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TESOL Instates Communities of Practice

by David Cutler | 05/08/2018
As part of its new Communities of Practice (COPs) structure, TESOL has instated two types of member groups: Interest Sections (ISs) and Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). The purpose of these COPs is to generate knowledge and resources specific to content areas and/or expertise within the TESOL field. TESOL members can now join COPs by visiting their member profile.

ISs continue to be rooted in current research and contribute to practice in specific areas of English language teaching and learning. They also continue to create strategies for year-round communications, member engagement, and leadership development.

The newly formed PLNs are informal groups that provide members with a space to discuss specific and timely issues related to the TESOL field. They are structured by their members, and form and dissolve as needed.

The COP structure was created as part of TESOL’s governance restructuring, which occurred from October 2014 to October 2017. Member groups that existed prior to the COP structure were invited by the TESOL Board of Directors to transition to one of the two types of COPs. The current list of ISs and PLNs can be found on the TESOL website and myTESOL.

Members who are interested in creating new COPs can do so by completing the necessary steps laid out in the current COP Policy and Procedures Manual.

For more information, please visit the TESOL Communities of Practice webpage.