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Who Attends the TESOL Convention?

The attendees are primarily from higher education and elementary education, and they represent all aspects in the field of English language teaching and learning. Consultants, exhibitors, and graduate students also attend.

How Many People Will Attend Your Session?

The average session will have 65–85 attendees. Some will have more; some will have less. Each room will be set for its maximum capacity.

What do Attendees Expect?

All attendees value openness and diversity of thinking as they tackle real issues in the classroom. They want substance and knowledge they can immediately put in to practice. All are looking for new ways to solve their current challenges and for ways to push their students, programs, and institutions toward better outcomes.

What Your Attendees Will Remember

  • What they actually did in your session, not what they saw or heard
  • Exercises that demonstrated your point
  • Stories and examples that painted a mental picture
  • Particularly powerful metaphors that can serve as reminders
  • Small group discussion of key points
  • Interaction with peers

What Your Attendees Won’t Remember

  • Your incredible statistics, even though such facts will build your credibility
  • Most of your jokes, although giving them a few laughs will make them more receptive to your information and thinking
  • How eloquent you were, although your clarity of thought will help them comprehend what you are trying to say

Statistics from the 2017 International Convention

In 2017, roughly 6,000 people, including ESOL professionals and exhibitors, attended the convention. Attendees came from 108 countries.

Attendees by Occupation

  • 30% were ESL/EFL instructors
  • 19% were ESL/EFL educators
  • 2% were mainstream educators
  • 4% were in applied linguistics
  • 2% were bilingual educators
  • 2% were TEFL/TESL instructors
  • 6% were TEFL/TESL educators

Attendees by Work Area

  • 19% work in a four-year college
  • 15% work as graduate or postgraduate students
  • 11% work in an elementary school
  • 11% work in adult education
  • 11% work in a secondary school
  • 9% work in a middle school
  • 7% work in a two-year or community college
  • 5% work in a nonprofit
  • 5% work in TESL/TEFL certificate programs
  • 3% work in pre–K
  • 3% work in a business or corporate setting