Bilingual Education

Statement of Purpose

TESOL's ESL in Bilingual Education Interest Section (BEIS) supports and promotes primary language literacy as fundamental to the acquisition of English as a second or foreign language. BEIS supports the opportunity and right of all individuals to develop and to maintain proficiency in their mother tongue and to become proficient in more than one language. BEIS believes that educational institutions must work with students from diverse backgrounds to develop constructive relationships that empower students and their families.


  • Collect and disseminate information about specific bilingual programs and models to TESOL members, other professionals, and the public
  • Identify key areas in bilingual education for future research
  • Seek support for initiatives on bilingual education worldwide
  • Review and disseminate information on materials developed for bilingual education
  • Increase awareness of the many populations served by bilingual programs
  • Encourage bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Support dual language programs

Leaders, 2017-2018

Chair: Helen Berg
Chair-Elect: Juliet Luther
Past Chair: Francisco Ramos
Members-at-Large: Traci Bellas, Mary Soto, Catherine Kim, Cathrene Connery, Patrick Ng Chin Leong, Adnen Mansouri, Alma Contreras-Vanegas, Sandra Mercuri, Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Nujhat Nuari Islam, and Laura Ramos
Newsletter Editors: Alsu Gilmetdinova and Andres Ramirez
Community Manager: Alsu Gilmetdinova