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Welcome  To ORTESOL!




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.

Serve with ORTESOL

ORTESOL is looking for dedicated ESOL professionals willing to commit time and energy to fulfilling our mission as board members starting January 2019.  Serving on the ORTESOL board offers opportunities for networking, CV building, gaining valuable experience and direct impacts ESOL education in Oregon.  Submit your application by November 19th, 2018. 

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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.

To view the 50+ sessions available, click to download the full conference guide here.

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

Note: you must be an ORTESOL member in order to register for the conference. 

Meet Saturday's Plenary Speaker!

David Rives, President of Oregon AFT

David Rives has served as Instructor of English for Speakers of Other Languages, advisor to the State Board of Education, officer on the former Oregon Education Investment Board, and on the AFT Higher Education Program Policy Council. He holds a BA from the University of Oregon and a MA in Teaching ESOL from Portland State University, and he has taught ESOL courses for fifteen years at Portland Community College, in addition to time teaching abroad in England and Thailand.

David will share a little of his personal story and discuss some of the most pressing issues that face teachers in their workplaces today. There will be time for Q and A at the end!

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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