TESL Ontario

Established in 1972, TESL Ontario is a supportive community empowering educational professionals to help English language learners to thrive.  We are the largest association for language training professionals in Canada, with 12 affiliate chapters across Ontario.



TESL Ontario Members

TESL Ontario has more than 4700 members, 85% of whom hold a certificate of language instructor accreditation.

73% of TESL Ontario members are from 3 teaching sectors: Language Instructions for Newcomers to Canada (LINC; 30%), Continuing Education (22%)  and College/University (21%).

Expertise and Training

The expertise of TESL Ontario teachers is a result of worldwide training and experience. TESL Ontario recognizes this training and experience in a number of ways including language instructor accreditation, as well as program accreditation for TESL training programs in colleges, universities, school boards, and private career colleges. In addition, we offer TESL Trainer approval and Post TESL Certificate Trainer approval.  TESL Ontario also offers eligible applicants the option to apply for language instructor accreditation through our prior learning assessment and recognition service.

All TESL Ontario accredited members are required to participate in 10 hours of professional development (PD) each year, and provide proof of their PD activities through our unique PD audit system.

TESL Ontario Annual Conference

TESL Ontario offers the largest annual conference for language training professionals in Canada. Theconference is crucial in providing current education to ESL professionals.  A technology fair, a research symposium, daily keynote speakers, combined with in-depth concurrent presentations and workshops provide a variety of educational opportunities for all attendees, while social functions each evening provide networking opportunities.

ESL Week

Each year TESL Ontario petitions municipalities across Ontario to declare ESL Week. ESL Week is an annual occasion to celebrate Ontario’s ESL educators and learners. It is designed to show support for the ESL profession and the commitment and daily efforts of learners, instructors, and administrators.