Mission and Values


TESOL is an international association of professionals advancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy.

Core Values

  • Professionalism demonstrated by excellence in standards, research, and practice that improve learning outcomes
  • Respect for diversity, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and individuals’ language rights
  • Integrity guided by ethical and transparent action
  • Commitment to life-long learning

Vision Statement

To become the trusted global authority for knowledge and expertise in English language teaching

Nondiscrimination Policy

In principle and in practice, TESOL values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of English language teaching. TESOL promotes involvement and broad access to professional opportunities for all and works to eliminate any kind of discrimination including, but not limited to, language background, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, or geographic location.