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General Guidelines

Professionals and scholars from all English language teaching (ELT) educational contexts worldwide and all related fields and content areas are invited to submit proposals for the TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo.

  • All submissions must adhere to the guidelines in this Call for Proposals and support the mission and values of TESOL International Association. If you have questions, email TESOL Conference Services or call the TESOL Staff Office at +1.703.836.0774.
  • All session organizers must submit proposals online through the abstract management system. Mailed, emailed, or faxed proposals will not be accepted or acknowledged.
  • A separate online proposal form must be completed for each proposed session.
  • The software system does not allow for entries or changes to entries after the deadline date and time (1 June 2017, 5:00 pm U.S. eastern time).
  • Proposals are refereed by TESOL members who are trained reviewers from the setting, context, and content areas designated on the proposal.
  • To ensure that you receive messages about your proposal, please use an email address that will be valid from 7 June 2017 to 30 March 2018, and add conventions@tesol.org to your email address book and your spam whitelist.
  • After successfully submitting the proposal, the session organizer will receive an email message confirming receipt of the submission. The message will contain your proposal number for future reference. Please include this number on all correspondence concerning your proposal.

Note: To submit a proposal for a Pre- or Postconvention Institute, please visit the Submit a PCI Proposal page.

Factors Affecting Proposal Selection

Program Balance

TESOL Interest Section leaders and the Conferences Professional Council strive to make the program relevant to a diverse range of professionals and scholars working with English learners at all ages and stages of language development in different contexts around the world. As a result, they select proposals based, in part, on program balance. They consider the following:

  • range of topics within the ELT profession
  • relevance to TESOL conferees and to the convention theme
  • number of presentations on the same or similar topics and/or subtopics
  • content-area coverage
  • presenters’ apparent level of expertise
  • professional and geographic distribution of presenters

Proposal Rating Rubric

An important factor in proposal evaluation and scoring by reviewers is attention to all five of the criteria in the proposal rating rubric. Abstracts and session descriptions should be clearly and concisely written to convey the session’s significance and its appropriateness to the field and intended audience. Carefully written and edited, they should demonstrate evidence of a high quality of research and/or practice, as applicable, as well as clear evidence that the session will be well organized and presented.

Factors Disqualifying a Proposal

  • TESOL does not receive the proposal by the deadline (Thursday, 1 June 2017, 5:00 pm, U.S. Eastern time).
  • The proposal is not received electronically via the abstract management system.
  • The proposal is incomplete or not completed according to the guidelines in this call for participation.
  • The session title, abstract, or description includes the name(s) or institution(s) of organizers or presenters.
  • The same or a similar proposal is submitted to more than one interest section/interim strand or session type.
  • The presentation promotes commercial interests.

Helpful Links

The Conferences Professional Council has prepared a list of resources to help you write your proposal: