mELTing Pot Extra 2015
Publication of IATEFL-Hungary
Carmen Moreno Huart a teacher of English and Spanish as a Foreign Language, teacher trainer and materials developer in the Balearic Islands, as well as in England and the United States, Carmen has been director of the Spanish Socrates National Agency at the Ministry of Education in Madrid and has coordinated the International Programmes Unit at the regional Ministry of Education of the Balearic Islands. After returning to teaching in 2010, she is currently the Head of the Foreign Languages Department of Bendinat High School in Mallorca. She is one of the founding members of APABAL and the coordinator of the CITA project.
This two-year project, which is coordinated by APABAL (Language Teachers’ Association of the Balearic Islands), is being carried out in conjunction with two associate members, IATEFL-HU and LAKMA, the letters of which stand for English teachers’ associations from Hungary and Lithuania, respectively. The project is funded by the European Union within the framework of the new generation of Erasmus+, the new programme for education.
Our main objectives are to develop, sustain and update our associations, through international cooperation, thereby providing professional support to the teaching community and defining a competence and innovation profile for teachers of English as a second language, as well as for teachers of subject areas in English (CLIL). The funds allocated will be used to promote innovative guidelines and quality activities, in cooperation with our partners. Our associations are also fully committed to sharing knowledge and promoting plurilingualism.
The project will conclude with an international conference to report on results achieved and to consider the most effective means to disseminate and implement our guidelines. The project partners will also be committed to follow-up, with regular contact after the programme has been completed. The final product will include the publication of a set of CITA guidelines for running a sustainable teachers’ association addressed at improving management, increasing membership and opening up our activities to different sectors of our communities.
Given the present situation of education in most European countries with continuous budget cuts, overworked and underpaid teachers and low motivated students who faced an uncertain professional future, the role of teachers associations is emerging as institutions that facilitate networking for both professional and personal development.
It is especially important at this moment for local associations to develop and modernize our organisations through international cooperation, sharing common interests, experiences and ways to make the most of our scarce resources.
The success of the project will depend upon our ability to respond in ways that value personal initiative, responsibility, creativity, commitment and collaboration with others. CITA project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.