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ORTESOL sponsors a two day conference in the fall and a one day spring workshop with the goal of providing professional development and networking opportunities for our members. 

Speaker presentations from past events are available.

Interested in exhibiting educational materials, taking out an ad in the conference program, having a table to promote your organization, or recruit educational professionals at one of ORTESOL's events? In addition to exhibitor tables, there are many sponsorship opportunities available. 

Learn more: Exhibitor, Sponsorship, and Advertising Fee Schedule 2018-2019

Fall Travel Grant Application is Now Open

The ORTESOL Board is pleased to announce that the application for the Fall 2018 Conference Grant is now open. These grants are intended to support current ORTESOL members who have little or no access to professional development funds. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 24th, 2018

Complete your application here.

Upcoming Events

    • 16 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR.

    The theme of this year's fall conference, Navigating Change in TESOL, highlights the need for ESOL professionals to explore how changing learner demographics, employment trends, skills, and teaching strategies create new opportunities for transforming our teaching practice in ways that are relevant, innovative, and adaptable to different contexts.


    Teacherpreneurship: sessions that explore innovative ways to develop alternative means of earning income outside of the classroom through materials writing, self-publishing, open educational resource development, grant writing, social enterprise, app development, and launching new programs or businesses.

    Pathways and Pivots: sessions that explore ways to leverage your skills to shift into new teaching contexts (e.g. IELP, Adult Ed, Workplace, Career and Technical, Transitional, Developmental Education, K12, and Tutoring), a new role (e.g. administrator, coordinator, counselor) or exploring different sectors with strong affinity with education and meeting the needs of newcomers.

    Responding to Change: shifting pedagogical strategies and skills needed to remain flexible and adaptable to the needs of diverse groups of learners (e.g. Shifting learner demographics, multi-purpose, mixed-level, alter-abled, and LGBQT learners).

    Content and Technology: exploring new content-based, community-based, and critical pedagogies relevant to today’s changing world as well as technological modes of delivering content and opportunities for learners to practice language skills.

    Employment Skills: polishing your professional skills with resume writing tips, good teaching demos, navigating HR systems, giving great interviews, and being more competitive.

     Call for Proposals Submit Your Proposal  (Deadline: Friday, August 17th)
    Call for Plenary Speakers Plenary Speaker Proposal  (Deadline: Monday, August 13th)

    ORTESOL Exhibitor, Sponsorship, and Advertising Fees

Conference Justification

As an English language educator, you value attending ORTESOL conferences. The current economy has caused many school districts, governments, and other organizations to carefully watch travel and education budgets. 

To obtain the financial support and/or possibly time off you need from your employer, you will likely have to justify your attendance. To help you, ORTESOL has prepared the following resources:

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