English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, TESOL


Incorporated in 1966, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), is a global association for English language teaching (ELT) professionals. The association is headquartered in Alexandria,Virginia, USA. It encompasses a network of approximately 60,000 educators worldwide, comprising more than 11,500 individual members and an additional 42,000 educators within the 100-plus TESOL global affiliate associations.

English as a Foreign Language Interest Section (EFL-IS) is the largest interest section in TESOL with 3321 members, including 1502 primary members and 1502 secondary members from over 40 countries and regions (This is based upon TESOL Central Office’s statistics by October 2010).

EFL-IS facilitates idea exchanges on global and specific EFL/ESL issues, bringing together professionals who have had or intend to have EFL/ESL experiences in different countries, and provides an global network on teaching positions and professional interests.

TESOL Membership Statistics by October 2010
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  1. I think this is great initiative; I always read all the messages that are being exhcanged among us participants to the list; I get greaat and vibrant suggestions from reading you; sometimes, I use excerpts to exemplify to my students the vivid debate that’s going on among us ESL, EFL, E+, English Additional, or whatever… professionals.

    Marina Morbiducci,
    President of TESOL-Italy
    Junior Lcturer
    University “La Sapienza” Rome, Italy

    Comment by marina morbiducci — May 2, 2010 @ 5:39 am

  2. Sorry about the two misprints on “exchanged” and “great”: too much emotional rush!

    Comment by marina morbiducci — May 2, 2010 @ 5:41 am

    • Hi Marina,

      Thank you very much for visiting and commenting on our site. Thank you also for the nice words you said about our IS e-list. Toni Hull is our e-list manager and I agree she is doing a great job. We truly hope our e-list and Web site can be of some hlep to our IS members all over the world. With the world-wide economic down-turns, fewer IS members can afford to come to the U.S. to attend the Convention now. Our e-list and Web site can therefore play a greater role in facilitating the communication between our IS members and idea exchange on global and specific EFL/ESL issues of our common interests and concerns. We sincerely wish our readers will use this Web site to provide valuable feedback and input, and help us better serve our IS membership and readers in genreal.

      Thank you again.

      Best wishes,

      Ke Xu
      EFL-IS Chair

      Comment by tesolefl — May 2, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  3. Congrats to whoever were involved on this fantastic accomplishment! No doubt EFL is and has always been one of the most active TESOL IS. I remember in 2004 when appointed EFL-IS manager we would receive more than 20 mails per day to moderate from the most diverse places in the globe! Way to go!

    Orlando from Uruguay.

    Comment by Orlando Rodriguez — May 2, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

  4. Thank you for this wonderful site.

    James Treece

    Comment by James Treece — May 4, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

  5. Dear Toni and Ke Xu,

    Great initiative. Let me know if I can be of any help to you.

    Cheers from Brazil.

    Carla Arena

    Comment by Carla Arena — May 5, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  6. This is wonderful! Many thanks to all who contributed their great efforts!
    Eileen Prince

    Comment by Eileen Prince — May 6, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  7. Hello:
    If you are looking for a seasoned
    ESL trainer/communicator, please think of me.

    Comment by joan ramirez — May 9, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  8. Dear ALL,
    I am nearly completed with my degree, and I am hoping to find an accredited US University that has already or will endorse the TESOL Master’s Degree distance program at the University of Tasmania in Australia. UTAS is well known internationally but I do not find anywhere a University in the US that has or will endorse it.

    I have applied for an ESL position with the US Gov’t schools here on Guam (where good jobs are far and few between). I must have at least 12 university hours in ESL and, despite ESL teaching certificates in Alaska and Florida (of which I received certification through a 300 hour district program – much more arduous than 12 sem hours) and 3 yrs teaching experience, they will not accept this degree or my credits unless the program is accredited…

    I welcome any assistance or advice you can offer!
    Thank you!
    Melody Hall

    Comment by Melody Hall — May 25, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    • Dear ALL, Melody, I can’t help you re accreditation, but I am looking at studying the Med Tesol at Uni Tasmania and was wondering if you could let me know what you thought about the course. Did it help you as a Tesol teacher? Would love to hear back from you.


      Comment by Ingrid — June 5, 2010 @ 2:51 am

      • Dear Ingrid,
        I think it is a very good program. There may be better out there, but for me at this time in my life it was perfect. I was not sure where or when I would be moving from Alaska to Guam so needed online. There is A LOT of flexibility in what you choose to study and research. I do wish there was more interaction say through moodle or online conferences or seminars and such. There is absolutely none. That would be the only thing I would wish to add to the program. I think it has helped me immensely, to learn and discover more about the field, especially to update on new research, methods, and exploring current internet use with TESOL. The other frustration is the problem of having the program approved by a US regionally accredited university. If that is not an issue for you, or unless you can find a comparable program that also adds more interaction and communication, then I say go for it. Let me know if you have any other questions – staff is great! all the best!

        Comment by Melody Hall — June 6, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

  9. Thanks Melody. Have applied. Awaiting feedback re application. I looked at many programs and UTAS seeed to offer just the subjects I was looking for (I have completed a Masters in Applied Linguistics adn wanted something more practical). I’m in Europe and this study is accepted to work in Universities and other private institutions.

    Thanks for the information.

    Comment by Ingrid — August 23, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    • great Ingrid! let me know how it goes if you think of it. I am awaiting my testumar and official transcripts and then will be submitting to either WES or IERF for evaluation – jobs in US require the degree to be equivalent to one at a US accredited university – another hoop to jump through! I am also looking at further education, as here on Guam not a decent job in this field… all the best!

      Comment by Melody Hall — August 23, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

  10. This is a good idea and a great resource for those who want to exchange ideas on TEFL and TESOL.

    Comment by helpforyourenglish — January 12, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  11. Really like the graphical design and navigation of the site, easy on the eyes and good content. other sites are just way too overflowing with adds

    Comment by Kitchen Aid repair los angeles — March 8, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

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