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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.

FALL Conference grants

Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Conference Travel Grant winners!  Each of them will receive up to $300 to cover costs associated with attending the ORTESOL Fall Conference on Nov. 10-11 in Eugene, OR.

Here are our winners and their thoughts on attending the ORTESOL Fall Conference:

  • Beth Ronk, ESOL instructor, Portland: “There is nothing that can replace in-person workshops and networking with other professionals. (…) I work with students of all ages, so I am continuously developing individualized lesson plans. I am very much looking forward to the Fall conference to add more ideas and depth to my curricula.”
  • Susan Safford, ESOL teacher and volunteer teacher of citizenship classes for Multnomah County Library and Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) in Portland: “The ORTESOL conference is one of the few opportunities I have to engage in-person with other TESOL instructors. Moreover, I hope this year’s theme - Supporting Diverse Learners in ESOL – will help me grow my skills and ability to serve diverse student communities.”
  • Verena Sutherland, adjunct ESL instructor at Linfield College: “I really cherish the opportunity to learn from my peers. Teaching can sometimes feel a bit solitary, especially in the classroom, but through these conferences, I usually learn so many wonderful tips and ideas, which helps me grow professionally. Also, I see the fall conference as a great opportunity for networking. I will be able to reconnect with people I have previously met or even worked with as well as make new contacts. I always look forward to attending the conference.”

Three Ways to Serve with ORTESOL

If you are interested in helping ORTESOL, we have three ways in which you can do that. ORTESOL is looking to fill a number of board positions starting in January 2018; we are expanding our advisory council; and ORTESOL is also recruiting two editors for our journal.

More details about these opportunities:

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