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    TESOL-SPAIN was founded in 1977 as an independent, non-profit making Spanish association of English language teachers. Today TESOL-SPAIN is a nationwide organization with a membership that represents all sectors of English language teaching throughout the country. It is a voluntary organization dedicated to addressing pertinent issues for teachers of English in Spain. The organization provides a forum for colleagues to meet and share ideas and techniques as well as to discuss professional issues. We aim to keep our members abreast of current concerns, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of language education in Spain at regional and national events. Through our regional structure, TESOL-SPAIN organises workshops and other events in different parts of the country throughout the academic year.

    The British Council in Spain plays an active part in promoting these teachers associations, and TESOL-SPAIN is pleased to be linked to this prestigious organisation.

    Our major Collaborators

    TESOL-SPAIN is an associate member of two international teacher associations: TESOL Inc and IATEFL. We also maintain strong links with local teachers’ associations in Spain and abroad.

  • Why join TESOL-SPAIN

    • Become part of an active teachers’ association dedicated exclusively to the professional needs and interests of English language teachers in Spain.
    • Attend TESOL-SPAIN events: the Annual National Convention, local Regional events and Joint events run in conjunction with teacher’s associations in Spain and around the world.
    • Receive bimonthly podcasts, online blog, book reviews and biannual journal. Attend monthly online meet-ups for Infant & Primary Teachers and breakfast clubs. Click on TESOL-SPAIN Regional Activities Tab for more details.
    • Have access to the Member’s Area where you can find speakers’ blogs and websites, past issues of the e-newsletter, publications, recordings of past webinars, plenary and keynote speaker’s sessions.
    • Join IATEFL at the Basic Membership rate: a reduction for individuals who belong to one of IATEFL's associates.

  • EVE Award Winner

    The TESOL-SPAIN Board and Online Convention Coordinators and their Team would like to thank EVE: Equal Voices in ELT for the award given to the 2024 Annual Convention. Each year we do our best to ensure that not only the plenary speakers reflect this balance but also keynote speakers and general speakers in the Annual convention as well as in our regional events.

    Click here for information about the criteria.

  • TESOL-SPAIN Green policy

    TESOL-SPAIN is conscious and aware of the effects our organisation can have on the environment. The move to online meetings and conferences since March 2019 helped us to take many steps in the right direction. We are committed to making sure we continue to tread the same path as we move back to a post-Covid reality and F2F events. We also pledge to support teachers, schools and communities as we all strive to live a greener life.

    TESOL-SPAIN supports the work of ELT Footprint.

  • Position statement against discrimination

    In compliance with Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, TESOL-SPAIN stands in opposition to discrimination against teachers on the basis of their national, ethnic or linguistic background, religion, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, in terms of hiring, promotion, recruitment for jobs, or employment conditions.

    With respect to the common, long-standing notion, unsupported by research, that a certain ethnicity, accent, or national background gives a person an advantage as a teacher of English, TESOL-SPAIN firmly believes that all teachers should be evaluated and valued solely on the basis of their teaching competence, teaching experience, formal education and linguistic expertise. Therefore, TESOL-SPAIN does not condone job announcements that list "native English", "native command of English", "native-like fluency", "standard accented English", or similar, as required or desirable qualities.

    Interview with Annie Altamirano (former President TESOL-SPAIN, from 2014 to 2018) by Marek Kiczkowiak (TEFL Equity Advocates) on the position statement against discrimination.

    We are proud to include a badge of support for TEFL Equity Advocates.

  • Statement on Crisis in Ukraine and Palestine

    The TESOL-SPAIN board shares the world's distress and concern with the events unfolding in Ukraine and Palestine. It is our hope that the situation will soon come to a peaceful resolution. This is certainly a distressing time for the people of Ukraine and Palestine and we would appeal to all members to support a peaceful outcome.

    TESOL-SPAIN supports all teachers, teacher educators and students who make a change to opinions through education.

TESOL-SPAIN events and more

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