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Ad Hoc Committee, Chicago, 30 January 1965

As a result of the NACTEFL decisions of May and October 1964, an ad hoc committee representing professional organizations, state educational systems and individuals concerned with the teaching of English to speakers of other languages met on January 30, 1965, at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. The meeting had been called by Harold B. Allen, Robert Lado and Sirarpi Ohannessian in response to a recommendation made in October 1964 by NACTEFL that

Immediate steps betaken by appropriate individuals within the profession toward the formation of an independent association of the teachers of English to speakers of other languages…which can give recognized professional status to teachers of English as a second or foreign language and maintain lines of communication among them. (NACTEFL, 1964)

The meeting was chaired by Robert Lado, with Virginia French Allen and Betty Wallace Robinett acting as recorders. The following is a list of people invited to the conference. The names of those who were unable to attend are marked with an asterisk: James E. Alatis, Harold B. Allen, Virginia French Allen, George L. Anderson, Edward M. Anthony, Leroy Condie, Charles A, Ferguson, *Mary Finocchiaro, John Hurt Fisher, Sheila M. Goff, Mary J. Gospodaric, *David P. Harris, *Helen Heffernan, Robert Hogan, *Edith C. Kirk, Robert Lado, Mary McDonald, *Albert H. Marckwardt, Sirarpi Ohannessian, Clifford H. Prator, Betty Wallace Robinett, Mamie Sizemore, *James Squire, *Hildegard Thompson, *F.C. Tompkins, *Donald D. Walsh, William Work.

The following agreements were reached:
Steps would be taken during 1965 for the formation of a separate and independent organization for persons professionally concerned with the teaching to ESOL.
A brief report of the Chicago meeting, accompanied by a questionnaire, would be prepared and distributed widely in order to enable any and all members of the profession to express their views concerning the proposed association. The report and questionnaires would be distributed at the San Diego conference and subsequently at meeting of interested professional organizations such as the Association of Teachers of English as a Second Language of NAFSA, through individuals in key positions in public school systems, and through other appropriate channels.
A committee to study such matters as constitution, bylaws, officers, funding, location, meetings, etc. of the proposed association to draw up concrete proposals and to take whatever steps may be necessary during 1965 was formed. The following were nominated to serve on the committee: Harold B. Allen, University of Minnesota; Charles B. Ferguson, Center for Applied Linguistics; Robert Hogan, National Council of Teacher of English; Mary McDonald, Board of Education of the City of New York; Clifford H. Prator, University of California, Los Angeles; Mamie Sizemore, State of Arizona, Division of Indian Education; and Sirarpi Ohannessian, Center for Applied Linguistics.
This Committee would submit concrete proposals for the creation of the new association to the participants at the Spring 1966 TESOL conference to be held in New York. Specifically, the committee would submit a draft constitution, bylaws, a slate of officers, etc., for the new association, as well as proposals for the creation and maintenance of a new journal, and a register of personnel within the framework of the association. Furthermore, the proposed association would cooperate with the TESOL Steering Committee in preparations for the fourth TESOL Conference scheduled to be in Miami in 1967.

Second Annual Conference on the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages