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Mission and Values


TESOL International Association advances professional expertise in English language teaching to speakers of other languages in multilingual contexts worldwide through professional learning, research, standards, and advocacy.

Vision Statement

TESOL International Association is the trusted global authority for knowledge and expertise in English language teaching.


 Professionalism  Offering excellence in standards, research, and practices that enhance English language teaching and learning.
 Respect Advocating for equity, diversity, inclusion, access, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and language rights.
 Integrity Committed to ethical and transparent action.
 Lifelong   Learning Enabling a culture of continuous learning.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access  

In principle and in practice, TESOL values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of English language teaching and is committed to upholding antiracist and antidiscrimination policies and practices within the association, while requiring the same level of commitment from its global partners and sponsors. TESOL promotes equitable representation, engagement and access to professional opportunities for all and proactively works to eliminate any kind of discrimination and social injustice based on individual differences, including language background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion and belief, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, culture, appearance, and geographic location.

TESOL is committed to being a welcoming organization. This commitment is reflected in our leadership, membership, sponsors, global partners, resources, and staff and by ensuring an inclusive environment at all levels. 

Diverse Voices Task Force Summary and Next Steps

Member Code of Conduct

The TESOL Member Code of Conduct provides general guidelines for conduct by TESOL Members during events, meetings, volunteer work on behalf of TESOL, TESOL peer-mentoring relationships, interactions with staff and other members, and all TESOL online spaces including (but not limited to) social media accounts and virtual events.