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Is the TESOL membership worth it?

  • 1.  Is the TESOL membership worth it?

    Posted 27 days ago
    Dear the TESOL community,

    Hello and thanks for reading my post. I'm on the fence with regards to paying for a yearly membership. Just curious what some of you think. Is it worth it?

    Thanks so much,

    Michael Hitchko

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    Michael Hitchko

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  • 2.  RE: Is the TESOL membership worth it?

    Posted 26 days ago
    Edited by Nikki Ashcraft 26 days ago
    Dear Michael:

    As someone who has been a member of TESOL International for 28 years, I can say "Yes!"  It is well worth the money spent.  Being a member of the association allows you to be an active participant in the Interest Sections and the Professional Learning Networks, where you can meet other teachers who share your concerns and interests.  Membership gives you access to free webinars throughout the year by leaders in our field.  You also receive discounts on TESOL Press books and TESOL's professional development courses.  And through TESOL's weekly newsletters, you will be up-to-date on everything TESOL around the world.

    I know it may seem like a large expense, but there are different categories of membership (https://www.tesol.org/about-tesol/membership) depending on your geographic area and the stage of your career. Plus, it's cheaper if you join for 2-years rather than one.  Consider it an investment in your career!  When you list on your CV, or mention in job interviews, that you are a member of TESOL International, it shows employers that you are dedicated to your professional growth and development.

    During my career, I have taught in the U.S., Latin America, and the Middle East.  I have been a classroom teacher, a program administrator, and a teacher educator.  No matter where I was, or what I did, I have always found a community in TESOL.

    Hope you'll join us.

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    Nikki Ashcraft
    Associate Teaching Professor
    University of Missouri
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  • 3.  RE: Is the TESOL membership worth it?

    Posted 26 days ago
    Hello Nikki,

    Great to read your response. Wow, you've been a member for 28 years!! Talk about getting information straight from the horse's mouth, as they say!! Thanks for mentioning the cost of the membership. I'm happy TESOL .ORG offers different tiers for teachers. And, you're right about the membership being an investment!! I couldn't agree more that having this membership is a way of showing your dedication to professional development.

    And, more importantly, like Georgios mentioned in this thread, it's a way of connecting and sharing with other people in our field.

    Thanks Nikki,

    Mike

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    Michael Hitchko
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: Is the TESOL membership worth it?

    Posted 25 days ago
    In addition to what Nikki wrote, I would add that membership in TESOL also supports the Association's advocacy activities not only in the USA but around the world.  When TESOL speaks, it speaks for the profession.  Whether the voice speaks on political matters (to wit: the ongoing US immigration policy struggle over international students) or socio-political matters (e.g., support for non-native speaker instructors), or matters related to best practice in the field - when TESOL speaks, it does so as a powerful voice for the profession.  While individual voices matter, the combined voices of all of us get even more attention, especially at levels where critical decisions are made.  TESOL's voice can make a difference.  I encourage everyone in the field to become a member of TESOL and/or a local affiliate not only to take advantage of the professional development opportunities that Nikki outlined so well, but also to support one another through the power of a strong voice for the profession.  -Mark Algren, TESOL International Association President, 2009-2010

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    Mark Algren
    Executive Director
    Ctr for English Lang Lrning Univ of Missouri
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  • 5.  RE: Is the TESOL membership worth it?

    Posted 17 days ago
    Dear Mark,

    Thanks for your reply. Great insight regarding the voice of TESOL. I had never thought about the possibility that a membership could unify individual voices and be a catalyst for a stronger voice in the profession.

    Thanks so much Mark,

    Michael Hitchko

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    Michael Hitchko
    Tutor/Instructor
    Shasta College
    United States
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  • 6.  RE: Is the TESOL membership worth it?

    Posted 26 days ago
    Dear Michael,

    Just to add to Nikki's excellent response.  I think that you should consider joining TESOL as it is your professional family.  TESOL is the central point of English Language Teaching nowadays from many perspectives.  From a practical perspective, you can visit the TESOL Resource Center where you can find practical lesson plans and other resources for your class.  You have exclusive members rate at the TESOL Bookstore, where you can find publications of your interest.  There are many benefits joining TESOL, you can see a list of them here.  You can find information about Research, Advocacy, and you can apply for grants and awards!

    Last but not least, TESOL Is a community of like-minded people that will share the same thoughts, feelings, and frustrations.

    I would highly recommend that you become a member, and I am looking forward to seeing your TESOL journey!

    Georgios


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    Georgios Kormpas ANPC Chair
    Director Teaching, Learning & Development Center
    Al Yamamah University
    Saudi Arabia
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  • 7.  RE: Is the TESOL membership worth it?

    Posted 26 days ago
    Hello Georgios,

    Thank you for your thoughtful reply regarding the membership. I like the idea of having lesson plans available at the TESOL resource center. Plus, it's good to know that members can receive book discounts, not to mention that members can also apply for grants and awards!! And, more to your main point; it sounds like a great place to feel a sense of professional belonging!!

    Thanks Georgios

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    Michael Hitchko
    United States
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