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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 2017 Conference

The annual ATESL conference will take place October 20th to 21st at the Westin Hotel located in beautiful downtown Calgary. Wendy Chambers and Chris Wharton are enthusiastically co-chairing the conference.

The Call for Presentations is now closed. ATESL received a record number of proposals this year! Thank you to all who submitted. Each proposal will undergo blind peer-review, and authors will be notified of the status of their proposal(s) the first week of August. 

The wildly popular Ed Tech Jam is back this year and taking place during the Educational Technology Summit (ETS) on Saturday, October 21st. To learn more, visit the ETS page where you will find the Ed Tech Jam invitation to submit a presentation. The deadline for Ed Tech Jam proposals is August 15th, so don't delay! Space is very limited! 

Conference registration is now open! Details are available here.  

For more details, visit the conference Welcome page

Questions about the conference? Please e-mail

ATESL 2016 Conference

Presenters interested in sharing their presentations and/or handouts are welcome to e-mail the files to Irene Wood ( Presentations and handouts can be viewed and downloaded from the ATESL website at