Guiding Principles for Planning


Value statement: TESOL practice and policy should be inquiry-based, with practice informing research as well as research informing practice and policy.

Related actions

  • Promote systematic and ethical inquiry to build a strong knowledge base for the field that drives practice and policies
  • Promote inquiry on administration and policy
  • Support teacher inquiry
  • Commit to including all voices in inquiry


Value statement:  English is an additional language and should not supplant the home language(s). TESOL occurs in different contexts with varying practices, cultures, and access to resources.

Related actions

  • Be committed to social justice and equality-in-difference
  • Support English development in under-resourced areas
  • Further a commitment to multilingualism and plurilingual realities 
  • Leverage the diversity of learners as resource for learning


Value statement: Professional development should promote sustainable, continuous, collaborative, and coherent activities. The focus should be on change and innovation as opposed to academic outputs.

Related actions

  • Build a more unified and cohesive community that meets the needs of this multifaceted profession
  • Challenge the deficit model of teaching and learning, and promote the notion of the resourceful teacher 
  • Acknowledge second language teacher identities
  • Enhance ongoing TESOL professionalism through various training models such as cascading, use of technology, and/or training of trainers

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