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Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages


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.


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.

The Governor's Proclamation for ESL Awareness Week 2020

Press release  about ESL Awareness Week


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Mailing Address: PO Box 12322, Portland, OR 97212

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