The arts have a long history in TESOL, where they’ve been used to engage students, develop creativity and deepen language learning. Drawing on a wide range of artistic traditions (drama, music, visual art, multimedia, dance, film, puppetry, poetry, storytelling and more) and broader conceptualizations of creativity in the classroom, the Arts and Creativity PLN creates a space for TESOLers to reflect on the role of the arts in language teaching and to share teaching practices that integrate the arts and develop students’ creativity.
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Assessment affects every aspect of instruction and educational practice. The Assessment Issues Professional Learning Network (PLN) provides a platform for discussion on such aspects of assessment as traditional vs. alternative, standards-based, standardized, high-stakes, etc. In line with the TESOL International Association’s goals and strategic planning, the Assessment Issues PLN strives to increase TESOL members’ knowledge, tools, and resources to enhance their expertise and practice in testing practices and expand TESOL's capacity for members’ professional learning opportunities. Dissemination opportunities through the Assessment Issues PLN will increase access to research in assessment theory and practice, both in hosting researchers and practitioners in conference presentations and in encouraging publications with assessment issues as their focus. The Assessment Issues PLN has as its ethical core the promotion of integrity in assessment guided by best practices in fairness and transparency, seeking to improve current testing praxis to provide academic access to the core curriculum and protection for individual English learners’ language rights.
The Black English Language Professionals & Friends (BELPaF) Professional Learning Network (PLN) exists to enhance the professional growth and development of ESOL professionals of color and to support the needs of ESOL students of color and their teachers. The BELPaF PLN is inclusive in nature and welcomes the participation of all who are interested in issues affecting students and teachers of color worldwide.
The Career Path Development Professional Learning Network (PLN) is committed to addressing professional development throughout members' careers. This PLN will promote intentional efforts to build member career paths. Focusing on professional excellence, the Career Path Development PLN will provide new resources for teachers in search of direction throughout their careers.
The Environmental Responsibility Professional Learning Network (PLN) recognizes that environmental issues frequently affect different groups of people differently. Marginalized populations disproportionately suffer from negative consequences of environmental destruction. Raising awareness of environmental injustice is thus a necessary component to respecting diversity and human rights. The Environmental Responsibility PLN believes that empowering students with the knowledge and resources they need to face current and future environmental problems is a core responsibility of all educators. We also believe that all organizations --- including schools and language programs ---have a responsibility to do their part in maintaining a healthy environment. The purpose of the Environmental Responsibility PLN is to bring together English teachers, program administrators, and other English language professionals interested in environmental issues. By serving as a place for TESOL professionals to exchange ideas in this area, we seek to advance professional expertise.
The purpose of this Professional Learning Network (PLN) is to provide a platform where members can explore the role of personal faith in ELT. Canagarajah (2009) noted that “social and philosophical trends have led to a point when … the spiritual cannot be kept out of the mainstream. Also, we live in a time when the personal finds a legitimate place in the academy” (p. 15). Accordingly, in this PLN, participants from different faith backgrounds will discuss how their faith influences their teacher identities and pedagogical practices, and learn from each other’s diverse perspectives. For that large segment of the TESOL community who are also members of various faith communities, faith is an essential element of personal identity, and hence of teacher identity. This PLN thus supports TESOL’s mission to advance professional development through supporting integrated teacher identity. It also supports the strategic objective to expand the variety of professional learning opportunities.
The Global Education PLN covers a broad, diverse range and exchange of content and activities, based on the emerging academic field of Global Education, focusing on professional development related to high-quality instruction of ESL/EFL, relevant to the needs of learners worldwide in the twenty-first century. A relatively new interdisciplinary field of degree and certificate study in universities and colleges around the world, global education is flourishing as a significant area of research, teaching and learning that is being incorporated into curriculum in many contexts and at all levels of instruction, from primary school to higher education.
The Intensive English Programs PLN addresses issues related to curriculum design and implementation, assessment, teaching standards, and research relevant to teaching English primarily to nonnative international students attending intensive and semi-intensive programs related to regular academic study.
The International Interfaith Palestinian Educators and Friends for Peace, Justice, & Reconciliation Professional Learning Network (PLN) is designed to promote international exchange and collaboration between Palestinian English language educators and friends in the Middle East and concerned TESOL professionals throughout the world. A particular moral, ethical and spiritual emphasis guides us as we engage in courageous interfaith conversations for justice, peace and reconciliation. The International Interfaith Palestinian Educators and Friends for Peace, Justice, & Reconciliation PLN supports professional language education collaboration in a global community to support accessible high-quality education in refugee camps and in challenging educational contexts of conflict and war.
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Friends (ILGBTQF) Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a global community of English language education professionals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or "Friends." We are practitioners and academics, producers and consumers of educational research, who affirm and respect the diverse sexual and gender identities of English Language students, teachers, and teacher trainers by seeking to foster learning environments free of bigotry, prejudice, and violence. Our work manifests TESOL International Association’s commitment to non-discrimination and aligns with its core values. It fulfills TESOL’s mission of advancing the quality of English language teaching in a number of ways, including advancing the availability of knowledge about the experiences of LGBTQ educators and students through research; developing resources and tools to enable TESOL members to engage in advocacy for LGBTQ educators and learners; incorporating relevant research into TESOL professional training and teaching materials; and providing a positive member experience for TESOL members regardless of sexuality or gender identity.
The TESOL Diversity Collaborative Professional Learning Network (PLN) aims to acknowledge the complex diversity and intersecting journeys of English language professionals and English learners worldwide by producing avenues for professional development, advocacy, and scholarship to inform practice, governance and learning standards. This work aims to increase access and inclusion for TESOL professionals, and therefore, the reach of TESOL through the development of more mindful and equitable practice in TESOL and professional development, which aims to ensure more positive experiences from diverse participants by creating tools and raising awareness through critical reflective practices that support the agency and advocacy of diverse TESOL professionals on behalf of themselves and their students.
The Video Professional Learning Network (PLN) focuses on production and use of videos and multimedia for English language learning. It provides resources and offers teachers and students insight into how to create their own materials. The Video PLN builds bridges with video and multimedia techniques, thus providing constantly evolving platforms to collaborate and communicate and helping to enrich the English teaching and learning experience worldwide. The Video PLN provides tutorials on how teachers can develop their own content to engage their students and how to find unique and improved ways to use video and digital media for classroom learning and the flipped classroom.