Argentina TESOL (ARTESOL), the first TESOL affiliate in South America, was founded in 1987. ARTESOL has 250 members from all over the country who are professionals from three different ELT sectors: university/tertiary, binational centers, high school, and primary school.
In Argentina teachers generally teach in more than one sector. About 45% of the members teach at university or tertiary level, but many of them also teach at high school level. Then 40% teach at high school and/or primary school level, and 15% both at university/tertiary level and binational center level. Many ARTESOL members hold an MA degree and/or a doctorate degree.
Since its founding almost 30 years ago, Argentina TESOL (ARTESOL) has committed itself to enhancing professionalism in English language teaching in Argentina through unfailing work on professional expertise and quality in the field. Being a TESOL affiliate has made possible a constant updating of knowledge through permanent connections with ELT professionals from other organizations.
Conventions and Publications
ARTESOL organizes annual conventions, seminars, and courses. ARTESOL conventions are generally held in different provinces in Argentina. Teachers from the interior of the country appreciate having access to ARTESOL because it has allowed them to become acquainted with its mission. The association has also hosted Southern Cone conferences as well as a TESOL symposium. In all of these events, ELT educators have exchanged ideas and practices on ELT issues, engaged in research projects, and learned about different contexts and possibilities.
ARTESOL publishes two online refereed journals, the ESP E-journal on ESP practices, and Building Networks among Teachers, the association's EFL journal. Both journals give educators the opportunity to publish research articles, reviews, and pedagogical experiences. ARTESOL also publishes the monthly News Bulletin, which keeps members informed about different educational matters in the ELT field.
From 2009 to 2012, Franklin Electronic Publishers organized global spelling competitions, in cooperation with TESOL International Association, for EFL learners outside the United States. Argentina was invited to participate in all these competitions. An Argentine contestant was the winner of the first Global Spell Event. Since 2013 ARTESOL is proud to organize the ARTESOL Annual Spelling Competition.