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ORTESOL is an affiliate of TESOL and was founded in 1977. We serve teachers, administrators, researchers, and students of the ESL profession in the state of Oregon. 

Our Mission Statement

ORTESOL is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote scholarship, disseminate information, strengthen instruction and research at all levels in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, and to cooperate in appropriate ways with other groups having similar concerns.

2018 ORTESOL fall conference

ORTESOL is excited to announce details of this year's fall conference. The two day event will be held at Clackamas Community College on November 16th and 17th. 

This year’s theme, Navigating Change, highlights the need for ESOL professionals to explore how changing learner demographics, employment trends, skills, and teaching strategies create new opportunities for transforming our teaching practice in ways that are relevant, innovative, and adaptable to different contexts.

Click on Upcoming Events to learn more about the conference theme strands and to register.


Meet Saturday's Plenary Speaker!

David Rives, President of Oregon AFT

David Rives is the President of Oregon of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), serves as the Higher Education Program and Policy Council and is Vice President of Oregon AFL-CIO. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. David holds a BA from the University of Oregon and a MA in Teaching ESOL from Portland State University and has taught ESOL courses for fifteen years at Portland Community College in addition to time teaching abroad in England and Thailand.

Fall Travel Grant Application is Now Open

The ORTESOL Board is pleased to announce that the application for the Fall 2018 Conference Grant is now open. These one-time grants of up to $300 will help make attendance at our fall conference at Clackamas Community College on November 16th and 17th possible for ORTESOL members who:

• have little or no access to professional conference funding from their employer.

• wish to attend the conference and are dedicated to promoting professional development in their communities.

• are current members of ORTESOL.

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 21st, 2018

Complete your application here.

TESOL international convention 2023

International TESOL will be coming to Portland in 2023! 

The event will take place 21-24 March 2023 hosted by ORTESOL.

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If you are interested in helping ORTESOL, we are looking to fill five open board positions. 

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