October 1, 2017
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Ester de Jong, TESOL International Association, President

Dear Affiliate Leaders,

Thank you for this opportunity to write a brief note to the affiliate leaders and members of the affiliate associations. Let me begin by acknowledging the challenges faced by many of our members in the wake of earthquakes and hurricanes. On behalf of TESOL’s Board of Directors, I want you to know that our thoughts are with you all and we extend our support as you work collectively to rebuild your lives. These are hard times for many and we stand by you and your families.

As some of you may know, my entry into the TESOL field was through my state affiliate, Sunshine State TESOL (SSTESOL) in Florida, USA. Participating in SSTESOL has shown me the power of being part of an affiliate as well as some of its challenges, especially when you are a beginning affiliate or a smaller affiliate. It has also confirmed how much our contexts of English language teaching vary within and across national boundaries and hence, how important affiliates are to support TESOL International Association’s mission to provide professionals with access to relevant and quality ELT expertise.

The 100+ affiliate associations are part of a diverse network of affiliates with tremendous potential for collaboration. Through our partnerships, we can connect across borders, share our knowledge and experiences, and break down barriers that may prevent access to quality English teaching. I look forward to hearing more about your work this year. Feel free to email me at edejong@tesol.org.

With warm regards,


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