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Convention Activities for the Affiliate Network

The Affiliate Network Professional Council annually organizes activities at the TESOL Annual Convention for members of the Affiliate Network to share expertise, learn, and network with each other. When possible, materials shared at the convention will be made available after the event via the Affiliate Leaders' Online Community. 

Session Descriptions

  • TESOL Leadership Forum: An invite-only session that provides leaders an opportunity to learn more about the association’s initiatives, projects, and activities. Leaders from TESOL’s Professional Councils, Communities of Practice, and Affiliate Associations are brought together to hear an update from the Board of Directors and exchange ideas about TESOL International Association’s strategic direction.
  • Affiliate Leaders' Workshop: A half day workshop focused on best practices of running an ELT association and topics effecting ELT associations. Recent themes include: advocacy, volunteer management, member engagement, and leadership.
  • Affiliate Communication Workshop: A two hour, peer-led workshop explores best practices in methods of communication among association memberships. The workshop is structured to be interactive and encourage the sharing of ideas. 
  • Affiliate Colloquium: A panel session highlighting affiliates from around the world. The 2018 colloquium featured presenters from Australia, Rwanda, and Russia sharing their experiences with different types of advocacy in their contexts.
  • Best of Affiliates: sessions are reserved in the convention program for affiliates to showcase the ‘Best of’ professional learning and research presented at past affiliate conferences. 
  • Affiliate Assembly: The official business meeting of the TESOL Affiliate Network. The assembly focuses on the relationship between TESOL and the affiliates.


Affiliates have the opportunity to raise the visibility of their association by hosting an hour-long time slot at the affiliate booth located in the Expo Hall. Thousands of TESOL professionals attend the convention every year providing affiliates with the opportunity to share information about your association and its activities, conferences, and publications with a wider audience.