TESOL International Association is run primarily by member volunteers just like you, with assistance from an office staff based in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. If you have ever wondered how TESOL conducts its business or why it does things the way it does, you will find answers here.
TESOL is an international association of professionals advancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy.
Updates and information on the search for a new TESOL Executive Director.
The 2017 election slate is now available. Please direct questions to Rita Buckner
TESOL International Association is governed by a 12-member elected board of directors. The TESOL executive director serves as an ex-officio member of the board. The three-person Executive Committee includes the president, president-elect, and the past president.
TESOL has six Professional Councils and three Governance Committees. Made up of TESOL members, the Professional Councils provide professional expertise to help advance the association's strategic objectives and activities. The Governance Committees are responsible for critical areas of governance with the association. Members of these committees are elected.
The TESOL strategic plan provides goals and objectives to guide the association over the next three years. The current strategic plan was approved by the TESOL Board of Directors in March 2015 and will expire in 2018.
Bylaws and Policy Manual
The TESOL Bylaws
describe how TESOL International Association is structured and constituted as a legal entity.
The TESOL Policy Manual
contains information on TESOL's mission, values, governance structure, and procedures. It will tell you how and why TESOL does things the way it does.
If you have any questions about the TESOL Policy Manual or the Bylaws, please contact Rita Buckner
In mid-2012, the Board of Directors formed a task force to conduct a review of the mid-level governance of the association. Updates and information on the work of the task force are available here.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, TESOL's original name, was founded in 1966. This history was written by James Alatis, TESOL's first executive director.