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The "NonNative" English Speaker Teachers Interest Section (NNEST-IS) serves as a space for critical dialogue relating to the personal-professional lived experiences of teachers who position themselves, and/or are positioned, as "nonnative" English-speakers. The Interest Section seeks to contribute to the cultivation of a nondiscriminatory professional environment for all TESOL members, through the production and promotion of scholarship, opportunities for scholarly dialogue and professional development, and active participation in and beyond the TESOL International Association.

The Interest Section aims to
      • promote, develop, and advance academic and professional awareness of the experiences of "NNEST" professionals in the field;
      • stimulate scholarship, research, and professional development within the IS, by sponsoring special projects, sessions at the TESOL Convention, webinars, and publications;;
      • provide members with opportunities to learn about the continuum of perspectives that study and address privilege-marginalization;
      • contribute to the cultivation of a nondiscriminatory professional environment for all TESOL members, through a focus on teachers positioning themselves and/or positioned as "NNESTs"; and
      • connect with other critically-oriented professional communities within and beyond TESOL International, in unity and in recognition that privilege-marginalization manifests in ways unaddressed by the scope of the IS.

Being one of the most diverse of all interest sections within TESOL International Association, the "NonNative" English Speaker Teachers Interest Section (NNEST IS) has always functioned as a major catalyst and served as an intellectual space for the establishment of a more inclusive TESOL profession. The establishment and activities of the NNEST IS spearheaded the formation of other NNEST-related entities within local TESOL affiliates including the WATESOL’s (Washington Area TESOL) NNEST Caucus, and the CATESOL (California TESOL) NNLEI–Nonnative Language Educators Interest Group.

Awareness and Advocacy

NNEST IS promotes professional awareness and advocacy among TESOL professionals.

Equity and Professionalism for All

NNEST IS prioritizes such values as collaboration, participation, equity, justice and professionalism.

Moving beyond Discrimination

NNEST IS works towards a nondiscriminatory professional environment for all TESOL professionals.