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TESOL and National Geographic Learning Announce 2016 TESOL Teacher of the Year

by Valerie Borchelt | 03/09/2016

NEWS For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA (8 March 2016)
TESOL International Association and National Geographic Learning are pleased to announce that Shannon Tanghe, an assistant professor and department head at Dankook University’s Graduate School of TESOL in Seoul, South Korea, will receive the 2016 TESOL Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors exceptional English language teaching and is open to teachers at all levels of education. Tanghe will be recognized at the opening keynote session of the 2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo 5–8 April in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Tanghe began her career teaching young learners, later transitioning into her current role as a teacher educator. “I recognize the value in fostering a community where all people are encouraged to grow and develop . . . as English language users, teachers, and as members of the TESOL community,” said Tanghe. “In English language classes, I strive to create opportunities to transfer classroom content beyond the classroom, through introducing critical issues and international collaborations.”

The recipient of the TESOL Teacher of the Year Award receives a one-year membership in TESOL International Association; a selection of TESOL publications valued at US$250; complimentary registration, travel, and accommodations for the 2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo; and a cash award of US$1000. The award recipient will also deliver a presentation at the TESOL International Convention.

National Geographic Learning will present the award to Tanghe at the TESOL international convention, where she will deliver a presentation titled “Teaching to Learn: Focus on Teacher Inquiry Stance.” The presentation will show that, based on faculty and students’ experiences, cultivating teacher inquiry stances improves both professional growth and classroom practices.

For more on Shannon Tanghe, check out the Teacher of Year feature in the March issue of TESOL Connections.

About TESOL International Association
Founded in 1966, TESOL International Association is a professional community of educators, researchers, administrators, and students committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide. With more than 12,000 members representing over 150 countries, TESOL fosters the exchange of ideas, research, and peer-to-peer knowledge, and provides expertise, resources, and a powerful voice on issues affecting the profession. Through professional development programs, its international conference, special interest groups, and publications, TESOL engages tens of thousands of professionals to collaborate globally and create a world of opportunity for millions of people of all ages who want to learn English. For more information, please visit

About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for ELT, adult education and PreK-12. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society to the academic and library markets worldwide.

TESOL Contact: John Segota