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Professional Associations for ESL Teachers
Illinois TESOL-BE or ITBE (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages-Bilingual Education)
This organization is the Illinois affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, see below). ITBE holds an annual two-day conference in the Chicago area for ESL teachers at all levels. The conference features national speakers as well as local presenters. In addition, the organization provides two half-day "workshops" in the fall and spring, webinars for members, a job bank, and an online newsletter. The organization also awards scholarships to members for undergraduate and graduate study as well as for attending the annual conference.
TESOL International Association
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the primary professional association for ESL and EFL teachers worldwide. The organization is based in Alexandria, Virginia and has state and regional affiliates in the U.S. and around the world. TESOL holds an annual convention in the U.S. or Canada which features many internationally recognized researchers and practitioners in the field. In 2018, the TESOL convention will be held in Chicago! TESOL members have access to employment information, TESOL online publications, courses, and more.
Professional Associations for Adult Educators
IACEA (Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association)
IACEA is a professional association for adult educators in Illinois. Its annual conference is usually held in Central Illinois and features sessions on all areas of adult education, including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, GED, ESL, and more. IACEA also works to represent the concerns of adult educators and learners to state and national legislators.
COABE (Commission on Adult Basic Education)
This is a national association for adult educators. Each year, COABE holds a convention where sessions are presented on all aspects and areas of adult education. National and local speakers are featured. COABE also offers regional conferences across the country in different locations each year. COABE members can receive the association's research publications and newsletters.
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