Guiding Principles for Planning
Value statement: TESOL practice and policy should be inquiry-based, with practice informing research as well as research informing practice and policy.
- Promote systematic and ethical inquiry to build a strong knowledge base for the field that drives practice and policies
- Promote inquiry on administration and policy
- Support teacher inquiry
- Commit to including all voices in inquiry
Value statement: English is an additional language and should not supplant the home language(s). TESOL occurs in different contexts with varying practices, cultures, and access to resources.
- Be committed to social justice and equality-in-difference
- Support English development in under-resourced areas
- Further a commitment to multilingualism and plurilingual realities
- Leverage the diversity of learners as resource for learning
Value statement: Professional development should promote sustainable, continuous, collaborative, and coherent activities. The focus should be on change and innovation as opposed to academic outputs.
- Build a more unified and cohesive community that meets the needs of this multifaceted profession
- Challenge the deficit model of teaching and learning, and promote the notion of the resourceful teacher
- Acknowledge second language teacher identities
- Enhance ongoing TESOL professionalism through various training models such as cascading, use of technology, and/or training of trainers
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