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Selected Professional Organizations
These organizations' websites may contain useful information or links to
other resources such as journals, bibliographies, or web sites. Some may contain pages that are
only accessible to organization members.
American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
Founded in 1977, AAAL is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
ACTFL is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S.
Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
The Association for Computational Linguistics is THE international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation. The ACL journal, Computational Linguistics, continues to be the primary forum for research on computational linguistics and natural language processing.
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
CAL is a private, non-profit organization: a group of scholars and educators who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences in identifying and addressing language-related problems. CAL carries out a wide range of activities including research, teacher education, analysis and dissemination of information, design and development of instructional materials, technical assistance, conference planning, program evaluation, and policy analysis.
International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
AILA is the acronym for Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or International Association of Applied Linguistics. AILA is the international federation of national or regional associations of Applied Linguistics.
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) " is one of the most thriving communities of ELT teachers in the world." The website provides information on the annual conference, publications, other teacher associations, special interest groups, and jobs.
Maryland TESOL is a professional, non-profit association dedicated to the improvement and advancement of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Maryland TESOL is an affiliate of TESOL, the international organization of professionals interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Founded in 1883 by teachers and scholars, the Modern Language Association promotes the study and teaching of language and literature. Includes a Language Studies division, with subdivisions on Language and Society, Language Theory, Applied Linguistics and Language Change.
TESOL International Organization
TESOL's mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.
WATESOL (Washington Area Teachers of English as a Second Language)
WATESOL's (Washington Area Teachers of English as a Second Language) is a successful nonprofit association in the DC Area with members from districts and counties within Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. The membership is comprised of a variety of sub-sectors of the ESOL community: Adult Education, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Secondary Education, and more.