The 2017 TESOL Convention in Seattle, Washington was a week of fun activities and meaningful conversations. A big thank you to the TESOL Association for hosting and organizing such a wonderful event, and thanks to all program alumni, staff, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy colleagues, and friends of the program for joining us.
The convention kicked off with a plenary speech by internationally acclaimed writer Sherman Alexie and comments from the President of TESOL, Dudley Reynolds. Alexie discussed the power of language and cultural exchange in a world often fraught with conflict and misunderstanding.
The rest of the week included an exciting mix of educational presentations, meaningful conversations, and connections. At the English Language Fellow Program booth, program staff and alumni gathered to reminisce about the fellowship experience, discuss their post-fellowship activities, and share the benefits of the program with prospective applicants.
Program staff and representatives from the U.S. Department of State presented two info sessions about the Fellow Program, inviting alumni to share stories and photos from their fellowships in Belarus, Togo, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan.
On the final day of the convention, a special alumni breakfast event brought together Regional English Language Officers and staff of U.S. Embassies from around the world with Fellow Program staff and alumni for food and fun. Participants played a competitive round of Fellow Bingo, took photobooth pictures, and highlighted their fellowship locations on an interactive map. It was a terrific opportunity for alumni to reconnect with their former colleagues and meet other Fellow alumni.
We look forward to attending next year’s TESOL Convention in Chicago!