This website uses cookies. A cookie is a small piece of code that gives your computer a unique identity, but it does not contain any information that allows us to identify you personally. For more information on how TESOL International Association uses cookies, please read our privacy policy. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can opt out by changing your browser settings.

TESOL addresses issues of immigration reform (July 2006)

For Immediate Release

TESOL Contact: John Segota
Tel: 703-518-2513      

Alexandria, Virginia (July 2006) – At its recent meeting, the Board of Directors of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), approved the association’s position on comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. Specifically, the association’s position calls for

  • lowering the barriers that unfairly target students and scholars who wish to come to the United States legally for academic and language study;
  • offering orderly and fair pathways to legal residency and citizenship for all immigrants;
  • creating opportunities for immigrants to learn English and civics by building and enhancing the capacity of current systems and programs;
  • fostering respect and appreciation for the contributions made by all immigrants and those who work with them; and
  • respecting the human and civil rights of immigrants and their families.

TESOL’s full Position Statement on Immigration Reform in the United States can be downloaded at

Founded in 1966, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) is a global education association with more than 13,000 members and 90 affiliates in over 120 countries. TESOL is recognized as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations Department of Public Information. TESOL's mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages.