Professional organizations host conferences, meet-ups, courses, workshops, and other opportunities to advance your teaching skills and network. Check one out near you!

International associations

TESOL International Association –

TESOL is based in the United States with its main office in Alexandria, Virginia. It describes itself as “an international association of professionals advancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy.” National organizations based outside the United States and affiliated with TESOL are listed in its Worldwide Affiliate Directory.

IATEFL – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language –

IATEFL is a UK-based professional membership organization and registered charity which began in 1967 as a forum for professional teachers. Its mission is “linking, developing and supporting English language teaching professionals worldwide.” IATEFL’s List of IATEFL Associates shows its international reach.

National and regional organizations

Argentina: ARTESOL – Argentina TESOL

Australia: ACTA – Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Canada: TESL Canada

Costa Rica: ACPI-TESOL

Czech Republic: ATECR – Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic

Japan: JALT – Japan Association for Language Teaching

Korea: KOTESOL – Korea TESOL


New Zealand: TESOLANZ – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand

Spain: TESOL Spain

Taiwan: ETA-ROC – English Teacher’s Association of the Republic of China

United States: See TESOL’s list of US state-level affiliates

Written by Karen Bee

Karen taught ESL in South Korea for seven years before returning to Canada.

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