All across the world, the number of individuals wishing to learn to speak and write English continues to grow impressively. If you would have any doubt about to what extent the demand for learning English has increased, you only need to take a look at the growing number of people that come to the TESOL International Conventions every year. TESOL is short for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

At these conventions, you can experience firsthand how extensive the reach of English language education is around the world. The 2018 TESOL convention will be held in Chicago from 27 to 30 March and this year’s theme is Sustaining Dialogues Across the TESOL Community.

The TESOL Convention offers individuals who teach the English language professionally across the globe a fantastic opportunity to work on their professional development. Scholars and educators from over one hundred countries have the chance to exchange practices and ideas, work on professional networks, explore all sorts of current trends and topics, learn all about the latest professional resources and publications, learn from research, mentoring, and other activities, and get educated on advocacy developments and efforts in local communities and other parts in the world.

The convention also welcomes members from the International TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Academy and in all, there will be over 8,000 English language teachers and other educational professionals, coming from almost 75 countries. The convention includes some 900 sessions and workshops given by around 1500 speakers from almost 55 different countries. These sessions will address all sorts of topics, from implementing new technological developments and curriculum development to global instructor recruitment. Leading TESOL and TEFL representatives will discuss new developments and educate one another on key developments and other issues regarding teaching English and in what way they can advance English language education to its utmost around the world.

These international conferences provide great opportunities for all professionals working in the field of  English language education. They can connect with friends and colleagues from all parts of the globe and study statistics relating to how the global market for TESOL and TEFL teachers is growing. People attending the conference are coming from countries like Taiwan, Peru, Thailand, and from the Middle East and Europe. This shows how the global demand for teachers of the English language is growing.

Over 1.5 Billion English Learners

What a staggering number…worldwide, we can see more than 1.5 billion students who are learning the English language, according to the British Council. This organization is one of the world’s largest English Language instruction providers with over 3,000 full-time employed English teachers across the globe. This has resulted in a nearly insatiable demand for English language teachers worldwide, especially for native speakers of English. The lack of enough qualified teachers of English is actually one of the largest challenges that are both educators, organizations, and students are faced with, and this problem will only grow bigger.

The growing demand for qualified English Language educators has become evident at the TESOL International Conferences during the past years. At all the recent annual TESOL Job Fairs at the conventions, hundreds of Language Schools from all parts of the world held job interviews with candidates for these teaching positions. From universities in Turkey and China to the English Language Programs of the U.S. State Department, and from multinational corporations such as Northrop Grumman to Saudi Arabia’s national oil company ARAMCO, a huge number of entities have continually shown up at the TESOL conferences in search of qualified teachers in the English language.

More and more people in the global are communicating in English. We negotiate and close business deals in English and in parts of the world people are singing karaoke in English. A growing number of people around the world are striving to learn English, and these people are not only businesspeople, education professionals, or diplomates! Many want to learn English to enjoy entertainment and culture. Indeed, for millions of individuals around the globe, English has become a vital part of life.