# TESOL 2011: Technology Standards for Classroom Teachers

### Overview

TESOL's Technology Standards were approved in 2009 by the Standards Committee, after over two years of work by the TESOL Technology StandardsTask Force. They appeared in 2009 as the *TESOL Technology Standards Framework Document*. The Framework Document includes the Standards for Language Learners and the Standards for Language Teachers, performance objectives for each Standard, and a few vignettes as examples of how a specific Standard could be implemented. The Standards for Language Learners includes three overarching goals, each with two to five standards for a total of 11 standards. The
Standards for Language Teachers includes four overarching goals, each with three to five standards for a total of 15 standards. The teacher standards include two levels: basic and expert. The expert level is used to indicate someone whose skills and actions are at a level that merit additional recognition and compensation.

The upcoming volume, *TESOL Technology Standards: Description, Implementation, Integration*, is designed to assist teachers, administrators, researchers, and teacher educators in understanding and implementing the Technology Standards. The presentation by the Tech Standards Task Force offers guidance for teachers in particular in understanding and implementing the Standards.

### Resources

TESOL Technology Standards website: http://www.tesol.org/techstandards/

- Technology Standards for Language Learners
- Technology Standards for Language Teachers
- These are the Goals and Standards only, without performance objectives or vignettes.

*TESOL Technology Standards Framework Document *(available for purchase)

*TESOL Technology Standards: Description, Implementation, Integration* (available soon from TESOL)

Conference handouts

- Overview of the Standards
- Vignette template (.doc format)
- Example vignette (from
*TESOL Technology Standards: Description, Implementation, Integration*) - Excerpt from the vignette matrix (from
*TESOL Technology Standards: Description, Implementation, Integration*)