TESL Ontario

TESL Ontario, established in 1972, is a non-profit organization serving the needs of teachers of English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development. In its commitment to professional development and advocacy, TESL Ontario addresses the range of competencies, experiences, and issues which influence the success of immigrants, refugees, visa students, and others who are learning English.


Celebrating 50 Years image

Reflecting on the past. Looking forward to the future.

TESL Ontario was established 50 years ago. In many ways, so much has changed over those 50 years, and yet TESL Ontario still remains true to what is at the heart of our core vision – supporting the English language teaching community and providing innovative professional development. We strive to provide the knowledge and tools required by TESL educators to inspire excellence in their language teaching practices, to help language learners thrive.

TESL Ontario invites our 4500 members to celebrate 50 years of advancement for the profession. Watch for special tributes throughout the year that highlight the organization’s history, achievements, and milestones.


Research Project: Stigmatized ESL Teacher Talk!

ESL teachers, have you ever been told that you are speaking too much in class? What did you do about it? How did it make you feel?

Perhaps it would surprise you that ESL teacher talk should not be about the quantity of that talk. A new program, Quality Teacher Talk Training (QTTT) has been developed to focus on the real problem: A lack of discourse based training in most TESL training programs.

Research Project: English Language Teacher (ELT) Self-Directed Teacher Learning (SDTL) in Online Spaces: Case Studies of Teacher Explorers

I am a PhD Candidate at York University, who is looking for participants for my dissertation research project English Language Teacher (ELT) Self-Directed Teacher Learning (SDTL) in Online Spaces: Case Studies of Teacher Explorers. Briefly, I am looking for experienced English language teachers (5 years+) who engage in professional development activities online because of their own interest (i.e., not due to their employer’s requirement, or to fulfill re-certification requirements). I am hoping to learn more about your motivations, learning experiences, and reflections on teaching.

Research Project: English Language Instructor's/Teacher's approaches to teaching Confucian students

My name is Jessica Portelance and I am a master’s student working under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Falzone in the Department of Education at Niagara University. As part of my master’s degree, I am conducting a research study on current English Language Instructor's/Teacher's approaches to teaching students who come from Confucian heritage cultures in an online setting. If you have experience as an English language instructor/teacher/professor/professional with students in this demographic, I would like to invite you to participate in this study and offer your insights.

New PLAR Assessment Service - Starting January 1, 2022

In 2018, TESL Ontario received four-year project funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) for the development of a new Competency and Credit Based PLAR process. TESL Ontario is pleased to announce that the project is now complete and the new Competency-and-Credit Based Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition service will be launched as of January 1, 2022. The current portfolio-based PLAR service will be discontinued as of the same date.

To be eligible for the new PLAR service, candidates must have the following:

Research Project: Teaching of grammar in ESL classrooms

You are invited to participate in a study on the teaching of grammar in ESL classrooms, specifically, exploring how ESL teachers are prepared and supported in developing the skills and expertise to effectively teach grammar to adults in the ESL classroom. If you are an ESL teacher and have completed a TESL Certificate or other language teacher education program, your input in an online survey would be very much appreciated! Please visit the Call for Research Participants for the study description. Feel free to contact me at antvaleo@yorku.ca

TESL Ontario Statement: London Tragedy

TESL Ontario is shocked and saddened by the tragic deaths of a Muslim family in London, ON., following a hate-motivated attack this week. We are pained that so many people within our own communities feel unsafe or unwelcome as they live their daily lives.

While we mourn this tremendous loss and abhorrent act of hate, we hold in our thoughts the nine-year old survivor. We stand in solidarity and support with our Muslim friends, members, colleagues and loved ones, and remain committed to providing a community free from discrimination of any kind.

Islamophobia has no place in our society and TESL Ontario is committed to ensuring it is never allowed to take root in our diverse educational community.