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An Invitation to Attend the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo from Ali Fuad Selvi, Chair of the TESOL Conferences Professional Council

TESOL: The Local-Global Nexus

Join the international  TESOL community 12–15 March 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, our 53rd annual gathering. Experience what makes TESOL unique, as an association, profession, and inquiry: a global event affording intellectual and professional space for teachers, administrators, researchers, and advocacy leaders with experience and expertise in various localities; forging new pathways, understandings, partnerships and solutions about language education and policy within and beyond borders; and empowering TESOL professionals and their students to lead in an increasingly connected world.

The TESOL Convention offers attendees a wealth of opportunities to discuss, engage in, interact with, network, and leave with a heightened sense of professionalism to take back to their workplace settings.

These opportunities include:

  • featured speakers and concurrent sessions that draw on the recent developments in TESOL;
  • Preconvention Institutes that comprise in-depth workshops on hot topics in the field;
  • PreK–12 Day, which presents sessions on new strategies and resources for working with English learners (ELs);
  • doctoral and master’s student forums that encourage our field’s future teachers and scholars to hone their research and presentation skills;
  • the Electronic Village and Technology Showcase, which demonstrate the use of current computer-based and other technology resources for language teaching and learning;
  • the Expo Hall, which features the latest classroom and training materials;
  • association, affiliate, and interest section colloquia and business meetings that provide forums for member updates and input;
  • Educational Site Visits that provide a real-life glimpse into diverse educational settings for linguistically and culturally diverse populations; and
  • a set of social events that allow for informal networking, with a special ​Closing ​​Shell-ebration at the Georgia Aquarium

Here’s a preview of the TESOL 2019 featured speakers, who will set the tone as we embark on the next half century as an association.


Opening Keynote: “Endangered Languages”

The Convention will open with an important keynote by Dr. K. David Harrison, anthropologist, linguist, and associate provost for academic programs at Swarthmore College. In his keynote, Dr. Harrison will walk us through the consequences of language death for culture, science, and even the environment. His presentation will feature stories, artifacts, and activities of language preservation and activism.

Presidential Keynote: “Developing Expertise in TESOL: Local-Global Considerations”

In her presidential address, Luciana C. de Oliveira, 2018–2019 TESOL International Association president, will encourage us to rethink about our experience and expertise as language educators of a global language.

Invited Speakers

The invited speakers share their unique insights and experience as renowned scholars in their respective areas of inquiry and offer new opportunities for generating, exchanging, and disseminating knowledge to inform our everyday practices as TESOLers. These sessions bring together experts in the field of TESOL (Donald Freeman, Gary Barkhuzien, Peter de Costa, Yasuko Kanno, Greg Kessler, Ofelia Garcia, and many more!) to highlight best practices for teaching and learning.

The 6 Principles Sessions

TESOL’s 6 Principles framework defines a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching of English learners. Throughout the Convention, please join TESOL specialists who offer ways to implement these strategies for exemplary teaching of ELs at various levels.

The Venue: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

It has been more than 10 years since the convention has been in the southeastern United States. Atlanta is a welcoming, international city with plenty of southern charm.

Atlanta was founded in 1837, at the intersection of two railroad lines, and it was almost burned to the ground during the American Civil War. During its second incarnation as the unofficial capital of the New South (and the official capital of Georgia), Atlanta became the organizing hub for the civil rights movement. Its progressive outlook has earned it the reputation as “the city too busy to hate.” It has long been known as a center of African American political power, culture, and education.

Today, Atlanta has much to offer visitors from all over the world: The World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, a world-class zoo (Panda twins!), and much more. For more information, please visit the Atlanta Convention and Visitors website.

On behalf of the 2019 Convention Team, I invite you to connect with colleagues from all around the world in Atlanta in March. Get involved. Join the conversation. Explore the future. The world comes together at TESOL! How about you?

alifaudAli Fuad Selvi
Chair, TESOL Conferences Professional Council, 2018–2019

Ali Fuad Selvi is an assistant professor in and the chair of the Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus.