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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 Conference Registration Open!

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Registration for ATESL's 42nd Conference - Lighting the future: Expanding Expectations is now live! 
 You can register now with the link below and take advantage of the Early Bird Rates:

Don't miss the lineup of world-renowned Keynote SpeakersDr. Dwayne DonaldScott Thornbury, Dr. Ena Lee and Dr. Rod Ellis and attend sessions and workshops from experts in the field from the comfort of your own home!

Join us October 15th and 16th for two days of learning.

Denise Lo & Sofia Elgueta

Conference Managers

ATESL 2021 Conference Call for Proposals Extended!

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We have received many requests to extend the deadline for the Call for Proposals, and it has now been moved to July 15!

For information on how to submit your proposal, click HERE.

2021 Annual Conference - Theme

We are Sofia Elgueta and Denise Lo, this year’s ATESL Conference Managers. We are so excited to announce this year’s conference theme:

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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!

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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.