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The Puerto Rico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (PRTESOL) is an independent, nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1966. The organization was created out of professional concern over the lack of a single, all-inclusive professional organization that could bring together teachers and administrators at all educational levels with an interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages; also known as ESOL in the early days prior to the foundation of TESOL as a field, profession, and/or organization.

In 1977, under the leadership of Prof. Lucy Portela, the TESOL Puerto Rico Chapter redacted its first formal Constitution and was incorporated through the Puerto Rico Department of State as a nonprofit corporation under the official name of Puerto Rico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (and its new acronym PRTESOL), the official name the organization carries to this day.

As a nonprofit organization, PRTESOL is an official member of the TESOL International Association Affiliate Network and has been in good standing with the TESOL organization for over 52 years.



The PRTESOL mission is to provide professional development, advocacy, research, and scholarship opportunities to promote the quality of English language teaching and learning in Puerto Rico. 


PRTESOL is a non profit dedicated to:

  • promoting scholarship and professional development;

  • providing opportunities for study and research;

  • disseminating information on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages;

  • improving instruction in ELL programs;

  • coordinating information with local, stateside, and international organizations;

  • promoting the recognition of English as an additional language.

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