Effective communication among communities and their individual members is essential for peaceful coexistence and for solving many of the problems now facing the world. The constant flow of information from country to country and continent to continent in our shrinking world creates the need for institutions that encourage and support the development of language and intercultural communication skills. TESOL, an association of English language educators who work with learners from diverse cultural backgrounds in a wide variety of settings, is uniquely positioned to give a coordinated, knowledgeable response at the international, national, and local levels to issues affecting institutions that foster the development of effective human communications.


TESOL's mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages.

TESOL values:
- professionalism in language education
- individual language rights
- accessible, high quality education
- collaboration in a global community
- interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement
- respect for diversity and multiculturalism

Peru TESOL was founded on February 22, 1991, at Sophianum School in Lima thanks to a Constitutional Committee chaired by Prof. Liliana Nunez-Aguirre, co-chaired by Prof. Norma Vecorena, and tremendously supported by Profs. Veronica Luna, Rosario Muro, Jose Alberto Gonzales, and Isabel Nemi. The Committee worked the previous year in the steps to successfully found Peru TESOL, coordinating with the sponsors, the speakers, and the exhibitors.

The foundation of Peru TESOL was encouraged by Dr. Elisabeth Morgan, who was the director of the Certificate Program in TESL/TEFL at State University of New York at Buffalo, where most of the founders studied. When returning to Peru, the goal was to found a professional association that would gather teachers of English at all levels all over Peru, so they formed the Peru TESOL Constitutional Committee inviting other leaders in the field to join them in the effort.

The foundation of Peru TESOL was sponsored by USAID, USIS, ICPNAs, the Fulbright Commission, API, ATE-URP, and other important organizations. More than one hundred volunteers made the Constitutional Convention possible.

Names that we remember with gratitude because they helped wholeheartedly to the Constitutional Committee in the foundation of Peru TESOL are: Ambassadors Anthony and Susan Quainton, Joseph Attea, Ana Maria Romero-Lozada, Veronica Diaz de Ferrero, Betty Chavez de Pizarro, Sara Costa, Mother Gloria de la Rocha, Melvin Cariaga, Elba de Cuba, Teresa Gómez, Fanny Arango, Marco Campos, Mariana Mould de Pease, Susana Zucchetti, and a dozen of graduates from Facultad de Lenguas Modernas at Universidad Ricardo Palma.

The first President  (1991-1993) elected was Mr. Joseph Attea, the Academic Director of ICPNA in Lima then. The second President  (1993-1994) elected was the late Dr. Ines Pozzi-Escot, a distinguished professor at San Marcos University and an advisor to the Ministry of Education then. The third President elected and three times re-elected  (1994-1996, 1996-1998, 1998-2000, 2000-2002) was Prof. Liliana Nunez-Aguirre, CEO of the California Linguistic Society and a United Nations trainer then. The fourth President elected  (2002-2003) was Mr. William Aranda, Chief of the Trainair Unit at CIAC-Corpac then. The fifth President elected  (2003-2005) was Ms. Marilyn Ambrosio, a teacher at Waldorf School then. The sixth and current President elected and two times re-elected (2005-2007, 2007-2009, 2009-2011) is Ms. Nefdy Falconi, a teacher at Nuestra Senora del Pilar High School and Past President of APIA. In 2002, past president Liliana Nunez-Aguirre was honored by the General Assembly of Members as Peru TESOL President Emeritus.

Throughout its history, Peru TESOL has registered more than 2,500 members and has trained more than 12,000 teachers in its workshops, seminars, annual conventions, and summer institutes held all over the country.

Peru TESOL has also been officially represented by successful speakers and delegates in Arica (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Vancouver (Canada), Los Angeles, Orlando, New York, and Atlanta (United States), and Sydney (Australia).

Peru TESOL also ran a Teacher Exchange Program in coordination with Dekalb County School District in Atlanta, by which 21 members were sent to experience the teaching of ESL at different schools that belong to such District. This program was created by and coordinated with Dr. Thomas Smith.

Peru TESOL also offered scholarships to three of its members to study at State University of New York at Buffalo. The grantees of these full scholarships were: Mariela Novella (Lima), Daly Chicoma (Chiclayo), and Alfredo Oporto (Arequipa). This program was coordinated with Dr. Kathy Curtis.

Peru TESOL also received generous cooperation from New Jersey TESOL, thanks to Dr. Walter Eliason, and Peru TESOL keeps strong boundaries of cooperation with Georgia TESOL, which started with its President Patsy Thompson back in 1993.
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Peru TESOL history

The following persons have been honored for their extraordinary contribution to Peru TESOL throughout its history:

Peru-TESOL Constitutional Committee (founders of Peru TESOL):
Liliana Nunez-Aguirre, Chair, Lima.
Norma Vecorena, Co-Chair, Lima.
Joseph Attea, Lima.
Ana Maria Belizario, Arequipa.
Isabel Castillo, Lima.
Nefdy Falconi, Arequipa.
Jose Alberto Gonzales, Lima.
Gaby Guerrero, Chiclayo.
Telmo Gutierrez, Trujillo.
Gustavo Gutierrez, Huancayo.
Veronica Luna, Lima.
Marcos Ly, Trujillo.
Rosario Muro, Lima.
Isabel Nemi, Lima.
Judith Portella, Trujillo.
Luz Rodriguez, Lima.
Juan Romero, Lima.
Majid Safadaran, Chiclayo.
Marilu Trelles, Piura.

And the following friends of Peru TESOL:
Ana Maria Romero-Lozada, Lima. Past Minister of Women's Affairs and Social Development in Peru.
Thomas Smith, Georgia, USA. Former Honorary Consul of Peru in Atlanta.
Karen Jogan, Pennsylvania, USA. Professor at Albright College.
Walter Eliason, New Jersey, USA. Teacher Educator at Rider College.
(The late) Shirley Eaton, USA. Professor at Ursinus College.
(The late) Emerita Valladares, Chile. Professor at Universidad de Tarapaca at Arica.
Leticia Zavaleta, Cajamarca. Professor at Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca.
Nelly Rosado de Castillo, Tacna. Professor at Universidad Nacional Jorge Basadre.
Gregory Tume, Piura. Professor at Universidad de Piura.
Maya Leon Meis, Colorado, USA. President of Voice Productions.
Charleise Young, Georgia, USA. Professor at Clark Atlanta University.
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"Speaking Up for English"

Centro de Idiomas de la Universidad Cesar Vallejo
Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru

July 31 - August, 2012

  Information:  Ms. Flora De la Cruz,  fdelacruz@perutesol.org

Peru TESOL foundation date:  February 22, 1991
at Colegio Sophianum
in Lima, Peru,
by the Peru TESOL Constitutional Committee

sponsored by:
Embassy of the United States of America
United States Agency for International Development
United States Information Service
Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano
The Fulbright Commission
Asociacion Peruana de Profesores de Ingles
Asociacion de Traductores Egresados de la Universidad Ricardo Palma
Colegio Sophianum
TESOL International Association

TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo


Philadelphia Marriott, Headquarters Hotel
28 - 31 March 2012
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Keynote Speakers:

Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools and President-Elect of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
William Labov, Director of the Linguistic Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania.
Kurt Kohn, Chair professor of English and Applied Linguistics, University of Tubingen, Germany.
Heidi Byrnes, Professor, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Jun Liu, Associate Provost for International Initiatives at Georgia State University and Past President of TESOL International Association.
Christine Coombe, President of TESOL International Association.