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A Research Symposium in Monterey, California, USA

  • Date: 2 June 2017
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Building an Inclusive, Sustainable Research Community in TESOL

TESOL International Association and The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) present their first research symposium. Experienced and novice researchers, as well as ELT practitioners and administrators, are encouraged to attend. Registration will open in November 201​6.

At this one-of-a-kind event you will

  • examine the ​integrated relationship in selecting a topic, developing the research questions, and identifying the proper methodology for your study
  • find ways to connect your research with English language policy and practice
  • network with other researchers and practitioners to discuss current and planned research
  • discover how you could use TIRF's Research Priorities and TESOL's Research Agenda in your studies


2-3 June 2017


Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Monterey, California, USA

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Registration Information

Before 15 April
TESOL Members $125  
Non-members $175

After 15 April and onsite
TESOL Members $175 
Non-members $225 

Register Online
In order to fully register for this event, you must complete three things:
1. Sign in to TESOL's website (you do not need to be a member to do so)
2. Complete the ​registration ​form
3. Pay the registration fee

Registration includes an evening reception on 2 June and continental breakfast & lunch on 3 June, plus the opportunity to interact with a variety of TESOL Researchers from all over the world.

Consent to Use of Recorded Images and Audio: By registering, attending, or participating in meetings and other activities sponsored by TESOL International Association, you agree to allow TESOL International Association to record, reproduce, and distribute your image or voice in photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, and any other methods of reproduction now and in the future.


Panel Abstracts & Presenters Bios

Friday, 2 June 2017

2:00 pm Registration
2:30 - 3:45 pm Opening Panel: TIRF Research Priorities & TESOL Research Agenda
Brief presentations regarding TIRF's Research Priorities &TESOL's Research Agenda. ​Panelists will ​highlight key questions concept in each document and answer questions from the audience.

Moderator: Jun Liu
Panelists: Dudley Reynolds and Kathleen Bailey
3:45 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm First Break-Out Session: Research Topics
Attendees will be grouped based on their research topic to
  • Reflect on the plenary and what was discussed
  • Discuss how their research topic (if they have one) might relate to the TIRF/TESOL ideals
  • Prepare for an evening reflection
5:00 pm Light reception

Saturday, 3 June 2017

8:30 - 9:45 am Sit in small groups with Research Symposium attendees over a light breakfast and discuss Research Topics, Research Questions, and/or Research Methodologies (Breakfast is provided to attendees and will include pastries, fruit, yoghurt, orange juice, coffee, and tea)
10:00 - 11:​15 am Morning ​Panel: Formulating Your Research Question(s)
Brief presentations presenting ways to develop your research question(s) and decide on a methodology. There will be time for a brief question and answer period.

Moderator: Judy Sharkey
Panelists: Maricel Santos, Thor Sawin, and Ester De Jong
11:​15 - 11:​30 am Break
11:​30 am - 12:30 pm Second Break-Out Session: Research Methodology Choices
Attendees will be grouped based on their preferred methodology to
  • Discuss how their own research question(s) drive(s) the methodology
  • Explore possible methodology options for their research question(s)
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch will be provided.
2:00 - 3:​15 pm Afternoon Panel: Connecting Research to Policy & Practice
Panelists will show how researchers can connect their research to policy and practice. There will also be a brief question and answer period.

Moderator: Jodi Crandall
Panelists: Terrence Wiley, Eugene Garcia, and George Bunch
3:​15 - 3:​30 pm Break
3:​30 - 4:30 pm Third Break-Out  Session: Making Connections
Attendees will be grouped based on their years of experience in research to discuss
  • To what extent can my research ​affect policy?
  • To what extent can my research ​affect practice?
4:30 pm Closing Session: Researcher Success Stories

This symposium is scheduled to end at 5:30 pm.

Research Steering Committee

Misty Adoniou, TESOL Board of Directors
Rosa Aronson, Executive Director, TESOL International Association
Kathleen Bailey, President of TIRF
JoAnn (Jodi) Crandell, TIRF Board of Trustees, Member
Ryan Damerow, Chief Operating Officer, TIRF
Jun Liu,TIRF Board of Trustees, Member
Sarah Sahr, Director of Professional Learning & Research, TESOL
Judy Sharkey, Chair, TESOL Research Professional Council


Please contact TESOL Research.

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