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Mission and Values


TESOL International Association advances the expertise of professionals who teach English to speakers of other languages in multilingual contexts worldwide. We accomplish this through professional learning, research, standards, and advocacy.

Vision Statement

TESOL is the trusted global authority for knowledge and expertise in English language teaching.


 Professionalism  Committed to excellence in standards, research, and practice that enhance English language teaching and learning
 Respect Committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and individuals’ language rights
 Integrity Committed to ethical and transparent action
 Lifelong   Learning Committed to quality English language teaching and learning opportunities throughout the life of students and teachers 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Policy

In principle and in practice, TESOL values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of English language teaching and is committed to upholding nondiscrimination policies within the association, while requiring the same level of commitment from its global partners and sponsors. TESOL promotes equitable representation, engagement and broad access to professional opportunities for all and works to eliminate any kind of discrimination, including language background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion and belief, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, culture, appearance, and geographic location.

TESOL is committed to being a welcoming organization. This commitment is reflected in our leadership, membership, sponsors, global partners, resources, and staff and by ensuring an inclusive environment at all levels. 

Diverse Voices Task Force Summary and Next Steps

Member Code of Conduct

The TESOL Member Code of Conduct provides general guidelines for conduct by TESOL Members during events, meetings, volunteer work on behalf of TESOL, TESOL peer-mentoring relationships, interactions with staff and other members, and all TESOL online spaces including (but not limited to) social media accounts and virtual events.