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2011 TESOL Symposium in China

The TESOL Symposium on Sustainable Teacher Development Through Innovative Teaching and Research attracted 425 attendees from across China and a number of countries worldwide. TESOL International Association (TESOL) partnered with Beijing Normal University (BNU) in organizing the successful event, which took place July 8-9, 2011, at BNU.

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TESOL gratefully acknowledges the generous support for this professional development event provided by TESOL’s Global Partners, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Heinle, part of Cengage Learning, and the Local China Sponsors for the symposium, Higher Education Press, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, and People’s Education Press.

TESOL Symposium
Sustainable Teacher Development Through Innovative Teaching and Research

July 8–9, 2011

Beijing Normal University
Beijing, China


China, like many other countries, is experiencing rapid economic growth along with an increasing demand for English language teaching (ELT). To meet students' needs requires effective teacher development , achieved through high-quality, sustainable ELT programs, policies, and practices. In this symposium, participants will learn in-depth about key issues in ELT language policy and teacher development, and how to apply the latest ELT research and innovative practice in China today.

This symposium is organized by TESOL International Association (TESOL) in partnership with the School of Foreign Languages and Literature of Beijing Normal University. TESOL gratefully acknowledges the support of its Global Partners in making this event possible: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, and Heinle, part of Cengage Learning.

Who Should Attend?

  • Primary and middle school English teachers
  • University English teachers
  • ELT teacher development researchers

The featured speakers at the symposium are Donald Freeman, Peter Grundy, David Nunan, Wang Qiang, Don Snow, David Graddol, Gong Yafu, Cai Jigang,Cheng Xiaotang, Liu Jun, Christine Coombe, Xia Jimei, and Wang Haixiao. To access the complete program, click on "Symposium program," below.

Symposium program
Symposium Overview and Registration Form in Chinese

TESOL greatly appreciates the generous support for this symposium provided by:

Global Partners


Registration Fees and Payment Options

Registration for the symposium is now closed. TESOL is not able to accept any more registrations for this event.

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TESOL Symposia, 2002-2009

For information about TESOL symposia held in a wide variety of countries around the world, 2002-2009, visit the Symposiums page.