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Why Join TESOL? 

TESOL membership is open to anyone involved in the field of English language teaching. Whether you are a teacher, student, teacher educator, administrator, researcher, consultant, materials writer, or curriculum developer, TESOL International Association offers you a global and collaborative community where you can grow personally and professionally.


Attend & Learn

Virtual Seminars (free to members): These 60- to 90-minute online seminars cover a range of topics and are available for playback at your convenience.

Annual International Convention (discounted rates for members): The largest convention in the field of English language teaching, the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo brings together nearly 6,000 professionals and students from around the globe to share new research, exchanges ideas and best practices, and create supportive networks.
Symposiums and Regional Conferences (discounted rates for members): TESOL works with its affiliates to host these events worldwide.

Online Courses (discounted rates for members): Includes both instructor-facilitated 4–6 week courses and self-study courses where you can go at your own pace.

Certificate Programs (discounted rates for members): Programs that help you sharpen your teaching and leadership skills while advancing your career.



Stay Current & Get Published

TESOL Connections:  Receive monthly e-newsletter with articles on current topics, interviews with thought leaders, job listings, and more.

TESOL Journal: Read peer-reviewed articles for TESOL practitioners ​in this quarterly ​electronic journal.

TESOL Quarterly: Access vital research that advances the field of English language teaching and learning. Available only to members, in print and online, ​for an additional subscription fee.
English Language Bulletin: Keep abreast of what's happening in the field worldwide with this weekly e-news brief.

TESOL Blog: Read about industry news, effective classroom practices, lesson plans, the latest research, and more.

TESOL Resource Center: Your home for sample lesson plans, videos of plenary sessions from past TESOL conventions, activities, many other resources to support your efforts in the classroom.



Connect & Collaborate

myTESOL: Build your professional network, share resources, get feedback, and participate in discussions with English language professionals from all over the world.
Communities of Practice: ​Engage with members in specific areas of English language teaching and learning and on timely topics through Interest Sections and Professional Learning Networks.



Advocate for Your Students & the Field

TESOL Advocacy Action Center: Use the online Center and accompanying app to find legislators, set up alerts, follow legislation, and take action on specific issues.

Position Statements, Policy Briefs, and White Papers:
 Download resources to help you in your advocacy efforts.
Advocacy and Policy Summit (discounted rates for members): Educators from across the U.S. gather to learn about federal legislation issues and advocate for policies that support English language learners and the field.



Save on TESOL Press Publications 

TESOL members save 20% off the list price of TESOL Press publications when they place orders through the TESOL bookstore.



Receive Recognition and Funding 

TESOL offers a number of awards, grants, and scholarships to honor excellence in the field and help professionals fund their continuing education.


Get Involved & Lead 

Volunteers are the heart of TESOL. The association offers numerous opportunities to serve the profession. You could serve as a TESOL professional council member, an interest section leader, a peer reviewer, a convention volunteer, or on the TESOL Board of Directors.