ABOUT THIS MEMBER COMMUNITY
IEPs exist to provide language instruction for those who, for
whatever purpose, need or desire to acquire English in a relatively
brief but intense period.
TESOL’s Intensive English Programs (IEP) Interest Section
exists to serve the needs of those who work in IEPs. The concerns of the
membership may include methodology, curriculum design, materials
development, placement, evaluation, program administration,
technology-assisted instruction, English for specific purposes, culture,
learners’ concerns, and members’ employment concerns.
Though most IEPIS members are associated with IEPs in academic
preparatory programs, the membership includes professionals involved in
all types of intensive English instruction.
The primary goals and activities of the interest section are
- to foster the recognition of English language instruction as a
professional/academic discipline at all levels of education;
to facilitate the gathering and exchange of knowledge and
information among ESOL professionals in IEPs by sponsoring special
projects, convention sessions, and publications in appropriate media;
to stimulate and disseminate scholarship, research, and
professional development regarding language teaching and related
concerns in IEPs by sponsoring special projects, convention sessions,
and publications in appropriate media;
to provide a forum for the exchange of views on IEP-related
issues through affiliate and TESOL conventions and through appropriate
to advocate for the professional concerns of the members and the students the members teach;
to mentor, advise, and train members with regard to
conference proposals, publications, and professional concerns;
to promote ethical and high professional standards of
teaching, administration, and employment practices in IEPs;
- to represent the needs and concerns of IEP professionals to the TESOL
membership, Board of Directors, Central Office, and Interest Section
Leadership Council (ISLC).
- to represent TESOL at affiliate conferences/activities and in institutional programs;
to ensure the viability and continuity of TESOL by training
and encouraging aspiring practitioners in the IEPIS to become officers;
to identify persons within the IEP community who may serve as resources to others; and
to cooperate with other organizations addressing the needs of
IEPs in order to achieve common goals.