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Reaffirming Our Core Values

10 November 2016

A Message to TESOL Professionals:

Fifty years ago, TESOL became a professional association based on the core principles of individual language rights, respect for diversity, multiculturalism, multilingualism, and inclusivity. These values are just as critical today as they were then, and provide a solid anchor against the strong oppositional forces that are sweeping across nations.

As we witness the unfolding of these troubling trends, TESOL International Association reaffirms these core principles and proudly welcomes professionals and students from all backgrounds and all creeds; they provide the rich texture of our community.  Each year, we are honored to welcome thousands of our members to our worldwide events, as they come together to share their knowledge for their students’ benefits, and to network with their peers.

We pledge to live up to our ideals of a global professional community in the face of all challenges.

Dudley Reynolds, TESOL President
Rosa Aronson, TESOL Executive Director