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Mar 2018
Mar 2018


McCormick Place Convention Center 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago , Illinois 60616
Tel: (312) 791-7000
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TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages






$195 - $875


Event Overview:

With more than 6,500 attendees, 1,000 education sessions, and 150 exhibits, the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo is the largest professional development event in the TESOL field.

The convention offers professional development opportunities to English language educators at all levels from around the world. In lively interactive sessions, educators develop a global perspective through the exchange of ideas and practices. Participants integrate knowledge of current trends in the field while developing a professional network.

Exhibitor Information:

English Language Expo

The English Language Expo, the largest of its kind, provides the opportunity to showcase your latest products, publications, software, and ESOL teaching tools to more than 6,500 international TESOL professionals.

Gain added exposure and stand out from competitors by combining TESOL’s advertising, sponsorship, and exhibiting opportunities and reach leaders in the profession—program directors, ESL/EFL instructors and educators, and most influential people throughout the field.

To ensure your success and increase your bottom line, we have created a dynamic exhibit hall, and an array of highly effective advertising and brand‑building opportunities to ensure maximum visibility. You are invited to be part of the most highly regarded and attended meeting of the year. Exhibiting information is available in May for the upcoming Expo.

About TESOL:

Founded in 1966, TESOL International Association is a professional community of educators, researchers, administrators, and students committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide. With more than 13,000 members representing 170 countries, TESOL fosters the exchange of ideas, research, and peer-to-peer knowledge, and provides expertise, resources, and a powerful voice on issues affecting the profession. Through professional development programs, its international convention, worldwide affiliates, special interest groups, and publications, TESOL engages tens of thousands of professionals to collaborate globally and create a world of opportunity for millions of people of all ages who want to learn English.

Hosted by Illinois TESOL/BE (ITBE).


Mar 27   
8:00 am–12:00 pm Educational Site Visits*
8:00 am–5:00 pm Preconvention Institutes*
8:30 am–11:30 am Leadership Forum (Grant Park)
8:00 am–5:00 pm Doctoral Research Forum*
8:00 am–5:00 pm Master's Student Forum*
8:30 am–5:00 pm Affiliate Leaders' Workshop (N226)
1:00 pm–3:00 pm Interest Section Leaders' Workshop (E451a)
1:00 pm–5:00 pm TESOL Professional Council Meetings
3:30 pm–5:00 pm Reception for New Members & First-Time Attendees (E353bc)
5:30 pm–7:00 pm Opening Keynote: Shabana Basij-Rasikh (Arie Crown Theater)
7:00 pm–9:00 pm Interest Section Steering Committee Meetings (E451a)
Mar 28   
8:00 pm–9:00 pm Presidential Keynote: Ester de Jong (Arie Crown Theater)
12:30 pm–1:45 pm Poster Sessions (Hall D1)
12:30 pm–2:30 pm Affiliate Communications Workshop (E270)
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Interest Section Editors' Workshop (E266)
3:15 pm–4:15 pm Interest Section myTESOL Workshop (E266)
4:00 pm–5:00 pm Town Meeting (E259)
3:00 pm–3:45 pm Tea With Distinguished TESOLers*


Interest Section Open Meetings (Wednesday)

5:00 pm–6:30 pm Adult Education (N131)
  Bilingual Education (N126)
  Computer-Assisted Language Learning (N135)
  Elementary Education (N128)
  English as a Foreign Language (N137)
  Higher Education (N132)
  International Teaching Assistants (N129)
  Materials Writers (N133)
  Secondary Schools (N127)
  Teacher Education (N130)


6:45 pm–8:15 pm Applied Linguistics (N136)
  English for Specific Purposes ((N137)
  Intensive English Programs ((N131)
  Intercultural Communications (N127)
  Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (N126)
  Program Administration (N129)
  Refugee Concerns (N133)
  Second Language Writing (N135)
  Social Responsibility (N132)
  Speech, Pronunciation, Listening (N130)
  Video and Digital Producion (N128)
Mar 29   
8:00 am–9:00 pm James E. Alatis Plenary: Zoltan Dornyei (Arie Crown Theater)
9:30 am–11:00 am Affiliate Assembly (N226)
11:15–12:45 pm Affiliate Colloquium (N226)
12:30 pm–1:30 pm Poster Sessions (Hall D1)
1:00 pm–3:00 pm Interest Section Assembly (E265)
3:00 pm–3:45 pm Tea With Distinguished TESOLers* (Grant Park)
5:00 pm–6:30 pm TESOL Annual Business Meeting (Grant Park)
7:00 pm–9:00 pm TESOL's Taste of Chicago Celebration (Regency Ballroom)
Mar 30   
8:00 am–9:00 am Friday Keynote: Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (Arie Crown Theater)
12:30 pm–1:45 pm Poster Sessions (Hall D1)
2:00 pm–2:45 pm Tea With Distinguished TESOLers*

Keynote Speakers

Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Cofounder and President

School of Leadership, Afghanistan

Afghanistan's First and Only All-Girls Boarding School: Stories and Challenges

Afghanistan has been torn apart by decades of war, and Basij-Rasikh believes the best way to create a stable and prosperous country is to raise a highly educated leadership generation. Basij-Rasikh shares how the School of Leadership, Afghanistan, is addressing the challenges Afghan girls face to accessing quality education.

Shabana Basij-Rasikh was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, and completed high school and college in the United States. Cofounder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan, a nonprofit dedicated to providing Afghan girls a rigorous education and helping them enter universities worldwide. Widely recognized as a leading advocate for girls’ education, she has received the Davis Peace Prize and was named one of National Geographic’s 2014 Emerging Explorers and one of CNN International’s Leading Women of 2014. Shabana is also a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education.

Ester de Jong


School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida

TESOL as Nexus: Strategies for the Future

Our profession increasingly expects us to sustain interconnectedness and encourage dialogue among widely diverse constituents. Being part of these conversations can challenge long-held beliefs and accepted practice. Why should we embrace this challenge? How can we engage with each other as ELT professionals to address the needs of the future? 

Ester de Jong is a professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida. She teaches courses in bilingual and bicultural education and in curriculum, methods, and assessment for English speakers of other languages. Her research interests include two-way bilingual education and other integrated models for language minority schooling, educational language policy, and teacher preparation for bilingual students.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Professor

University of Southern California

Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning: Why Emotions Are Fundamental to Learning

Immordino-Yang presents her research on the neuropsychology of social-emotional feelings, including their deep visceral roots in the feeling and regulation of the body and consciousness, their propensity to heighten one’s own subjective sense of self-awareness and purpose, and their connections to memory and cultural learning. 

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is a social-affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist who studies social emotion and self-awareness across cultures, connections to resilience and morality, and implications for education. She is associate professor of education, psychology, and neuroscience at the University of Southern California. A former public junior high school science teacher,  she has been named among the most influential scholars in education by Education Week’s RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings. She has received numerous national awards for her research and for engaging the public with science, and in 2015 she was elected president of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society.


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