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China Daily 21st Century signs knowledge partnership agreement with TESOL International Association
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21st Century English Education Media, a subsidiary of China Daily and a leading ELT organization and publisher of English language learning and teaching resources in China, is excited to announce that it has signed a knowledge partnership agreement with TESOL International Association, a world leader in advancing expertise in English language teaching and learning.

The agreement, signed on 22 July in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, strengthens the mission and growth of both organizations. China Daily 21st Century and TESOL have agreed to collaborate on a number of new initiatives, including a three-day TESOL professional learning event in China in 2018. Additionally, the organizations will collaborate on teacher workshops and other regional and national English language teaching events throughout China.

As part of the agreement, China Daily 21st Century will help identify 2,000 new global members from across China, granting valuable access to TESOL's professional development resources and international networks. In addition, both organizations have agreed to explore other areas of English language teaching and learning.

At the 2017 21st Century National ELT Conference on July 22 in Changzhou, Dr Ester J. de Jong, president of TESOL International Association, was also invited to deliver a keynote speech. In her speech titled Teaching English for Tomorrow: Our roles as English Language Teachers, Dr de Jong expressed the opportunities and challenges ELT faces worldwide, in the context of migration, technology and the diversity of where and whom we teach. These trends raise key questions for the ELT field: what do we teach when we teach 'English' and how do we prepare quality English teachers. She emphasized that being a good English teacher is more than a matter of English proficiency, whether learned as a home language or learned as an additional language. English language teaching is a profession with high standards of what good teachers need to know and be able to do. This professional expertise must accompany mere proficiency as we strive for excellence in English language teaching.

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