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Welcome to ATESL

The Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) is a professional organization that promotes the highest standards of teaching and English language program provision for all learners in Alberta whose first language is other than English.

ATESL 2021 Conference

Hello ATESL Members,

We hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy. 

The 2020 ATESL Online Conference, Seeds of Possibility: Curiousity, Drive, and Innovation was a great success, and the ATESL Board is now looking for two energetic ATESL members to manage this year's event!

ATESL will host its second online conference on October 15 & 16, 2021 and will be using the same virtual platform we used last year.
We are looking for two dedicated, enthusiastic members to coordinate the conference and lead a group of volunteers.

If you are excited about organizing this year's conference this is your time to shine! 

Conference Managers are provided an honorarium for their role in overseeing the planning of this landmark event, and have the full support of the Board and resources from previous conferences. 

If you are interested in taking on this important role, or if you have any questions, please email Irene Wood, ATESL's Business Manager, at

The closing date for applications is Monday, February 15th. 

ATESL 2020 Conference


Hello ATESL Members!

Thank you to all of our presenters and 449 conference registrants for your engagement in making this year's conference one of the best yet!

Watch for updates and reports soon!

Indira Cevallos & Gabriela Jessome

2020 ATESL Conference Project Managers

Online Learning Resources

Given all of the recent closures, the ATESL Board would like to offer support to our members and your learners.

A Google Drive folder has been created as a venue for shareable documents and resources, and a Google Doc which contains links to online learning tools and sessions.

We encourage you to share any resources that you may know of.

Please email if you have any valuable online learning links you may know of!

This is a strong and giving community, and together we can help one another and our learners.

TESL Canada Certification

Just a reminder that all ATESL members are automatically TESL Canada members and that a portion of your ATESL fees go to pay your TESL Canada dues.

In addition to that, please note that the only national certification that ATESL currently endorses for our members is TESL Canada certification. You can find out more about TESL Canada certification here:
If you have any questions about certification please email

ATESL Member Discounts

The ATESL Board has been working hard over the past year to secure discounts for our members at Alberta retailers and service providers.

Be sure to have your ATESL Membership card on hand at the following locations and keep checking back for more discounts.

ATESL 2019 Conference

40 Years: A Declaration of Excellence

Thank you everyone for making ATESL's conference 40 Years: A Declaration of Excellence a success!

We had a great turn out and exceptional presentations and speakers!

Photo booth

Did you take a picture at the photo booth? Look for yourself here! ATESL 2019 Photo Booth

Program and Presentations

Did you really love in the information shared at a session?

Please check for presentation handouts on the Program page in Presentation Handouts Folder : Program

We could not have done this without you!

Don’t forget to follow @ATESLnews and our Facebook page for conference follow up.

Thank you!

Alana Johnson and Jacky Rivas

2019 ATESL Conference Co-chairs

ATESL Ed Tech Special Interest Group

The Ed Tech SIG will be meeting again soon - watch your emails.