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National Conference 2020

National Conference 2020 ONLINE

Be the Change

Creativity, Community, & Collegiality in EFL

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Conference Theme

The theme for this year's National Conference is
"Be the Change: Creativity, Community & Collegiality in EFL."

Teachers and their students can change and transform in positive ways through our shared experiences. The more creative ways teachers find to communicate with students, the more engaged those students can be in the classroom and in the world outside the classroom. The more we all engage with the world around us, the better citizens we become of our global community. We also have a shared responsibility to our professional community to help strengthen it with support and respect for all its diverse members.

Let's be the change we wish to see in the world… In 2020 and beyond!

Korea TESOL is a non-profit, professional organization that seeks to assist teachers in self-development and improve English Language Teaching in Korea. At the 2020 KOTESOL National Conference, prepare to "Learn - Share - Succeed."

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Korea TESOL is an English teachers association dedicated to improving English language teaching and learning not only for our members but for all teachers in Korea, and beyond.

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The role of KOTESOL is to promote scholarship, disseminate information, and facilitate cross-cultural understanding among persons concerned with teaching and learning of English in Korea.

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All English teachers or English-based businesses, of any level or nationality, are eligible to join KOTESOL. Find out more at

Plenary Speaker

Tomomi Kumai

Creating a Safe Space for Transformation

Raising Intercultural Awareness for Language Teachers and Learners

Language education takes place in the context of culture. Language educators do not only support the learners to achieve linguistic competence in the target language but also intercultural competence to communicate effectively and appropriately in a different cultural context. In order to nurture intercultural competence, a safe intercultural space is needed for it allows more sharing and learning, which then invite more positive changes and transformation to happen. Read more →

Tomomi Kumai is an intercultural coach based in South Korea. She works in the intercultural services and education field serving expatriates, international students, and nationals in the US, Korea, and Japan. Her clients include universities in Japan and Korea, and multinational corporations in various fields such as automotive, financial, and information technology.

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2020 Speakers

Conference Schedule

Times in KST: Korea Standard Time (UTC +9)

Zoom Sessions


  • 10:45
    Opening Ceremony
    Lindsay Herron & Sunil Mahtani
  • 11:00
    Tomomi Kumai

    Creating a Safe Space for Transformation

    Raising Intercultural Awareness for Language Teachers and Learners

  • 12:00
    Lunch hour (Meet the SIGs)
    Open video library + Zoom open chatroom

Tentative schedule. Times subject to change without notice.

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