Welcome!

DudleyIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of TESOL International Association, the Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession will bring together a group of TESOL thought leaders, policy makers, and industry professionals to ​Athens, Greece, 9–10 February 2017. Informed by the work of a Steering Committee and Reference Group, this summit is designed to address the difficult conversations surrounding the current state of the TESOL profession and to meet TESOL International Association’s strategic objectives. 

The Summit will bring together respected and innovative thought leaders who represent a wide variety of contexts for a strategic conversation about the future of the profession. Supported by the Summit's Guiding PrinciplesThemes, and Key Terms, each featured speaker will develop an innovative and influential talk that ​addresses a pressing issue in the TESOL profession. These talks will ​support and challenge current beliefs.

Online discussions of each theme will start in early December 2016. Following the summit, the online conversations will continue in order to solidify the Key TESOL Summit Take-Aways. Speakers and steering committee members will create high level publications addressing the necessary changes that must take place to further the TESOL profession.

We look forward to welcoming you to the summit, either in person or virtually!

Dudley Reynolds, 201​6–1​7 TESOL President

Summit Delegates

Summit Delegates will attend the Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession in person, 9-10 February 2017 at the Royal Olympic Hotel, ​Athens, Greece. Delegates will be leaders who influence English language education policy in their countries or regions, and decision-makers from Teacher Education Institutions, Binational Centers, English Teacher Associations, Non-governmental organizations, and Companies serving the profession. Summit Delegates are a key piece of the Summit convening as they play a critical role in formulating and implementing recommendations that come out of the Summit. ​Summit Delegates are expected to pay their own expenses. If you would like to self-nominate, please complete this form.

Delegate Fee:
US$250

Summit Participants

Summit Participants will attend the Summit for the Future of the TESOL Profession online starting 1 December 2016. We encourage all Summit Delegates, Researchers, Practicing Teachers, Pre-service Teachers, and English language Students to participate. In addition to participating in pre- and post- Summit conversations, all Summit Participants are invited to participate in the live streaming of the Summit in ​Athens, including opportunities to interact with Summit speakers through round-table discussions and Question and Answer periods. Registration is free.

Register online

Agenda

All times are listed in Eastern European Time.

Time ​Thursday, 9 February 2017 ​Friday, 10 February 2017
8:00 am 8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
Olympia Foyer
8:30 am
9:00 am Welcoming Session & Summit Purpose
Olympia Hall
Reimagining ​English Competence
9:00 am – 3 presenters addressing each Guiding Principle
10:00 am – Audience round-table group work
11:00 am – Speakers Report out and Q&A
Olympia Hall

(find the start time in your area)
9:30 am Futurology
9:30 am – ​3 presenters addressing each Guiding Principle 
10:30 am – Audience round-table group work
11:30 am – Speakers Report out and Q&A
Olympia Hall

(find the start time in your area)
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
Killirroe
12:30 pm 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch
Killirroe
1:00 pm
1:30 pm The Profession as a Change Agent
1:30 pm – 3 presenters addressing each Guiding Principle
2:30 pm – Audience round-table group work
3:30 pm – Speakers Report out and Q&A
Olympia Hall

(find the start time in your area)
2:00 pm English ​in Multilingualism
2:00 pm – 3 presenters addressing each Guiding Principle
3:00 pm – Audience round-table group work
4:00 pm – Speakers Report out and Q&A
Olympia Hall

(find the start time in your area)
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Critical Summary/Closing session
Olympia Hall
5:00 pm Break
Olympia Foyer
Evening 5:30 – 7:00 pm ​Welcome Reception
Rooftop Garden
6:00 – 7:00 pm Press Briefing
Pan​orama Hall 


Featured Speakers

Guiding Principles

Themes

Inquiry

Equity

Professionalism

Futurology

Sue Garton

Asmaa Abu Mezied

Greg Kessler

English in Multilingualism

Li Wei

Jo LoBianco

Robinah Kyeyune

Reimagining English Competence

Anne Katz

Giselle Lundy-Ponce

Ahmar Mahboob

The Profession as a Change Agent

Constant Leung

Franklin Tellez

Misty Adoniou


Suggested Readings from our Sponsors

British Council: LETs and NESTs: voices, views and vignettes
Oxford - Focus on Literacy Chapter 2
National Geographic - ELTJ English-for-Teaching

For more information or to join the TESOL Summit mailing list, please contact TESOL Professional Learning & Research