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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.

2021 Annual Conference - Call for Committee Members


We are Denise Lo and Sofia Elgueta Duplancic, this year’s ATESL Conference Managers. We have attended and presented at many Conferences in the past, and experienced the growth and inspiration the ATESL Conference brings. We are so very excited about organizing such an important online event for ESL teachers in Alberta this October 15 & 16! 

We need enthusiastic collaborators who will help make this year’s conference a success! If you'd like to get involved with this year's ATESL Conference, please complete this form by Friday, March 26. You can click on the role descriptions for more details and apply for one or several roles.

Roles and positions on the Conference Committee include people who are skilled in:

  • Programming & scheduling
  • Reviewing presentation proposals 
  • Recruiting publishers and exhibitors 
  • Managing social media
  • Special events planning/hospitality
  • Tech support and moderating/facilitating presentations 

Conference Planning Committee members and volunteers will receive a special discounted registration rate. 

We'd greatly appreciate your experience, support, and time, and we look forward to collaborating with enthusiastic colleagues!

Denise & Sofia

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.