Just for Students

Discounted Registration Fees:

  • Students receive a discounted TESOL membership rate of $33 for 1 year or $56 for 2 years if currently enrolled at least half-time at a degree granting institution.
  • Student members get the discounted registration rate of $140 (before 1 February).

Why attend the TESOL International Convention?

Graduate Student Forum: A 1-day mini-conference that invites graduate students in TESOL teacher preparation programs to:

  • Share the results of their research, their teaching ideas and experiences, and the materials they have developed
  • Meet and network with graduate students and faculty at other universities
  • Formally participate in the TESOL convention without having to meet the early deadlines for submitting proposals or to compete with experienced professionals for time on the convention program
  • Experience the process of organizing a conference and adjudicating proposals

 For more information visit the Graduate Student Forum page.

Doctoral Forum: A 1-day mini-conference run by doctoral students and TESOL faculty and professionals. The purpose of the Forum is to allow students to:

  • Meet and network with other doctoral students and university faculty
  • Share experiences and expertise in research methods, dissertation processes, teaching nd learning experiences, and helpful resources
  • Give formal presentations on dissertation work

For more information visit the Doctoral Forum page.

The Reception for New Members & First-time Attendees – Wednesday, 28 March 3:30pm-5pm.
Hear from TESOL volunteer leadership and staff. Ask questions directly to TESOL’s president and executive director.  Meet veteran members of TESOl and listen to their helpful suggestion on how to navigate the convention and TESOL. Connect with other attendees and share your thoughts about TESOL and the international convention. Win something! A drawing will be held at the end of the reception for some special TESOL prizes.

Plenary Sessions

In Pursuit of Excellence for All, Alberto Carvalho. Wednesday, 28 March 5:30pm-7pm.
The Sociolinguistic Intersection of Spanish and English, William Labov. Thursday, 29 March 8:30am-9:30am.
The “My English” Condition: SLA as Individual and Social Construction, Kurt Kohn. Thursday, 29 March 2pm-3pm.
Teacher Effectiveness in ELT: Empirical and Practical Perspectives, Christine Coombe. Friday, 30 March 8:30am-9:30am.
The Bilingual Turn and Language Teaching: “Minding” Our Language, Heidi Byrnes. Friday, 30 March 2pm-3pm.
The Future of TESOL: Challenges and Opportunities, Jun Liu. Saturday, 8:30am-9:30am.

Job MarketPlace
Construct or upload electronic resumes. Search jobs online. Request interviews online. Maintain a personal calendar of scheduled interviews.
Meet recruiters and interview face-to-face. Network with other professionals in the field

Breakfast With TESOL’s Best
Publishing Teachers’ Research in TESOL: Advice for Novice Writers, Tim Steward. Thursday, 29 March 2012

Tea With TESOL’s Best
Getting a Start as a Textbook Writer, Joe McVeigh. Friday, 30 March 2012


View all convention sessions using the convention planner. Search by topic, interest section, day, and other search terms.

Schmoozing 101 for International Graduate Students, Liz Tummons ; Rebecca Oreto. 29 March, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM. Interest Section: International Teaching Assistants. Content Area: Sociolinguistics, culture.

Session Summary: Networking skills are essential for graduate students to engage successfully in academic and professional settings. However, language and cultural differences leave international students at a disadvantage and hinder professional development. Presenters cover the basics of networking and show exercises and activities used to help international students to bridge the gap.

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: The Next Generation, Christine Feak. 29 March, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM. Interest Section: No Specific Interest Section Assigned

Session Summary: Research on academic writing has been moving in exciting new directions and changing our views on what we should teach. Old perspectives have been challenged, while new ones have been introduced, prompting the need for new materials. Come and find out how Academic Writing for Graduate Students has been revised.

Drawing From Our Strengths: Collaborating Nonnative/Native Graduate Students and Colleagues, Mary Shepard Wong; Richard Robison; Tasha Bleistein. 29 March, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM. Interest Section: Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL. Content Area: Sociopolitical concerns

Session Summary: Research shows that nonnative and native English speaking teachers have unique strengths and weaknesses and collaboration can augment strengths and compensate for weaknesses. This presentation describes how such TESOL colleagues and graduate students have drawn from their strengths to collaborate on assignments, study abroad, conference presentations, and publications.

Orchestrating a Job Search Clinic for International Students and Scholars, Helen Dolive; Susan Olmstead-Wang; Kent Hamilton; Kristi Shaw-Selah. Interest Section: English for Specific Purposes. Content Area: Content-Based Language Instruction.

Session Summary: This session focuses on how to create a job search clinic for international students and scholars to help them develop their interview skills, including representing their strengths with appropriate clarity and cultural sensitivity, inserting their comments into a flowing conversation and negotiating the pragmatics of a U.S. job interview.

"The Real Thing" DVD Series Prepares Students for College, Martha Kendall. 30 March, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM. Interest Section: No Specific Interest Section Assigned.

Session Summary: "The Real Thing" and "More of The Real Thing" contain authentic videos of diverse college classes, ideal for students practicing the language and culture of the mainstream curriculum. The accompanying skill-building books coach students in note taking, preparing for tests, and learning behaviors vital for success in U.S. colleges.

Publish or No Degree: Scholarly Publication by NNES Doctoral Students, Sun Yung Song. 30 March, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM. Interest Section: Second Language Writing. Content Area: Writing, composition

Session Summary: This presentation reports on the findings of a study that examined how the writing-for-publication process of NNES science doctoral students was influenced by various academic sociopolitical factors such as the English-medium publication requirement for doctoral graduation and the advisor-advisee relationship. Suggestions for university faculty and TESOL professionals are addressed.

Empowering Students to Identify Themselves as Professional Educators, Jody Fernando. 31 March, 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM. Interest Section: Teacher Education. Content Area: Leadership

Session Summary: Many undergraduate teachers-in-training have an unclear understanding of the TESOL profession. A crucial role of teacher educators is to guide them toward this professional understanding. This session shows how one teacher educator created a TESOL student society to provide professional development, leadership, and service learning opportunities for her students.


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