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TESOL Professional Papers and Briefs

TESOL Professional Papers

TESOL Professional Papers are published by TESOL International Association as a service to the field of English language teaching and learning. These papers do not necessarily represent the association’s position on the issues discussed. Written by experts, they are intended to advance salient discussions on emerging topics in the field in contexts around the world

A Principles-Based Approach for English Language Teaching Policies and Practices
Written for TESOL by Ahmar Mahboob and Namala Tilakaratna (March 2012)

This paper identifies six principles to help policymakers, researchers, and practitioners develop effective English language teaching policies and practices in varied contexts.

Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards
Written by Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda Kibler, and Aída Walqui (March 2014)

This professional paper builds on the work of TESOL’s issue briefs, Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher (February 2013) and Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs (March, 2013). It discusses the shifting landscape surrounding the new Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and their implications for building and enacting teacher expertise. This paper is written for K–12 ESL professionals, including teachers, teacher-leaders, school principals, district administrators, and other K–12 educators who work primarily or exclusively with English language learners.

Who are TESOL Professionals? A White Paper
Written by Elena Andrei and Dudley Reynolds (May 2021)

This white paper seeks to provide the profession with focused direction and guidance for researching answers to the overarching question: Who are TESOL professionals? The paper offers 1) a review of literature researching characteristics of memberships in professions internationally; 2) a flexible tool to help researchers and practitioners generate research questions about the profession; and 3) possible ways to prioritize and answer those research questions. The need for this paper stems from the need to know who TESOL professionals are specifically in terms of, but not limited to, context, training, needs, and identities. 

TESOL Policy Briefs

TESOL Policy Briefs summarize education policies in the United States and other countries that affect English language learners and educators, and the field.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: A Program for Undocumented Youth in the United States (September 2012)
On 15 August 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for deferred action on deportation from eligible undocumented immigrants between 16 and 30 years of age. This TESOL policy brief provides a summary of the new policy, the eligibility requirements, and the application procedure. Please share it with your students and colleagues.

TESOL Issue Briefs

TESOL Issue Briefs summarize education issues in the United States and other countries that affect English language learners, educators, and the field of English language teaching.

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLS (March 2013)
The purpose of this issue brief is to provide a comprehensive overview of the policies behind the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to outline some of the initiatives now in place to address the needs of English language learners (ELLs) in relation to the CCSS.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher (April 2013)
On 14 February 2013, TESOL International Association brought together 30 ESL teachers, and administrators, education experts, researchers, and thought leaders from Maryland and the District of Columbia to start a conversation on how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will change the roles of those who teach English as a second language (ESL). This paper summarizes the results of that meeting.