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Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

ORTESOL's Adult Education Special Interest Group offers relevant and current information and resources for community colleges, workforce development organizations, private agencies, and similar settings. See also Advocacy.


Recommended Resources

  1. The Center for the Success of English Learners' "research is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305C200016 to the University of Houston." (October 21, 2022).                
  2. Read/Subscribe for FREE to TESOL English Language Bulletin: Connections “. . .  newsletter that features practical articles and useful resources for English language teachers as well as TESOL International Association news. TC articles reflect the association’s interest in the profession as a global endeavor and its support for linguistic and cultural diversity.”  For example, from November 22, 2022: 

    New collection of stories helps adult newcomers learn English in a meaningful way
     Cohen, Anelia (
    Nov 15, 2022) New Canadian Media. Penticton Herald.                                                                                       A new collection of stories written by newcomers for newcomers aims to help adults learning English in Canada by providing them with written materials that resonate with their lived experiences.

  3. ProLiteracydeveloped from Dr. Frank Laubach's pioneering methods in Adult Education, offers their latest webinars for free on YouTube.                                                                                                                     
  4. State of Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) provides the latest in Oregon's educational policy and the state's community college/university system. Sign up for HECC newsletter.

Free webinar/series links

Why Phonological Awareness? from ProLiteracy 

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Time: 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm PT

Presented by: Dianne Nichols, Educator, University of Delaware

Explicit instruction in phonological awareness is critical for adult literacy learners developing their reading skills, whether they are English language learners or native English speakers. In this webinar, Dianne Nichols, from the University of Delaware, will identify some specific sounds that often trip up adult learners, and then demonstrate a variety of multi-sensory teaching techniques that tutors and teachers can use to develop these critical skills. Register here.

Leveraging Earn-and-Learn Models for Immigrants and Refugees: Creating English Onramps to Apprenticeship Programs. (on-demand at Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE). October 26, 2022. 

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Working Online? “Teaching and Learning Online” was a blog series by then President, Andy Curtis. His instruction is now archived for free access, starting here starting here or at the topic of your choice.

§  Teaching and Learning Online: Part One   §  TLO 9: How to Teach Online: Get to Know Your Course Participants

§  TLO: Part Two: Putting the Pedagogy First  §  TLO 10: How to Teach Online: Establishing the Ground Rules

§  TLO: Part Three: Blurring the Lines in Virtual Classrooms  §  TLO 11: How to Teach Online: Establishing Ground Rules II

§  TLO: Part Four: A Pedagogical Paradox  §  TLO 12: How to Teach Online: Building Trust

§  TLO 5: The Self-ish-ness of Teaching and Learning Online  §  TLO 13: How to Teach Online: Assessing Online Learning

§  TLO 6: Online Language Teacher Education: Resource & Report   `  §  TLO 14: How to Teach Online: Assessing Online Learning II

§  The Explosive Growth of Teaching & Learning Online in TESOL   §  TLO 15: How to Teach Online: Review and Wrap-Up: Part 1

§  TLO 8: The Future Online in China, Africa, and India   §  TLO 16: How to Teach Online: Review and Wrap-Up: Part 2


As introduced at TESOL International Convention 2023, check out this new method for ESOL teacher training, "funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) entitled Project MELTS (Micro-credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills)," at University of Central Florida.

TeachLivE Mixed Reality Classroom 

Video discussion about the TESOL International Convention 2023 by two attendees.