Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages is a professional association representing teachers, English language learners and their families in K-12 public schools in Massachusetts.  We also represent educators and English language learners in adult learning centers, higher education institutions and the workplace.

Our primary mission focuses on advocating for the educational achievement and opportunities of English language learners and the professional development of all educators who serve English language learners.  Members join Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in their areas of interest.

MATSOL is a volunteer organization, so we rely on the involvement of our members for the success of our programs and initiatives.  MATSOL is an affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).


What's new?

  • The MATSOL website is undergoing some renovation today. Please check back for membership renewal and conference registration.
  • MELLC Registration open now.

MATSOL Annual Meeting and Special Interest Group Forum: New date! Saturday, October 30, 2010.  Successes and Challenges in the Education of English Language Learners in Massachusetts. Click here for details...

MATSOL 2011 Conference: Thursday, Friday and Saturday (half day), May 5-7, 2011 Click here for details...

Call for Proposals: Submit a proposal for the 2011 Conference. Deadline October 31, 2010 Click here for details...

MA English Learner Leadership Council (MELLC)
Registration is open for the 2010-2011 MELLC meeting series. Open to members who have been appointed (or serve in the role) as English Learner Education Program Director or Coordinator. Click here for details.

Call for Nominations: MATSOL Board of Directors

Show your commitment to the value of the MATSOL and help to shape its future by serving on the Board of Directors.  You may nominate yourself or someone else. Click here for details...

Call for Nominations: 2011 Linda Schulman Innovation Grants

MATSOL members may apply for a grants of $500 to $1,000 will fund a pedagogical project to benefit English Language Learners by improving their language skills or increasing their understanding of American culture. Click here to download the Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations: 2011 Anne Dow Award

The 2011 Award will be given to a professional in higher education who has made innovative contributions to an ESL program which enables non-native speakers to complete their education. Click here to download the Call for Nominations.

MATSOL Member named 2011 Mass Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Floris Wilma Ortiz-Marrero for receiving this honor! See the Boston Globe article here.

RITELL Becomes TESOL's 102nd Affiliate!
RITELL (Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners) became a TESOL affiliate at the TESOL 2010 Convention in Boston.  Please visit the RITELL website.

The MATSOL Advocacy Committeealt

The MATSOL Advocacy Committee, in coalition with other organizations, organized the delivery of 22 oral testimonies from parents, teachers, district administrators, researchers and teacher educators before the Mass Joint Committee on Education on October 6, 2010 in support of House Bill 486 “An Act Relative to Enhancing English Opportunities for All Students in the Commonwealth.”

Please send either a letter to each member of the Joint Committee on Education.  We need to keep our legislators aware that House Bill 486 is urgently needed and must be passed this legislative session. More...

ELLs in Massachusetts: Click here to view recent reports regarding the education of English Language Learners in Massachusetts.


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