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TESOL Award for Distinguished Research 

Who's Eligible?

Any author who has completed an empirical research project and a subsequent scholarly paper that was published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal during the calendar year preceding the award year. For example, the 2019 award was given for research published during the 2018 calendar year.

Final page proofs of papers scheduled to be published late in the year are acceptable. Papers first published online in the calendar year preceding the award year are also acceptable. 

Articles with multiple authors are also eligible, but only the lead author will receive the award package.

Purpose

To recognize excellence in any area of research on language teaching and learning.

Award

  • US$1,000
  • One complimentary registration to the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo
  • Roundtrip airfare and 2 nights hotel to attend the TESOL convention
  • 1-year TESOL membership
  • 1-year subscription to TESOL Quarterly
  • One featured session at the TESOL convention
  • One featured article in TESOL Connections
  • Be the featured guest speaker at the Doctoral Research and Master's Student Forums at convention

Criteria

Manuscripts are evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Significance of the issue to the field of language learning and teaching in TESOL
  • Awareness of relevant scholarship related to the issue or problem
  • Clarity with which any theoretical considerations, research questions, or models related to the issue or problem are presented
  • Evidence of appropriate research methods and analysis, regardless of methodological paradigm
  • Persuasiveness of the argument presented and the conclusions drawn
  • Clarity of the writing
  • Letter of nomination
Download the evaluation rubric.

Online Submission Process

Papers may be nominated or self-nominated. To complete the online submission process, you will need the following information. You are strongly encouraged to gather this information before you begin the application. That way, you can fill out the application completely, and you will not have to go back and fill in items later.
  • Biographical statement for author of paper (50 words)
  • Author's full name and email address (primary author if more than one author)
  • PDF of empirical research study 
  • Letter of acceptance from journal editor, if the paper is “in press” or accepted, and is  scheduled to be published later in the year  
  • Letter of nomination. The letter should
    • describe the main areas of strengths of the research as they relate to the evaluation criteria
    • explain the significance of the research and any theoretical, methodological, and/or pedagogical contributions it makes to the field of language learning and teaching in TESOL 

Application Deadline

Accepting applications starting 1 July. All applications must be submitted by 1 ​October.

2019 Recipient: Aline Godfroid

aline_godfroid_profile_picture (1)Aline Godfroid is an Associate Professor in Second Language Studies and TESOL at Michigan State University. Her primary research interests are in psycholinguistics, vocabulary acquisition, and quantitative research methods. She co-directs the Second Language Studies Eye-Tracking Lab and is the author of a forthcoming book with Routledge on eye-tracking methodology.

Past Award Recipients

View a list of past recipients.

Questions?

Please contact TESOL Awards.

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