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TESOL International Association 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.

The Code represents a set of values that apply to all ethical judgments, actions, and decisions of TESOL Members. While the Code establishes guidelines for the conduct of TESOL Members, it cannot foresee all circumstances that may arise over the course of time. Nevertheless, each TESOL Member shares the responsibility to ensure that individual and collective conduct is appropriate.  Report Inappropriate conduct to the TESOL staff by emailing While we do not operate 24 hours a day, we will act as quickly as possible.  

Member Values

  • TESOL Members will embrace the Mission and Values of the Association.
  • TESOL Members will uphold the reputation of the profession through their respectful actions and behavior.
  • TESOL Members will encourage and support colleagues in their professional development and advocacy efforts.
  • TESOL Members will act with integrity and respect towards their colleagues and fellow members.
  • TESOL Members will not engage in any form of discrimination based on age, race, gender identity, sexual preference, religious beliefs or lack thereof, language background or proficiency, physical ability, political beliefs, culture, or appearance. Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • TESOL Members will act in a spirit of collaboration, not competition, with fellow members and colleagues.
  • TESOL Members will not knowingly be party to the dissemination of false or misleading information through any medium, including (but not limited to) conference presentations, workshops, webinars, social media posts, and e-mails.
  • TESOL Members will not engage in conduct that will damage the Association’s reputation or degrade the English language teaching profession.
  • TESOL Members will not speak on the behalf of, or claim to represent, TESOL without the consent of the executive director or executive committee.