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 Membership Fee Increase - January 1, 2024
The ATESL Board would like to inform all members about an upcoming Membership Fee increase which was discussed at the Annual General Meeting on October 27, and was posted in the Presidents' Report online in the AGM Agenda.
ATESL has operated with the same membership fees since 2019, but over the past few years, the cost of doing business has steadily risen. Operating with the same membership rates has become increasingly challenging. The Board has discussed membership fees at length and agreed that a small increase is due.
The Board has approved a 2.5% increase for 2024, which will become effective on January 1, 2024.
- One year Regular memberships will increase by $1.45 to $59.45
- Two year Regulary memberships will increase by $2.50 to $102.50
- Student, Volunteer, and Unemployed/Retired memberships will increase by $0.95 to $38.95
Note- 5% GST and a $2 online service fee will be applied to these rates
The ATESL Board will consult with the membership over the coming year, and will present a proposal at the 2024 AGM regarding a membership increase plan to be voted on by the members.
In accordance with the ATESL Bylaws:
1. The membership fee for each class of members shall be determined by the Board of Directors and, from time to time, be subject to review by the members at the Annual General Meeting.
The purpose of this initiative is to have a steady increase in membership fees on an annual basis, as opposed to larger increases at unknown intervals.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
ATESL 2023: Resilience, Resources and Strength in Language Teaching
We would like to sincerely thank all conference committee volunteers, registrants, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors for making the 2023 Conference such a success!
The ATESL 2023 Conference theme: Resilience, Resources and Strength in Language Teaching acknowledges that the past three years have been challenging for language educators. Coming together after all this time will be an opportunity to share what we have learned in a supportive environment.
Throughout the pandemic, English Language educators exhibited their resilience, willingness to develop and share resources, and strength in their ability to adapt teaching methods and to learn new ones. ATESL would like to acknowledge that this is a vibrant and supportive group, and we were so excited to host this two-day conference for our members.
Please email Johnson and Jani if you have any questions.
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
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: https://www.tesl.ca/certification/tesl-canada-professional-certification.html
If you have any questions about certification please email email@example.com
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.
Online Learning Resources
A Google Drive folder was created during the early days of the pandemic in 2020 as a repository of valuable teaching resources, and a Google Doc which contains links to online learning tools and sessions.
This folder will remain available to our members for the forseeable future.
This is a strong and giving community, and together we can help one another and our learners.
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