We, IATEFL-Hungary – the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language – Hungary, believe in a future where quality, professional development and equal opportunities in English language learning and teaching are properly appreciated in Hungary.
We have been a key figure in English language teaching in Hungary for 25 years and have built a prestigious and ever-growing network of ideas and professionals. We can help our members take control of their professional career and play an active role in shaping English language education.
Our members include practising primary and secondary school teachers, as well as teachers in higher education and language schools. Many of our members are also involved in materials writing, testing and assessment, teacher education, educational management and various activities related to the profession of English Language Teaching. We are a member of the UK based IATEFL International.
- a dynamically developing professional community
- up-to-date information on opportunities for professional development
- an opportunity to participate in professional trainings for credit points
- contacts with English teachers from other national and international associations of language teachers
- the chance to represent us at professional conferences abroad
- a monthly e-newsletter
- registration at a reduced rate for our annual conference in October
- three issues of mELTing Pot (a magazine written by and for English teachers) on an annual basis
- Learnathon: a project to promote innovative mobile applications
- CITA – Erasmus+ Project: Cooperation in Teacher Associations
- Plant a tree – a 25th anniversary project
- Creative Café – on the first Friday of every month
- Summer Course – cooperation with RELO US Embassy
- Be a Dictionary Champion – with Akadémiai Kiadó
- ESP Course with Evan Frendo
- IATEFL BESIG Summer Symposium 2015
- 25th Silver Jubilee Conference in October
LAKMA (Eng. Lithuanian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) is a voluntary community of ELT professionals in Lithuania founded in 1993. It links pre-service and in-service teachers of English, teacher trainers, educators and publishers who are interested in interaction, sharing experience and communicating innovatory ideas in ELT. The association offers individual and institutional membership and links 250 members registered at the association database every year.
The members representing all different education levels are encouraged to participate in professional development events, conferences, SIGs activities, and inter/national projects. LAKMA members are actively involved in educational policy decision-making processes, such as the Curriculum of Secondary Education, Programmes of State Examinations, National Contest of English, CLIL integration in primary and general secondary education.
LAKMA is an asociate member of IATEFL and is open to partnership with teacher associations in Europe and worldwide.
It should be admitted that in the course of its activties, the association has gone through difficulties and failures in terms of membership retention, active voluntary participation, commitment and collaboration. It is also true that LAKMA can pride itself in being able to successfully respond to challenges and find workable solutions.
All LAKMA past and upcoming activities are shared on the association website www.lakmaonline.lt.
LAKMA team is glad to join the CITA project seeing it as a wonderful opportunity to cooperate with Hungarian and Spanish colleagues in promotion and exchange of creative and innovative ideas. Sharing and learning from each other is an ideal way to grow personally and professionally.
On June 22, 2010 APABAL (Associació de professors d’anglès de les Illes Balears/ English Teachers Association in the Balearic Islands) was presented publicly for the first time in Palma de Mallorca. It was created by a group of enthusiastic teachers of English, belonging to different educational levels, with the main objectives of raising awareness of the importance of quality English language teaching and supporting educational practices in this field.
It is therefore a very young association but quickly growing and becoming well-known in our community. Today, we have a membership of almost 150 people which is not bad when you think of a region of approximately 1 million inhabitants.
Other more specific aims of the association are to:
- Keep the level of professional and educational competence in our region up to date as regards not only those who teach English there, but also those who teach other subject matters in English. Teachers and students of all levels, whether in the public or private sector, a well as all those citizens interested in the English language and culture are welcome to become members.
- Promote the development of research on the teaching of English, establishing links with the University of the Balearic Islands and other higher education institutions, foundations, enterprises and publishing companies.
- Facilitate communication among English teachers, to share experiences, methods, materials and ideas.
In order to achieve these aims, the following types of activities are being organised:
- The annual Conference, lectures and film series, cultural evenings and more…
- The APABAL magazine whose first issue was launched in 2011.
- Research projects within the framework of the University of the Balearic Islands.
- Local and international projects
Now we are involved in a new exciting adventure, the development of the CITA project (Cooperation and Innovation in Foreign Language Teachers Associations), funded by the European Union, Erasmus+ programme, and we hope to learn a lot from our more experienced partners associations, IATEFL-HU and LAKMA. It is going to be a wonderful opportunity of sharing good practices, discussing common concerns and looking together for the best answers to benefit our members and the teaching profession in general.