By now you’ve heard the good news: TESOL is now the TESOL International Association. As the president of TESOL’s Board of Directors, I can assure you that the decision to change the association’s name was not taken lightly. The Board and TESOL staff discussed the change at length, and given the ubiquity of the acronym “TESOL,” all agreed that a new name would better communicate what the association does and who it serves. I hope you are as excited about the change as I am.
Along with the name change, TESOL staff are working hard to provide members and other TESOL professionals with new ways to connect and communicate. Earlier this year we launched the TESOL Community, which has become the new communications hub for all the TESOL interest sections. In fact, maybe you’re participating in the current online discussion on putting research into practice, an event supporting the conference in Qatar on the same topic coming up in October. Later this fall, watch for online discussions with the TESOL 2012 keynote speakers.
Also later this fall, the association will launch a brand new Web site. The new site will incorporate suggestions that staff have solicited over the past year from members like you, and it will be much easier to navigate than the current site. You’ll have ready access to the resources you need to do your work.
All in all, I think this is an exciting time to be a TESOL member, and I’d like to hear from you. Please feel free to share your comments below and in the online discussion in the TESOL Community.