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TESOL Strategic Plan

Learn about the vision and direction of TESOL through 2014

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Advertise with TESOL

Reach the TESOL membership by promoting your products in TESOL publications.

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Board of Directors

Board members are volunteers and are elected by the membership.

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Join TESOL

Become a TESOL member and gain access to a wealth of resources.

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TESOL Awards, Honors, & Grants

TESOL offers numerous awards and grants to honor excellence in service to the field and research, and to enable TESOL members to attend the Annual TESOL Convention & English Language Expo. Apply for these awards and grants yourself and share the information with your students and colleagues.

Interested in serving as an awards reviewer? Apply today!

Convention Grants & Scholarships

TESOL International Association annually awards more than US$50,000 in travel grants and registration scholarships to help TESOL members attend the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

2017 recipients of the TESOL Professional Development Travel Grants for Practicing ESL/EFL Teachers, presented by Betty Azar

TESOL Awards for Excellence & Service

TESOL-sponsored awards and grants recognize exceptional TESOL members. This section includes information about the various TESOL awards and grants available to English language teaching professionals, including past recipients, nomination or application information, and deadlines.

From the left: Mark Algren, 2017 Recipient of the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL, and Dudley Reynolds (TESOL President)


From the left: Ian Martin (National Geographic Learning), Jill Caya (Award's Coordinator), Rawia Hayik (2017 Recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award), and Dudley Reynolds (TESOL President)


From the left: Andy Gao (Award's Coordinator), Dudley Reynolds (TESOL President), and Gary Barkhuizen (2017 Recipients of the Award for Distinguished Research

TESOL Presidents' Award

Every year the TESOL President, in collaboration with the President-Elect and the Past President, selects a recipient for the annual Presidents’ Award. The award honors individuals and organizations outside of TESOL who have demonstrated a commitment to English-language instruction, helped TESOL further its mission, and supported education in general.

The recipient of the 2017 TESOL President's Award is TIRF: The International Research Foundation for English Language Education.



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TESOL Outstanding Advocate Honor

The Outstanding Advocate Honor is presented annually at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo to an individual who has advocated for, and on behalf of, the ESL/EFL profession and English language learners. Each year the host affiliate for convention nominates an individual for recognition.

Bill Mendoza (far right) receives the Outstanding Advocate Award

Teaching Materials Grant

The Tina B. Carver Fund was established by her family and colleagues to honor the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States.

Professional Learning Scholarships

The Rosa Aronson TESOL Professional Development Scholarships were established to honor of Rosa Aronson’s time as executive director of TESOL International Association for her deep commitment to the professional learning of teachers in underserved countries. This new scholarship program will grant 7 scholarships to cover the cost of the Global Professional membership along with any professional learning opportunity offered by TESOL International Association.