About Us

TESL Ontario provides support and direction to professionals, government bodies and learners involved in English as a Second Language in Ontario.

TESL Ontario was established in 1972 as an independent not for profit association serving the professional development needs of English language educators in Ontario. The Association consists of a provincial office and 12 affiliate chapters and is governed by a nine-person board of directors.

TESL Ontario provides a certification system for educators working in the adult language training field and a recognition program for TESL training institutions in Ontario. The association is financially supported by membership fees, a portion of which it distributes to the affiliate chapters for local professional development activities.

TESL Ontario Vision Statement

To inspire professionals and learners through our role as a leading authority on English language education.

TESL Ontario Mission Statement

To provide support and direction to professionals, government bodies, and industry stakeholders involved in English language education

Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide opportunities for professional development for all sectors of ESL

  2. To ensure excellence in the field of Adult non-credit ESL through TESL Ontario Certification.

  3. To provide opportunities for linking with other ESL professional organizations, nationally and internationally through various venues such as CONTACT and the TESL Ontario website.

  4. To provide expertise to local, provincial and national government bodies through consultations, representation on committees, etc.

  5. To promote the development of materials which are appropriate to the needs and the culture of our client groups.

  6. To operate in a fiscally responsible manner within standard accounting practices.

TESL Ontario Anti-Racism Statement

As an English language education organization, we recognize that institutional racism has profound negative impacts for racialized colleagues, learners and communities. As ambassadors to Canada, TESL Ontario professionals play a significant role in helping language learners gain the language skills required to thrive in their community. As such, we are committed to dismantling racism by instilling values such as equity, diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism in all facets of our profession.

TESL Ontario commits to continuously raising awareness about and confronting discriminatory behaviour and systemic racism.

TESL Ontario has committed to the following tangible actions:

  • Encourage more conversations through articles and blog posts that tackle specific issues experienced in marginalized communities.
  • Offer increased opportunities for professional development and support around the topics of race and discrimination, such as webinars, conference sessions, workshops, and collections of classroom teaching materials.
  • Support racialized and/or marginalized members of our organization by providing them with platforms (e.g. blog posts/webinars) to raise awareness for issues in their communities related to English language training.
  • Continue to provide a safe space for BIPOC members to participate in committees, boards, and other volunteer opportunities.
  • Condemn acts of systemic racism and discrimination in the field of English language education across our platforms.

We hold ourselves accountable to these commitments and the continuous learning involved in enacting them.

TESL Ontario Diversity Statement

At TESL Ontario, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are central to our organization’s identity and membership. Our commitment to these core values is and always will be unwavering, as they guide to represent all provincial stakeholders in English language education. Centering diversity ensures that our actions are encompassing of all of our members and help to inform equitable and inclusive decisions, projects and initiatives.