About TESOL France

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) France, an affiliate of TESOL Inc. and IATEFL, is a non-profit organization of teachers of English in France run entirely by volunteers. Its purposes are to stimulate professional development, to disseminate information about research, books and other materials related to English, and to strengthen instruction and research. The Teaching Times our quarterly magazine, contains articles, interviews, ready-to-use activities, and reviews. The TESOL France Blog allows you to stay in touch and contribute to what's happening in the world of teaching. Our electronic mailing list is open to members and non-members, keeping you up-to-date on all our events. To sign up, send an email to: tesol@enst.fr.

33rd Annual TESOL France Colloquium: November 14, 15, 16 2014

with Stephen Krashen and Carol Read
and a host of other speakers and presenters


November 14,15 16th 2014.
Friday: 17:00-21:00
Saturday 9:00 - 19:00 + Special Dinner, Reservations Required
Sunday 9:00-17:00

Télécom ParisTech
49 rue Barrault
75013 Paris, France

(map and directions here)

Please bring a photo ID to present at the venue entrance.

This event is FREE to TESOL France members and exhibitors.
Non-member registration fee: €49 euros.
Please bring exact change.

If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day. If you would like to join, simply fill out the pre-membership form here.


For our three day colloquium we are welcoming talks from English Language Teaching fields which focus on the teaching and administration of language from working with young learners to business English as well as how to promote yourself. More than 60 presentations and 14 poster presenters will be available for your choosing. Times of exchange and sharing will be the overriding atmosphere of the conference as you will have many opportunities to mingle, be challenged, learn, share and take home ideas in order to improve your teaching and interactions with students and administrators.

Here are two abstracts for our Plenary speakers:

Stephen Krashen:
Developing Academic Language: Not just the easy way but the only way

This presentation presents a simple hypothesis: We develop academic language by reading. Nearly all of the conventions of academic language, its special vocabulary, grammar and discourse style are subconsciously absorbed, or acquired, from reading texts written in the academic style that are relevant to us.
Extensive self-selected reading alone will not develop full academic language competence, but develops the background knowledge and language competence that makes academic reading comprehensible. Self-selected reading is the bridge between conversational and academic language competence.

Carol Read
Reflections on how to be a highly effective teacher

In this session we will take for granted that teachers need to be confident in their subject knowledge and skilled in the craft of teaching in order to achieve desired curriculum outcomes. Instead we will aim to explore the more intangible personal capacities, attitudes and beliefs that make for highly effective teachers who have a profound influence and make a long-lasting difference to the lives of their learners. We will consider the role of the teacher as educator in fast-changing social and technological times. We will also discuss a notion of professionalism that supports learners in leading fulfilled and productive lives as citizens in both a local and global context. Among the areas that we will investigate during the session will be self- awareness, personal development, emotional intelligence and engaging with other people. There will also be opportunities to reflect on your own ideas about what it means for you to be a highly effective teacher in your context.


TESOL France Workshops

TESOL France workshops are free to all TESOL France members. The non-member registration fee is €8. Please bring exact change. You can join TESOL France or renew your membership on the day for €49. If you would like to join now, simply fill out the membership form.

Now is a great time to become a TESOL France member. See why.

TESOL France Annual Colloquium Call for Papers

The plenary speakers at this year's colloquium, TESOL France's major annual event, will be Stephen Krashen and Carol Read. The colloquium will be held in Paris, France at Télécom ParisTech on November 14, 15 and 16, 2014. We are welcoming talks and poster sessions from all English Language Teaching fields. If you are interested in submitting a paper, you'll find the guidelines and submission form on the Colloquium 2014 page.

This Year's TESOL France Spring Day

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Spring Day event, which took place on Saturday May 17th, at Télécom ParisTech. We enjoyed a fabulous day with a variety of presentations and workshops related to inspiring the teaching and learning of Young Learners and Teens. Below are a few photos from this recent event.

  • Annamaria Pinter, University of Warwick, plenary speaker

    Annamaria Pinter, University of Warwick, plenary speaker

  • Stéven Huitorel, Keynote speaker

    Stéven Huitorel, Keynote speaker

  • The British Council

    Sponsors The British Council

  • TESOL France president, Debbie West, and helpers at the lunch break

    TESOL France president, Debbie West, and helpers during lunch

  • Black Cat

    Zoe Voborilova of Usborne Books

  • Zoe Voborilova of Usborne Books

    Black Cat

  • EF Stand with Damien Lamypreto and colleague Gregory

    EF Stand with Damien Lamypreto and colleague Gregory

  • Cambridge University Press

    Cambridge University Press