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Late in April 1964, at the annual NAFSA conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the English Language Section renamed itself the "Association of Teachers of English as a Second Language, a section of NAFSA," after discussion of whether the Section should remain part of NAFSA. It was felt that members wished to remain in close touch with NAFSA for the foreseeable future.

In addition, a motion was passed to explore the possibility of developing a registry of ESOL personnel, perhaps in cooperation with CAL. In October 1964, an informal meeting of CAL and NAFSA representatives in Washington, D.C. recommended that a register be formed with interassociational backing and be housed at CAL (for the time being), but that its eventual home be an inclusive organization of teachers of English to speakers of other languages, when such an organization was established.

First National Conference on the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages