Black English Language Professionals & Friends (BELPaF)

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The Black English Language Professionals and Friends (BELPaF) forum exists to enhance the professional growth and development of TESOL professionals of color and to support the needs of ELLs of color and their teachers. The BELPaF forum is inclusive in nature and welcomes the participation of all who are interested in issues affecting students and teachers of color worldwide and is a resource for the TESOL community.

BELPaF Goals

  • Ensure excellence in English language teaching by providing opportunities for networking and mentoring among professionals of color in the field of TESOL
  • Provide support for teachers who teach ELLs of color worldwide
  • Increase the number of people of color in the field of TESOL
  • Advocate for more racially and culturally diverse contributions to and representation in ESOL textbooks, materials, and literature
  • Encourage research, publications, and convention proposals on issues related to varieties of English in their distinctive cultural, sociolinguistic, and educational contexts
  • Oppose discriminatory hiring practices and stereotypes or negative images of people of color worldwide


CoChairs: @Tomeka Robinson and @Mary Romney 
Past Chair:
@Lavette Coney

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