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What Are The 6 Principles?

TESOL International Association has defined a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching of English learners. The 6 Principles are guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory. They are targets for teaching excellence and should undergird any program of English language instruction.

The 6 Principles are for all educators who interact with English learners. Join the "World Ps" movement and help TESOL bring high-quality English language instruction to every classroom across the globe.

For more information, please visit The 6 Principles website.

The 6 Principles Sessions at TESOL 2019

Applying The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

Wednesday, 13 March, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm

Join us to learn how different schools, districts and universities are implementing The 6 Principles in a variety of K-12 contexts. Explore instructional decision-making, teacher collaboration, and professional development practices that can be applied to your setting.

The 6 Principles for Adult Learners

Thursday, 14 March, 9:30 am–11:15 am

Join us for a panel presentation on the newest books in the 6 Principles series. Authors of The 6 Principles: Adult Literacy and Workforce Development and The 6 Principles: English for Academic and Specific Purposes share insights and practices into how the principles can be implemented in various adult settings.

What School Leaders Need to Know About The 6 Principles

Thursday, 14 March, 1:00 pm–1:45 pm

Principals play a vital role in establishing a positive multilingual and multicultural climate. To help them, this session aligns the content in TESOL’s What School Leaders Need to Know about English Learners with The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners. Participants receive a handout that draws from each text.

​The 6 Principles Ticketed Events & Programs

Intro to The 6 Principles: Training of Trainers Preconvention Workshop

Monday, 11 March
This workshop will prepare you to offer professional development to teachers so they can successfully implement The 6 Principles in their classrooms and collaborate with others to provide the best program possible for English learners in their school or district. Professional development materials will be provided.

This is a ticketed event and all participants must register separately for this workshop. Learn more ​on the T​he 6 Principles Workshop ​page.

PreK-12 Day

Saturday, 16 March
PreK-12 Day is an interactive one-day program for ESL & mainstream preK-12 teachers & administrators. Throughout the day, participants will enjoy hands-on, practice-oriented sessions on a variety of topics, including The 6 Principles.

The 6 Principles Session at PreK-12 Day: Implementing The 6 Principles in the Classroom
Apply The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: K-12 in your classroom. Join us to explore effective instructional and assessment practices and optimal conditions for second language learning in this hands-on workshop. Discuss ways to create a culture of shared responsibility at your school and advocate for your learners.

PreK-12 Day is a ticketed event and all participants must register separately for this event. Learn more ​on the PreK-12 Day page.