A national organization dedicated to supporting the teaching of English as a second language has awarded York University Professor David Mendelsohn an Honorary Life Member Award. The award was given to Mendelsohn by TESL Canada to honour his exemplary contributions to teaching English as a second language in Canada. The award was presented May 27 in Ottawa.
Right: David Mendelsohn with his Honorary Life Member Award from TESL Canada
Mendelsohn, a professor of applied linguistics and English as a second language, is also the director of the Graduate Program in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at York University. A long-serving member of TESL Canada, Mendelsohn has given two plenary addresses at international conferences of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and presented frequently at TESL Ontario and its affiliates, TESL Canada and numerous TESL international affiliates. He has held editorial positions with the TESL Canada Journal as contributing editor and co-editor and is a member of the review board with Asian Journal of ELT.
Mendelsohn has also served as a consultant to numerous textbook development projects. He has published seven books (five of which he has authored) and has written seven book chapters, 23 articles in refereed journals and three published tests.
In addition, Mendelsohn has been a member of various TESOL committees. His contributions to the field of English as a second language span over four decades.
TESL Canada describes its mandate as advancing communication and coordinating awareness of issues for those concerned with teaching English as a second language and English skills development