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ESL Awareness Week
March 8 - 14, 2020

ORTESOL is the proud sponsor of ESL Awareness Week.  This week is a great opportunity to showcase how welcoming people from other places enriches the lives of everyone in our state.


ORTESOL's position on immigration is as follows: We as educators and English language professionals affirm our commitment to the protection and empowerment of the communities we serve including documented and undocumented immigrants and refugees residing in Oregon and those seeking refuge in the United States.  See our full position statement.

What Can You Do Now?

Kathleen Holloway's article, "ESOL and Immigration: Five Steps Can We Take Now" explains how you as a ESOL Professional or Volunteer you can contribute significantly to the safety and well-being of immigrant communities and of our student base.

Reading List

ORTESOL has partnered with Multnomah County Libraries to bring book recommendations to Oregonians who want to “Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes”.  View our book list.

2020 State English Learners Alliance Conference

Affirming Diversity: Culturally Responsive Practices for All - More information about the conference and register on the COSA Website.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 to Friday March 13, 2020

Held at: Graduate Eugene


If you are not a ESOL Professional but would like to get involved, there are many volunteering opportunities.

The Portland ESL Network has a list of organizations who are looking for volunteers.  View the list on their website.

The Refugee Volunteer Organization also has volunteer opportunities.  Check out their website.


ORTESOL's mission 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.

ORTESOL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the EIN: 93-0687301. Your contribution is tax deductible. 

Click here to make a donation and support our mission.

Press release  about ESL Awareness Week

The Governor's Proclamation

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