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TESOL Strategic Plan

Learn about the vision and direction of TESOL through 2014

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Advertise with TESOL

Reach the TESOL membership by promoting your products in TESOL publications.

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Board of Directors

Board members are volunteers and are elected by the membership.

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TESOL Awards, Honors, & Grants

TESOL offers numerous awards and grants to honor excellence in service to the field and research, and to enable TESOL members to attend the Annual TESOL Convention & English Language Expo. Apply for these awards and grants yourself and share the information with your students and colleagues.

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Convention Grants & Scholarships

TESOL International Association annually awards more than US$50,000 in travel grants and registration scholarships to help TESOL members attend the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

2015 TESOL Professional Development Travel Grant recipients, presented by ETS

TESOL Awards for Excellence & Service

TESOL-sponsored awards and grants recognize exceptional TESOL members. This section includes information about the various TESOL awards and grants available to English language teaching professionals, including past recipients, nomination or application information, and deadlines.

TESOL President Andy Curtis (left) with David Nunan (right), 2015 Recipient of the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL

Past President Yilin Sun (left) with 2015 recipient of the Teacher of the Year award, Sherry Blok (center) and Vincent Grosso (right) of National Geographic Learning

Past President Yilin Sun (left) with 2015 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research recipient Yasuko Kanno (center) and Teresa Axe (right) of ETS

TESOL President's Award

Every year the TESOL President, in collaboration with the President-Elect and the Past President, selects a recipient for the annual Presidents’ Award. The award honors individuals and organizations outside of TESOL who have demonstrated a commitment to English-language instruction, helped TESOL further its mission, and supported education in general.

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TESOL Outstanding Advocate Honor

The Outstanding Advocate Honor is presented annually at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo to an individual who has advocated for, and on behalf of, the ESL/EFL profession and English language learners. Each year the host affiliate for convention nominates an individual for recognition.  

Past President Yilin Sun (left) with Canadian repersentative (center) accepting on behalf of Premier Kathleen Wynne, 2015 Outstanding Advocate Honoree and Sheila Nicholas (right) of TESL Ontario

Teaching Materials Grant

The Tina B. Carver Fund was established by her family and colleagues to honor the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States.