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Upcoming Symposiums

TESOL symposiums are one-day, regional programs developed in collaboration with one of the association's worldwide affiliates. They provide you with an opportunity to talk face  to face with leading experts in the field on one key topic selected by the affiliate.

Innovations and Breakthroughs in English Language Teaching

  • Date: 4 November 2015
  • Location: Cancún, Quintana Roo, México

A TESOL Symposium in Cancún, México

Join TESOL International Association in examining how English language teaching and learning have changed since the beginning of the 21st century. Explore current breakthroughs and innovations that have shaped the classroom of today through practice-oriented, interactive sessions.

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TESOL is pleased to announce that this event is being organized in partnership with MEXTESOL, an affiliate of TESOL International Association.

TESOL gratefully acknowledges the support of its Strategic Partner,
National Geographic Learning.

TESOL would also like to acknowledge the support of our Event Partner.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Note: This event will precede MEXTESOL’s 42nd International Convention, which will take place 5–8 November 2015.


Cancún Center, Cancún, Quintana Roo, México

Program Overview

Now that the 21st century is well under way, educators need to move past 21st-century learning and move into 21st-century application. This event will dive into some of the ELT changes that have taken root in the present-day classroom. These changes include characteristics of the new ELT student, the shifting expertise of the ELT educator, external factors affecting the classroom, and the changes that come with technology.

Sessions will consider the following questions:

  • How is what English language professionals teach now different from what was taught just 15–20 years ago?
  • What does an effective English language teacher look like today?
  • How has language teaching methodology changed since 2000?
  • How can teachers and administrators successfully engage the 21st century learner?

Who Should Attend?

English language teachers and administrators

Presenters & Session ​Information

  Mark S. Algren, University of Missouri, USA
Collaborating Locally to Globally: Teacher-to-Teacher Innovations and Breakthroughs
  Deena Boraie, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Teachers Engaging with Research: Why and How?
  Mario Herrera, Pearson ELT and State Language School of Nuevo León, Mexico
Mexican Students and Updated Methodology: A Perfect Match!
  Mira Malupa-Kim, Alliant International University - San Diego, USA
Optimizing Integrated Skills Development: Re-examining Technology and Teacher Roles
  Luke Meddings, 50-Freelance, United Kingdom
Street Food: Fresh Ideas for Class
  Higinio Ordoñez, Escuela Normal de Atlacomulco, Mexico
Better English = Better Teachers?


Registration Information

Registration Fees

Regular Rate   US$65
Global Rate*  US$40
*Global rate is available to permanent residents of Mexico and other countries with a gross national income (GNI) per capita of less than US$15,000, as determined by the United Nations.

Online registration is now closed. On-site registration ​will open at 7:30 am on 4 November in Costa Maya A, located on the first floor (one level above ground) of the Cancun Center​.

Special Offer for Symposium Registrants

TESOL Symposium registrants are eligible to receive a special discount on registration for MEXTESOL's 42nd International Convention (5-8 November).

Visit MEXTESOL's website for details.


7:30 am–9:00 am Registration
9:00 am–10:10 am Welcome Session
10:10 am–10:30 am Break 
10:30 am–12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions 1
12:00 pm–12:15 pm Break
12:15 pm–1:45 pm Concurrent Sessions 2
1:45 pm–2:45 pm Break for Lunch (on your own)
2:45 pm–4:15 pm Concurrent Sessions 3
4:15 pm–4:35 pm Break
4:35 pm–5:30 pm Closing Session with Q&A


For accommodations recommendations, rates, and reservations, please visit the MEXTESOL website.

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