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TESOL Statement on the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

by TESOL International Association | 11/06/2020
As the results of a U.S. election become known, TESOL International Association recognizes that this is a moment to reinforce our commitment to the values that are the foundation of our Association. For over 50 years, our members have come together, traversed borders, shared cultures, and even crossed ideological divides in order to advance the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Throughout those five decades, we have seen a number of world events that have tested our resolve, not only as an Association, but as educators, learners, advocates, and global citizens.

Now, just as in 2016, TESOL is committed to upholding its values and supporting the world’s English language professionals and their students. Regardless of who assumes positions of power throughout the world, TESOL will continue to use its voice, knowledge, and expertise to ensure that English language professionals around the world, irrespective of race, sex, religion, gender identity, physical ability, national origin, or native language, can continue to do the work that they love. We are optimistic that our belief in language rights, and respect for diversity, multiculturalism, multilingualism, and inclusivity will guide us through the difficult times and offer us an opportunity to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves and the Association.

We know that we have much work to do, both as an Association, and profession, in order to reach our full potential, but we look forward to working together to support our members, their students, and their programs. While we know that many uncertainties in the world remain, we are certain that TESOL is stronger when we come together as a community.