DudleyIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of TESOL International Association, the Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession will bring together a group of TESOL thought leaders, policy makers, and industry professionals to ​Athens, Greece, 9–10 February 2017. Informed by the work of a Steering Committee and Reference Group, this summit is designed to address the difficult conversations surrounding the current state of the TESOL profession and to meet TESOL International Association’s strategic objectives. 

The Summit will bring together respected and innovative thought leaders who represent a wide variety of contexts for a strategic conversation about the future of the profession. Supported by the Summit's Guiding PrinciplesThemes, and Key Terms, each featured speaker will develop an innovative and influential talk that ​addresses a pressing issue in the TESOL profession. These talks will ​support and challenge current beliefs.

Online discussions of each theme will start in early December 2016. Following the summit, the online conversations will continue in order to solidify the Key TESOL Summit Take-Aways. Speakers and steering committee members will create high level publications addressing the necessary changes that must take place to further the TESOL profession.

We look forward to welcoming you to the summit, either in person or virtually!

Dudley Reynolds, 201​6–1​7 TESOL President

Summit Delegates

Summit Delegates will attend the Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession in person, 9-10 February 2017 at the Royal Olympic Hotel, ​Athens, Greece. Delegates will be leaders who influence English language education policy in their countries or regions, and decision-makers from Teacher Education Institutions, Binational Centers, English Teacher Associations, Non-governmental organizations, and Companies serving the profession. Summit Delegates are a key piece of the Summit convening as they play a critical role in formulating and implementing recommendations that come out of the Summit. ​

Full Agenda for Athens

List of Delegates

Summit Participants

Summit Participants will attend the Summit for the Future of the TESOL Profession online starting 1 December 2016. We encourage all Summit Delegates, Researchers, Practicing Teachers, Pre-service Teachers, and English language Students to participate. In addition to participating in pre- and post- Summit conversations, all Summit Participants are invited to participate in the live streaming of the Summit in ​Athens, including opportunities to interact with Summit speakers through round-table discussions and Question and Answer periods. Registration is free.

Register online


All times are listed in Eastern European Time.

Time ​Thursday, 9 February 2017 ​Friday, 10 February 2017
8:00 am 8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
Olympia Foyer
8:30 am
9:00 am Welcoming Session & Summit Purpose*             
Olympia Hall
Reimagining ​English Competence
9:00 am – Guiding Principle Presentations*
10:00 am – Roundtable Discussions
11:00 am – Session Summaries and Q&A*
Olympia Hall

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9:30 am Futurology
9:30 am – ​Guiding Principle Presentations*
10:30 am – Roundtable Discussions
11:30 am – Session Summary and Q&A*
Olympia Hall

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10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
12:30 pm 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm
1:30 pm The Profession as a Change Agent
1:30 pm – Guiding Principle Presentations*
2:30 pm – Roundtable Discussions
3:30 pm – Session Summary and Q&A*
Olympia Hall

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2:00 pm English ​in Multilingualism
2:00 pm – Guiding Principle Presentations*
3:00 pm – Roundtable Discussions
4:00 pm – Session Summary and Q&A* 
Olympia Hall

(find the start time in your area)
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Reflection & Next Steps* 
Olympia Hall
5:00 pm
Evening 5:30 – 7:30 pm ​Welcome Reception
Rooftop Garden
*Live streamed

TESOL International Association is delighted to partner with the British Council to webcast the summit for TESOL professionals and decision-makers worldwide.

Featured Speakers

Guiding Principles






Sue Garton

Asmaa Abu Mezied

Greg Kessler

English in Multilingualism

Li Wei

Jo LoBianco

Robinah Kyeyune

Reimagining English Competence

Anne Katz

Giselle Lundy-Ponce

Ahmar Mahboob

The Profession as a Change Agent

Constant Leung

Franklin Tellez

Misty Adoniou

Suggested Readings from our Sponsors

British Council: LETs and NESTs: voices, views and vignettes
Oxford - Focus on Literacy Chapter 2
National Geographic - ELTJ English-for-Teaching

To join the TESOL Summit online conversation, please join our online discussion group.