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Envisioning and Creating the Future for English Language Teaching and Learning: A TESOL Symposium in Guangzhou, China

  • Date: 14 November 2013
  • Location: Guangzhou, China

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  The TESOL symposium in Guangzhou, China is now sold out.  We are not able to accept any more registrations of any kind through TESOL International Association or through the host university.  We are also not able to accommodate any on site registrants.

This symposium provides a unique opportunity for ELT teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators to envision, discuss, and create a positive future for English language teaching and learning. 

TESOL International Association is organizing this event in partnership with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

TESOL gratefully acknowledges the support of its Strategic Partner, National Geographic Learning.


15-16 November 2013


Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangzhou, China

Program Overview

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Through interaction with leading experts, and opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing, both face-to-face and online, this symposium will provide participants with practical, research-based ideas, strategies, and tools to facilitate on-going improvement in their ELT work.

Participants will consider the following questions:

  • What constitutes effective practice, especially in China, given today’s rapid pace of change? 
  • How can we rethink ELT to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in meeting the needs of our students? 
  • How can we work more effectively together to implement change and provide the professional support needed for teachers and students? 

Who Should Attend?

Primary, secondary, and tertiary education English language teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators in China and other countries working with English language teaching and assessment

Registration Information

This event is sold out.  We are not able to accommodate any new registrations online or in-person.

Registration Fees

  • Regular (Nonstudent): 900 RMB (US$140)

  • Research Students: 450 RMB (US$70)

Registration fees include all materials, 2 lunches, tea breaks, a reception, and 1 year TESOL Global Membership.

Registration Options

Register through the host university in China (Contact

Click here to access an invitation letter for attendees (in Chinese) from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Hotel Information

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel accommodations, either directly through the hotel of their choice, or through the host university (

Below is a list of hotels recommended by the host university:

Poly Hotel:
4-star; 290 RMB/room/night
Bo Hao Hotel: 3-star; 160 RMB/room/night
Easeland Hotel: 398 RMB/room/night

Contact the host university at prior to 20 October for assistance.

Attendee Information

Registration: Registration and registration materials will be available 8:30 am - 1:00 pm in the lobby of the Easeland Hotel, next to the gate of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies: 2 Baiyun Ddadao Bei, Guangzhou, China (中国 广州市 白云大道北2号)

Getting There: Transportation and location information can be found here (PDF).

Pearl River Tour (optional): Information available here (PDF).