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Bring a TESOL Event to Your English Language Educators!

TESOL International Association annually works with various types of organizations to hold in-person events. TESOL relies on the knowledge, network, and support of these organizations for the success of events. Please read the event descriptions below to determine which format would be a good fit for your organization and the audience you are trying to reach. Please note that TESOL plans more complex events, such as symposiums and conferences, a minimum of 18 months in advance.

To submit your request, complete the application following the event descriptions. A TESOL staff member will follow up with you regarding the request. If you have any questions, please contact TESOL Professional Learning.

TESOL typically holds three types of in-person events. Each type is detailed below; however, event formats may be shaped to meet the host organization’s specifications.


TESOL institutes provide hands-on training in a two-day workshop format for a wide variety of TESOL practitioners. Choose from the following:

  • The 6 Principles Institute™
    Develop English language instruction that directly serves learners’ needs and goals, implement engaging and relevant lessons that build 21st century skills, and teach learners strategies that can sustain their learning outside the classroom.

  • The 6 Principles Institute™: Training of Trainers
    Develop methods and material for sharing The 6 Principles with either content teachers or ESL teachers. This institute is for those who are already familiar with the 6 Principles and have experience training teachers.

  • Standards for Initial TESOL Pre-K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs Institute
    Learn how to align your Pre-K-12 teacher preparation program to TESOL standards regarding knowledge about language, ELLS in the sociocultural context, planning and implementing instruction, assessment and evaluation, and professionalism and leadership.

  • English Language Teaching Leadership Management Certificate Program Institute
    Become a leader in the profession by receiving leadership training for various kinds of ELT organizations and institutions. This institute will be especially useful if you are in or wish to take on a leadership, administrative, or management role.

TESOL Core Certificate Program

The TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP) is a 140-hour blended-learning program that provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching. It helps teachers better serve the needs of English language learners, as well as enhance their careers. To earn the certificate, participants must successfully complete three parts: a 60-hour (6-week) online course on the fundamentals of TESOL, a 60-hour (6-week) online course on teaching adults or young learners, and a 20-hour teaching practicum, which consists of 10 hours of in-person or virtual classroom observation and 10-hours of in-person or virtual practice teaching.

TESOL Advocacy Workshop: Skills for the ELT Professional

This exclusive advocacy workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to take your advocacy efforts to the next level! For one full-day, learn about the different types of advocacy strategies, examine your own current advocacy efforts, and explore opportunities for growth while working with other enthusiastic TESOL advocates.


The TESOL Academy provides intensive, hands-on workshops for a wide variety of TESOL practitioners. A traditional Academy features six 10-hour workshops focused on key issues and areas of practice in the profession. However, TESOL has been able to adapt the format and topics to meet the needs of any worldwide audience. The TESOL Academy is usually a two day event held on a university campus, a perfect setting for peer-to-peer learning on a topic highly relevant to your needs. Typical attendance is 120-200.


A traditional TESOL symposium is a one-day event before or after a regional ELT program. Normally, it is organized in collaboration with one of TESOL's worldwide Affiliates. Symposiums provide attendees an opportunity to talk face to face with leading experts in the field on key topics selected by the affiliate. The morning starts with an opening ceremony and a precis of each speakers' topic. The afternoon provides an opportunity for attendees to attend an interactive workshop with one (or more) of the expert speakers. The day usually finishes with a question and answer session moderated by a local TESOL Affiliate expert. Typical attendance is 300-500.


The TESOL Conference is a 2 ½ day event that features 3-5 keynote speakers, concurrent sessions; featuring strands that are recommended from the affiliates in the region; that are solicited via call for proposal and peer reviewed, as well as post-conference workshops. The TESOL Conference is typically held in a conference center or hotel and is designed to be a larger program with at minimum 600 attendees.

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