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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.


"We have been living out the mission of ORTESOL in many ways over the last year. Here are just a few of the achievements of members of our all-volunteer board of directors...[READ MORE]"

We look forward to continuing to support all ESOL professionals in Oregon. As we look ahead to 2020, Davida Jordan will lead ORTESOL as President, Jessie Jimenez will be Vice President, and Delpha Thomas will be staying on the board in a post-presidency role. If you are passionate about leadership and service, consider joining the ORTESOL board!  

Being on the ORTESOL Board gives you the opportunity to positively impact your professional career and the ESOL landscape of Oregon.  Check out our open positions & how to apply.  

ORTESOL 2019 Fall Conference 

Reflect and Renew

Friday & Saturday November 15-16

Clackamas Community College Harmony Campus

7738 SE Harmony Rd, Milwaukie, OR

In recognition of the fact that a teacher’s job can feel like it is never done, the ORTESOL Board invites you to submit a proposal for a 50-minute session aligned with our theme of Reflect and RenewThis year’s theme highlights the need for active practitioners to “sharpen the saw” and combat burnout!

View the final program guide!

Non-member registration is now open!

Member registration *extended* to November 13th

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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