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Addressing Access to English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL)


“The World Comes Together at TESOL” and we were there!

As the largest organization for English language educators, TESOL International Association hosts more than 6,500 people annually from around the world at its convention. Educators at all levels attend to exchange ideas and connect with a dynamic professional community.

The NCDE has launched the #AccessLanguages campaign to encourage more people with disabilities to learn and teach a foreign language abroad, including ESL/EFL.

MIUSA and the University of Oregon American English Institute (AEI) co-hosted a successful reception at the TESOL 2017! The reception was focused on supporting students with disabilities, and over 70 people attended from Russia, Ukraine, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, China, and Japan. The room was buzzing with excitement and hope. The attendees comprised a great mix of backgrounds as well, including State Department officers, Regional English Language Officers (RELOs), program directors, professors, and ESL/EFL instructors, but we all had one thing in common – that we want to support and recruit ESL/EFL students with disabilities.

Check out photos below!

Disability Sessions

  • An Enriching EFL Teaching Experience to Non-native Blind Learners
  • Adapting Lessons to Dyslexic Learners: Putting Theory into Practice
  • American Sign Language as a Bridge to English
  • Empowering Teachers to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Integrating Students with Special Needs into an EFL Curriculum
  • Learning More About English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
  • Multi-sensory Approaches to Instruction of EFL Learners with Learning Differences
  • Service Provision for ELs with Disabilities: Fact vs. Fiction

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The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.

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