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The brain's real super-food may be learning languages. Read about how learning languages help with brain development in an article by Casey Schwartz "Why It's Smart to Be Bilingual" (The Daily Beast, August 7, 2011).

Is English fragmenting? How many people learn English? Is a variety of English a "mistake"? Find more in the article "Whose English?" by Michael Skapinger. (Financial Times, November 8, 2007).

Read in the International Herald Tribune an article written by Seth Mydans about the growth and evolution of English as a second or foreign language where Jun Liu, past NNEST Caucus chair, and the first NNEST to be president of TESOL (2006-2007), is mentioned as TESOL's first NNEST president (April 9, 2007).

In the article "A little less accent, a little more customer service," Michael Cooney explains how customer service agents in India improved their pronunciation (ComputerWorld, November 14, 2006).

Read "Time gest touch for teachers," written by trevor Clarke to understand why teaching English in Japan is getting tougher and more competitive (Japan Times, March 28, 2006).

No Experience Necessary? Global demand for English language learning is stronger than ever, but why are the least able to teach still held in such high esteem? Andy Kirkpatrick makes the case against 'untrained natives' in this article (, January 20, 2006).

Find out in this article written by Carla Power how nonnative English speakers are changing the way people communicate, as they outnumber native speakers 3 to 1. (Newsweek International, March 7, 2005).

New from John Hopkins University: Effective reading programs for English language learners report, by Alan Cheung (Success for All Foundation).

Read the story of Esther Park and how she teaches students who like her, immigrated to the US and need to learn English (By Maria Glod, Washington Post, November 29, 2004).

American culture? Click here to see what our members use to teach it.

Empowering Nonnative English-speaking MATESOL Graduates in Career Developmen, by Lucie Moussu, Silvia Pessoa, Alejandra Reyes-Cejudo, and Fabiana Sacchi (TESOL 2002) (.doc format), discusses the challenging process that nonnative-English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) face when applying for an ESL teaching position. This presentation offers recent NNES MATESOL graduates strategies on how to handle themselves in the interview process to gain access to ESL teaching positions.

Handout for the job search workshop organized by Aya Matsuda (TESOL 2002) (.doc format)

Letter published by the International Examiner, written by Juan Martinez, one of our Caucus members, in response to a letter questioning the skills of nonnative English-speaking professionals (.doc format).

Interesting article "Do good looks equal good evaluations?" by Gabriela Montell, understand the compelling relationship between teachers' appearances and student evaluations (The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 15, 2003).

"Accents Have Advantages," by Philip Ball, is about the mutual intelligibility of nonnative speakers. People speaking English as a second language find each other just as intelligible as they do native English speakers, US linguists have found (Nature News, September 8, 2003).

TESOL Quarterly and Non-native Speaker-Writers: An Interview with Sandra McKay Asian Journal of English Language Teaching Vol. 9, 1999, pp. 99-103.

Visit our NNEST of the Month Blog to read interviews about other NNEST members. Also, feel free to post comments and ideas about teaching ESL/EFL, work or school.

Read the Position Statement Against Discrimination of Nonnative Speakers in the Field of TESOL here.


Find or advertise a TESOL job with JobFinder.


TESOL's Awards and Grants website: here!


TESOL Conferences and Events here!


TESOL International Research Foundation Call for Research Proposals.


Official Position Statements approved by the TESOL Board of Directors on a broad range of issues related to the field of teaching English as an additional language.


Submit an Item for TESOL Connection E-Newsletter (TESOL in Focus, The First Click, TESOL Tips, and others).


Write for Essential Teacher, a magazine that welcomes submissions that reflect "you and your professional lives."


Around the world calendar of TESOL-related events.


Where in the TESOL community do you work? What do you do there? What makes your?work as an English language educator?worthwhile, unique, and interesting? The association invites its members to share their stories. E-mail stories (100-500 words) and an image (of you or related to your work) ?to Read inspiring stories here.


Nonnative Language Educators' Issues Interest Group, California TESOL.

U.S. Census Report: Language Use and English-Speaking Ability: 2000.

Open Doors on the Web provides useful statistics on international students and scholars in the US.

A TESOL Statement on Non-native Speakers of English and Hiring Practices passed in October 1991; published in TESOL Matters Aug/Sept 1992 Issue (pdf format).