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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.

March 11-16 is ESL Awareness Week in Oregon

Please visit out new Advocacy webpage to learn more about how ORTESOL is a sponsor and supporter of the events of this week and to see Governor Kate Brown's Proclamation. 

Registration for ORTESOL's Spring Workshop is now open!

Empowering Teachers, Empowering Learners

Saturday, May 4th - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

Empowering teachers and empowering learners means recognizing that we all have the power we need to control our own teaching and learning -- and the power to claim our rights both inside and outside the classroom. This year’s Spring Conference theme is all about helping teachers and learners feel stronger, more confident, and able to access all the resources we need to be leaders. Sessions will cover two main areas:

Empowering Teachers

Professional development, collaboration, and mentoring
Social justice leadership skills for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity
Skills, resources, and ideas for community-based learning, nonprofit partnership, grant writing, locating and creating alternative learning resources

Empowering Learners

Skills, technology, and other tools for promoting autonomy
Alternative materials and content that promotes diverse viewpoints
Strategies for goal setting, self-reflection, self-assessment, and motivation
Helping learners get more deeply engaged in institutional, community, and civic leadership opportunities, clubs that promote learning, and ways of finding resources to meet basic needs

Click here to learn more.


Do you teach English language learners in K-12?

The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) will be hosting the 2019 State English Learners Alliance Conference March 13th-15th in Eugene Oregon. Learn more and register today: https://www.cosa.k12.or.us/events/2019-ela


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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