development
  • career planning, job searching, advancement, or retirement
  • collaborative partnerships and communities of practice
  • involvement and leadership in professional associations
  • consulting and freelancing
  • emotional labor and job satisfaction

Program Administration and Evaluation

Program administration and educational curriculum development as well as the specific needs of those who are involved or interested in educational leadership, management, and curriculum development in language teaching and teacher organizations.

Possible presentation topics:
  • professional and ethical administration and management of language teaching institutions
  • issues related to professionalism in hiring and workplace settings
  • the interplay between educational curriculum and individual student needs and interests
  • program and curriculum development and evaluation
  • stakeholder issues in program administration (e.g., managers/directors, school owners, coordinators, curriculum developers, supervisors, principals)

Reading, Writing, and Literacy

Mastering, processing, teaching, and using second language reading and writing skills, as well as issues related to literacy.

Possible presentation topics:
  • reading/writing development, assessment, and integration
  • voice and identity in literacy
  • intensive/extensive reading
  • assessment of reading/writing skills, and texts
  • multiliteracies
  • literacy in digital world
  • translanguaging
  • writing across the curriculum or in the disciplines
  • response to writing

Teacher Education and Teacher Learning

Educating, preparing, and engaging in initial professional development of teachers who (aspire to) work with English learners in diverse teaching settings around the world, and teacher educators who work with teachers therein.

Possible presentation topics:
  • teacher education for a wide variety of settings (pre-elementary, elementary, secondary, post-secondary, etc.)
  • critical language teacher education
  • critical language teacher education
  • professionalism
  • teaching and teacher education standards
  • teacher assessment
  • curricular issues
  • language teacher identity
  • the novice or experienced teacher
  • online language teacher education
  • practicum/field experiences
  • mentoring and supervision
  • teaching journals and diaries
  • classroom-based/action/practitioner-research for teacher education and teacher learning
  • reflective practice

Vocabulary and Grammar

Acquisition, development, research, and teaching of vocabulary and grammar to L2 learners.

Possible presentation topics:
  • integration of grammar and vocabulary
  • vocabulary and/or grammar in context
  • ways to introduce, practice, and produce vocabulary and/or grammar
  • implicit/explicit teaching
  • integration of grammar and vocabulary with language skills