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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.

2022 Conference - Refresh, Recharge, & Refocus

ATESL 2022 Online - October 14-15, 2022

The Conference is approaching! Come join us on October 14 & 15 to Refresh, Recharge, and Refocus!

Reminder that registration is open and that the Early Bird Discounts are available until September 23rd.

Register now to take advantage of our early bird registration rates by following the link below: 

ATESL 2022 Rates and Registration

Kind regards,


Sarah Kopichanski and Maryna Siek 

ATESL 2022 Conference Managers

ATESL Best Practices for Adult EAL and LINC Programming in Alberta is now available on the ATESL website!

We are excited to announce that ATESL Best Practices for Adult EAL and LINC Programming in Alberta is now available on the ATESL website!

Explore the website to check out the new inclusion sections (2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion, Anti-racism, Indigenization). As well, check out the new sections on Skills and Language for Work, Technology and Online Learning, and Supporting Learners with Diverse Learning Needs. In those sections, as well as in the Instruction, CLB & PBLA, and EAL Literacy sections, you can link to a curated list of resources for the classroom and PD resources.

We encourage you to use the online web version with descriptions of and links to resources, glosses, interactivity, and downloadable PDF, EPUB, Checklist, or read the document on Pressbooks

We also have a limited number of print copies available. Program coordinators can contact Irene Wood to request a print copy. 

Please be sure to share this resource with your colleagues in the TESL/TEAL profession!

Peace & Joy in this holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Sara Gnida - Best Practices Project Manager
and Herly Cervera - Best Practices Project Consultant

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.