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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.

2023 Conference

Call for Committee Members

The Board is thrilled to announce that Johnson Kunnel and Rosanna Quintieri are ATESL's 2023 Conference Managers! 

They are looking for enthusiastic committee members to help them plan ATESL's first in person conference since 2019 - this October 27 & 28 at SAIT in Calgary. 

Please fill in the attached form to indicate your interest:

The call for committee members closes on Sunday, April 30th. 

Watch for more exciting updates coming soon!  

Please email Johnson and Rosanna 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:
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.

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.