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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.


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 97222

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!

Key Conference Threads:

  • Reflecting on what works: practical and creative strategies for positively teaching all four language skills to learners experiencing trauma, poverty, and marginalization.

  • Renewing your passion: building a sustainable work-life balance that allows for planning lessons, inspiring students, and trying new things while maintaining a commitment to your mental, physical, and long-term financial well being!

  • Envisioning the future: strategies for working to bring about change in your class, at your school, and in your state.

  • Enacting your dreams: tips and tools for developing a rewarding career, transitioning into new roles, taking on an entrepreneurial venture, writing great resumes, perfecting interview skills, and finding out where you belong.

SNEAK PEEK! Click to check out the conference guide!

2019 Fall Travel Grant Application Now Open!

There are up to three grants of $300 each available if you qualify. Read the application here and apply by October 1st.

Volunteer Applications Now Open!

Volunteers are now being accepted for discounted rates on registration in exchange for support with greeting attendees, posting signs, moving tables, and other volunteer needs. Click here to apply by October 15 

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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