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Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages


These grants are awarded to support action research by teachers in service. They are funded by ORTESOL in keeping with our mission to inspire and support teachers of English to speakers of other languages through professional development, research, coalition-building, and advocacy so that learners and communities thrive

Marge Terdal helped to found ORTESOL and served as President from 1980-1981. She presented at many of the conferences throughout her membership and served as the ORTESOL Journal editor from 1988 until 1994. Throughout her 19 year tenure as professor of Applied Linguistics she served as an inspiration to colleagues and students alike. Her dedication to the field of TESOL is reflected in the large number of her students who teach around the world. For more about her story see this 2003 ORTESOL Journal article.

Application Deadline: Open for consideration 

How to Apply: Complete the Application form

Who is Eligible:

  • Teachers who serve English language learners in preK-12, Adult Ed., and Higher Ed. who intend to use their classroom setting as the basis for furthering professional knowledge and practice that can be shared among peers 
  • Current ORTESOL members 
  • Oregon residents and those who physically work in Oregon

        Those who receive financial support from this grant are required to find a way to contribute to the ORTESOL community. Grantees will be asked to submit an ORTESOL blog article, journal submission, newsletter page or other written summary about their research. In addition,

        • Grant recipients must provide detailed explanation of their intended area of research and share the outcomes with ORTESOL at a fall conference or spring workshop.
        • Awardees should be good stewards of grant funds. 
        • Grant dollars must be used for their intended purpose.


        Action research is a form of investigation designed for use by teachers to attempt to solve problems and improve professional practices in their own classrooms. It involves systematic observations and data collection which can be then used by the practitioner-researcher in reflection, decision making and the development of more effective classroom strategies. (Parsons and Brown, 2002)


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        Mailing Address: PO Box 12322, Portland, OR 97212


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