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TESOL Response to 2011 State of the Union Address (January 2011)

Statement from TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson, PhD, CAE

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), the global association for English language educators, thanks President Obama for devoting a good portion of his State of the Union Speech to the issue of education. We applaud his description of teachers as Nation builders and his call for talented and committed citizens to consider teaching as a career.

As a professional association of teachers who serve English language learners, TESOL was encouraged to hear President Obama renew his commitment to preparing every student in the United States to graduate from high school ready for college and a career. In order to reach that goal, any investment in the Nation’s teachers needs to include preparing more teachers to work effectively with the growing population of English language learners. To that end, TESOL urges the President to include resources to increase the number of trained English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual educators among the pool of new educators his administration will invest in.

TESOL stands ready to work with the President and Congress to ensure that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act moves forward and to ensure that our students benefit from our collective work.


Founded in 1966, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) 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 156 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.