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About Us

AMTESOL was founded in 1982, and membership is open to everyone interested in and or involved in the teaching and administration programs in English as a second or foreign language. In Mississippi we have members from various intensive English programs and public school systems in places such as Hattiesburg, Starkville, and Oxford. In Alabama our members include ESL professionals from all over the state such as Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Birmingham, Gadsden, and numerous places in-between.


AMTESOL strives to serve the needs of intensive program teachers, administrators, graduate students, and K-12 teachers in the field of ESL. Historically speaking, AMTESOL provided one of the few opportunities for ESL professionals in Alabama and Mississippi to receive local support, professional development, and opportunities to share ideas and experience. Today, AMTESOL strives to continue this service in combination with support programs that may already be in place. Over the years, members of AMTESOL have emphasized that one of the greatest benefits of membership is the connections made in the field of ESL, many of which have lasted for many years.

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Our Mission

  • To collect and disseminate useful information about teaching English as a second language.

  • To provide opportunities for interaction among ESL professionals.

  • To identify and address TESOL problems of local, regional, and national concern.

  • To stimulate professional development within the TESOL institutions of the area.

  • To promote and actively support programs in local communities that will improve the teaching of English as a second language at all levels of education.

  • To advocate the recognition of the specialized nature of the TESOL profession on the local, state, and national levels.

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