TESL Ontario

TESL Ontario functions as a certification body for English language educators in Ontario, and provides accreditation for TESL training institutions. This non-profit organization, established in 1972, serves the professional development needs of English language educators and addresses the range of competencies, experiences and issues which influence the success of immigrants, refugees, visa students and others who are learning English.

Happy Pride Month from TESL Ontario!

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Today marks the start of Pride Month 2023 here in Ontario and around the world. This month is a time to remember and reflect upon the many contributions and achievements of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, often in the face of great adversity.

Amidst the celebrations, we acknowledge the ongoing need for more support, acceptance and allyship, as the rights of many in the 2SLGBTQ+ community continue to come under attack.

Happy Pride Month from all of us at TESL Ontario!

TESL Ontario Statement Support for Turkey & Syria Earthquake Victims

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TESL Ontario expresses deep condolences to our many Turkish and Syrian members today following the devastating series of earthquakes and aftershocks that have affected those nations. Images of homes, businesses, libraries, schools and historical buildings destroyed are overwhelming, while the human toll is nothing short of heartbreaking.

We encourage those who are able to consider showing their support for the people of Turkey and Syria through reputable organizations such as the Humanitarian Coalition or Médecins Sans Frontières.

Black History Month

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Today marks the start of Black History Month, a time to pause and honour the legacy of Black Canadians and celebrate the contributions they have made and continue to make to the diverse fabric of our society. 

TESL Ontario encourages all members to take the time this month to listen, to learn and to join us in our efforts to be strong allies in eradicating anti-Black racism and discrimination.

Research Project: Non-native English language teachers' early career anxiety and resilience in post-pandemic times

You are invited to participate in a study conducted by Dr. Julie Byrd Clark, Principal Investigator, and Aide Chen, co-investigator, about non-native English language teachers’ early career anxiety and resilience in post-pandemic times.

Your participation in this study will help us understand non-native English teachers' early career challenges and possible ways to facilitate professional development in post-pandemic times.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Today, September 30th, 2022, marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation across Turtle Island.

Today, we also observe Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led day of commemoration to remember the stolen children and survivors of the residential school system and to honour their families and communities.

The orange shirt, recognizing the clothing that was taken from Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, on her first day at a residential school, serves as a symbolic reminder of the stripping of culture and freedom from Indigenous children over generations.

We encourage all of our members to take time to reflect today - and to wear orange in remembrance of the tragic legacy of the residential school system and in solidarity with its survivors and the call for truth and reconciliation.

To begin or to continue a journey of learning, we recommend exploring this resource and other valuable resources on Indigenous culture, arts, and heritage that represents just some of the rich and diverse voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

The TESL Ontario office is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Wendat and the Haudenosaunee.

Research Project: University Transition of International Students

You are invited to participate in the study “University Transition of International Students” that we, Ridha Ben-Rejeb (researcher) and principal investigator Dr Frank Boers are conducting at Western Education. This study aims to explore the experiences of individual international students as they transitioned from an English language preparatory program in Canada to pursue undergraduate studies at a Canadian university. The inquiry focuses particularly on identifying language skills, strategies and resources that enhanced their university transition and success.