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TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


by James E. Alatis 1980

English is the most widely taught foreign language in the world. The teaching of English is therefore a vast undertaking. Vast undertakings require organizations, and organizations, as is well known, require acronyms. Hence TESOL has become the acronym that is most widely used in America to refer to teaching English to speakers of other languages.


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This article originally appeared in NSSE Yearbook Vol. 79, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 81 Number 6, 1980, p. 88-103
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19270, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:55:01 PM

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  • James Alatis
    Georgetown University
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    JAMES E. ALATIS is the Dean and a Professor of Linguistics and Modern Greek at the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University.
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