With thousands of attendees, hundreds of education sessions, and 50+ exhibits, the TESOL International Convention & Expo is the largest professional development event in the English language teaching field. Join World Education experts presenting on artificial intelligence strategies for instruction and integration, community-engaged research to support multiple literacies in adult learners, and building digital vocabulary and skills through a glossary of over 300 words.

Our Sessions at TESOL

Thursday, March 21st

A TESOL Educator’s Dual Role in Light of Generative AI


Rapid advancements in AI, especially large language models, make it imperative for the field of TESOL to equip educators as they navigate the transforming landscape of edtech for language learning. This interactive session shares strategies and resources for educators to teach with AI and about AI.

Presenters: Rachel Riggs, Jen Vanek

Digital Skills Glossary: Teacher-Created Resources for Digital Literacy Vocabulary Instruction


The Digital Skills Glossary supports vocabulary instruction learners need to communicate about and make use of digital skills. The presentation introduces the research behind the glossary. Attendees explore the glossary, and take with them links and concrete examples of how they can use the glossary in their practice.

Presenters: Rachel Riggs, Jen Vanek

Beyond English Learning: Activating Human Potential via Multiple Literacies


In the age of information, the types of literacies needed to participate in society have increased dramatically. Join leaders from ALL-IN to learn about their innovative, collaborative, community-centered approach to moving the needle on multiple literacies in the U.S., and how this impacts new immigrants, refugees, and asylees across communities!

Presenters: Sharon Bonney, Sarah Cacicio, Jen Vanek, Federico Salas-Isnardi

AI for Good in Language Education: Digital Inclusion and Innovation


What could innovative and digitally inclusive applications of AI do to enhance language learning in resource-constrained contexts? This session explore tech innovation and creative teaching practices worldwide that have expanded learner access, awareness, and agency using AI.

Presenters: Rachel Riggs

Friday, March 22nd

Finding the Right Application for Literacy and Language Development


AI-integration, mobile-optimization, accessibility features, etc. So many things to consider when choosing apps to support instruction. This presentation introduces a rubric to guide such decisions, offering examples of it in use in adult ESOL programs in the US and English literacy classes for school-aged girls in Ghana.

Presenters: Jen Vanek