CATESOL, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit organization open to anyone concerned with the teaching of English as a second or foreign language, standard English as a second dialect, or bilingual education.
CATESOL members include classroom teachers at all levels, instructors in teacher-training programs, university students, aides, and administrators in California and Nevada.
CATESOL works to ensure that all of its members will be equally represented. Each level of instruction--elementary, secondary, adult, community college, intensive English programs (IEP), and college/university--is represented by a member on the Board of Directors. There are 12 chapters: Bay Area, Capital Area, Inland Empire, Los Padres, Northern Nevada, Orange County, San Diego, San Gabriel Valley, Saroyan, Southern Nevada, Steinbeck, and Yosemite.
CATESOL is the largest U.S. affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), which has more than 100 affiliates in the United States and abroad.
CATESOL has partnerships with JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers), NSW (New South Wales), and URUTESOL (Uruguay TESOL). CATESOL participates in a bilingual coalition with other professional organizations.
CATESOL promotes professional competence and professional standards in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, monitors educational policy, and represents the needs of ESL teachers and students to decision-making bodies such as school districts and state legislatures.
CATESOL holds an annual conference in the fall featuring three days of noted speakers, workshops and presentations on teaching techniques and current research, and publishers' exhibits. Three large regional conferences are held each year in the spring--in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Additionally, smaller chapter conferences are held throughout the year in California and Nevada.
CATESOL publishes a newsletter and a scholarly journal as well as a twice-monthly emailed news update. The newsletter is published online four times a year. Refereed articles on practical teaching ideas and recent developments in research are published twice annually in The CATESOL Journal. In addition, CATESOL publishes position statements on instructional issues and sociopolitical concerns as well as directories on ESL programs and professional programs in TESOL in California and Nevada.