Welcome to Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages II. TexTESOL II was founded in 1977. We are an affiliate of International TESOL, a professional organization for those concerned with the teaching of English as a second or foreign language and of standard English as a second dialect.
1977 – TexTESOL Region II was formed through the efforts of Dr. Carolyn Kessler and Dr. Curtis Hayes (both UTSA professors) with the help of Jim Alatis, the National TESOL Executive Director.
There had previously been a policy of only one affiliate per state, but Dr. Kessler, Dr. Hayes, and Mr. Alatis were able to convince TESOL that the policy should be changed in Texas due to Texas’ size and geography; one affiliate was not enough to sufficiently address the professional development needs of Texas educators.
Therefore, Texas became the first state to have more than one TESOL affiliate.
1978 – TexTESOL Region III was formed in Austin, and Region IV was formed in Houston.