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TESOL 2019 Session Types

Audience Engagement

A word of advice: Audience engagement should be integrated into all session types. Presenters may consult notes but should avoid reading to create a dynamic session. For panel discussions, you should recruit your panelists before you submit your proposal.


45 min., 1–2 Presenters

Peer-to peer facilitated session on hot topic in TESOL. Proposals should include an overview of the issue(s), sample discussion topic(s), and a clear indication of audience involvement. Proposals should reflect strong, up-to-date knowledge of topic(s).

Sample Proposal: Dialogue 1
Sample Proposal: Dialogue 2


1 hr., 45 min.; 3–6 Presenters

Multiple, short presentations on and discussion of a current ELT issue focusing on practice, research, and/or advocacy. Proposals should include a synopsis of issue(s) and a plan for the topic and for each presentation (without listing presenters’ names). Panelists should be recruited prior to proposal submission.

Sample Proposal: Panel

Poster Session

1 hr., 45 min.; 1–2 Presenters

A summary of an academically sound, scholarly or creative project presented in a visually engaging format, highlighting work through charts, graphs, maps, etc. Proposals should include the main topic(s) and description of the visual display. Presenter(s) should plan on short, informative discussions with convention attendees throughout the entire poster session.

Note: No AV equipment will be available for poster sessions.

Sample Proposal: Poster Session 1
Sample Proposal: Poster Session 2


45 min., 1–3 Presenters

Oral presentations that may be delivered individually or as part of a group discussion. Presenters share their ideas, experiences, and perspectives gleaned from their research, practice, or policy background and/or focus. These sessions provide the audience with ample opportunities for participation and engagement, and they serve as springboards stimulating further discussion, dialogue, reflection, and action. Presenters may submit a joint proposal focusing on two related techniques, issues, practices, or research projects.

Sample Proposal 1
Sample Proposal 2

Teaching Tip

20 min., 1–2 Presenters

Oral summary of presenter’s work in relation to practice. Proposals should include a synopsis of the techniques, including brief description of the teaching tip.

Sample Proposal: Teaching Tip


1 hr., 45 min.; 1–6 Presenters

Structured hands-on professional development activity tackling an issue or developing a specific teaching or research technique. Proposals should include session goals, a synopsis of the theoretical framework, and a description of workshop tasks and procedures. They should also provide interactive activities in which participants share information, participate in simulations, and/or create materials and action plans.

Sample Proposal: Workshop 1
Sample Proposal: Workshop 2