TESOL Italy is a grassroots organization, run by teachers and for teachers. It is a non-profit Italian organization founded in 1975 by Mary Finocchiaro and Renzo Titone along with other foreign language teaching experts and pioneers. It has approximately 400 members in Italy and abroad and is an affiliate of TESOL International Association, based in Virginia, USA, with over 12,000 members worldwide. TESOL Italy collaborates with people and organizations involved in English language teaching, including:
- Italian Ministry of Education (Miur);
- The U.S. Embassy – Public Affairs Section;
- The British Council;
- Other Professional Language Associations: ANILS, LEND, AISPI, ADILT, etc.;
- The Fulbright Commission;
- Italian universities; and
- Regional educational authorities.